Each year millions of bottles and jars end up in land-fills because of mass production and products that went past their expiration date. Most of these products do not decompose and place a burden on our ecosystem. We are committed to being part of the solution and have out-lined steps below that we take everyday to ensure we are doing our part.
While we recognize that we still have a lot of work to do below are some of the areas where we have made inroads while continuing to look for ways that we can minimize our impact on the environment.
1. Made To Order In Small Batches
Our products are made in small batches instead of mass production. This ensures that what we produce will be used within it's shelf life and will not end up in landfills. Each week we locally produce only the products that have been ordered.
2. Supplier Relationships
We have aligned ourselves with raw material suppliers and green chemistry labs who share the same beliefs and values that "less is more" and "quality is more important then quantity". We have spent the past 10 years building supplier relationships with companies who invest in solar energy, water-saving harvesting techniques, organic, wild-crafted, biodynamic and pesticide-free growth. When selecting our raw materials these elements of sustainable production are very important to us as we we believe in partnerships that result in a positive environmental impact. In addition, we source our plant oils from cooperatives that invest back into their employees, land and communities.
3. Sustainable Packaging
Our sustainable glass packaging is designed with our intention to be mindful of the environment and with this we decided on a label that can be peeled off so that the bottles and jars can be repurposed and not just thrown away for recycling which is great but is also a heavily burdened aspect of over consumption. Our glass bottles can become beautiful bud vases and small keepsake jars.
4. Small Discovery Size Products
We sell discovery size samples in 10 ml glass bottles as a way to ensure our customers can try the products before committing to a larger size that may not be suitable for their skin type. In addition to this initiative we also have an on-line questionnaire so that we can help each customer select the best products. These two initiatives greatly reduce the amount of wasted products, exchanges and returns.
5. Shipping Materials
We use boxes that can be fully recycled along with recycled tissue paper, envelopes and note paper. In some cases we do need to ship packages with eco-friendly shipping pillows that can also be recycled.
6. Made Without Silicone And Dimethicone
Several forms of plastic and silicone based ingredients are known environmental toxins. These ingredients are often used as film-forming ingredients and slip-enhancers - which we feel actually dulls the complexion over time. We have worked very hard to replace these ingredients and instead we use alternatives to silicone and Dimethicone so that your skin and the environment can breath. In addition to eliminating plastic and silicone based ingredients you can also request in your check-out notes to ship without the application spatulas for all moisturizers and masks.
Areas We Are Working On
We are currently sourcing non-plastic pumps, labels and lids for our glass bottles which are currently not available do to the the nature of our natural ingredients. However we are constantly testing alternatives to plastics and feel hopeful that as the plastic ban becomes more prevalent that this technology will be made available.