The company also raised $4m in a seed funding round, led by SOUNDWaves, an ESG investment vehicle focused on sustainable supply chain management


Uni Bodycare Collection. (Credit: Business Wire)

Uni has launched its operations as a closed-loop body-care brand to design and formulate sustainable products that prevent toxins and plastic wastes from entering the ocean.

In addition, the company has raised $4m in seed funding, led by SOUNDWaves, an ESG investment vehicle focused on sustainable supply chain management.

Uni is initially offering a unisex line of hand soap, haircare, and bodycare products, formulated with reef-safe ingredients.

Its bodycare line includes exfoliating hand wash, skin shield body wash, 24-hour body serum, hydrating shampoo and hydrating conditioner.

Uni founder and CEO Alexandra Keating said: “Uni was designed to eradicate future production of toxins and plastic waste that enter the ocean through our products. That meant looking at every aspect from upcycled ingredients to a new innovative system of reuse.

“But for Uni to make an impact, we had to make a product that people wanted, and it was clear to me that the opportunity was in performance-based products and innovative design.”

SOUNDWaves partner Ashton Kutcher said: “The hospitality industry is far too reliant on single-use packaging. The shift to reusable, refillable, and ocean-safe solutions should be adopted by every player in the industry.”

The company has specifically designed the Uni Refill System for reuse, where each of the 100% recycled aluminium bottles twists into a reusable dispenser.

Under the closed-loop programme, the company takes back the aluminium refills to be washed and refilled with carbon-neutral shipping.

Uni Marine Complex, the company’s combination of marine actives and ingredients with a 24-hour hydrating effect, is incorporated in all five formulas.

The complex is integrated with Australian super plants to deliver antioxidants and vitamins for all skin and hair types.

Uni said that all of its marine extracts are sourced ethically from sustainable resources, exclusively formulated with skin and planet-safe ingredients, along with natural scents.

Uni creative director Marc Atlan said: “Uni’s design is sustainable but doesn’t compromise on elegance. It is unique, minimal and timeless.

“The two-and-a-half-year development process incorporated every aspect of Uni’s packaging, masterfully concepted and crafted to provide a unique refillable system.”