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Have you ever wondered if recycling was enough? As a brand, sustainability and Earth play a large role in our daily lives and in our decisions for our products. Materials, ingredients, recyclability, and preserving resources is what drives most of our choices. Recycling, however, is not a foolproof system. For example:
- Paper takes up most of the space in landfills, and while it is biodegradable, it takes two to six weeks to do so. Also, there’s debate about whether landfills even contain enough dirt for biodegradation to take place.
- Metal and aluminum in the beauty industry have to be completely emptied to be recycled.
- An estimated one-third of glass is recycled.
These statistics are what lead us to create reusable products. Packing that can be repurposed and refilled. With our ingredients being completely dry and not including nearly 95% of water as many beauty products contain, we remove the need for added ingredients to prevent water-borne bacteria. This also reduces the impact of rinsing unnecessary chemicals into our drains and water systems. We’re also sensitive to throwing plastic packaging away to potentially sit in our oceans and landfills so we source reusable packaging, which works if you choose to reorder or even repurpose it in a creative way!
- By simply using refillable containers, approximately 70% of carbon emissions which are attributed to the packaging in the beauty industry could be eliminated, according to a Netherlands-based group, LCA Centre, who studies the environmental impact of packaging. [source]
- With the beauty industry producing billions of plastic packaging units annually, and the eight million metric tons on plastic that ends up in the ocean every year, if current trends continue, by 2050, plastic will outweigh fish in our oceans, and 12 billion metric tons of it will sit in landfills. [source]
- 120 Billion units of cosmetic packaging are produced every year, and mostly for one-time use. [source]
- As freshwater is slowly becoming a rare commodity with only about 2.5-3% of the world’s water being fresh, approximately 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to fresh water and another 2.7 billion find it to be scarce at least one month per the year. The world’s rivers and wetlands are drying up, and climate change is altering weather patterns, as a result, many analysts predict that two-thirds of the world's population could face water shortage by the year 2025. [source]
These stats invigorate us to produce better, to find sustainable solutions to tackle real secondary concerns. We know your first concern is effective formulations to help your specialty skincare, however, you can also intentionally help the earth!