In 2018, Zero Waste Week reported the global cosmetics industry produced 120 billion units of packaging every year, with much of that being single use plastics.
In order to minimize our contributions to plastic pollution in our oceans, deforestation and carbon emissions, beauty brands must commit to sourcing sustainable, vegan ingredients, eco-friendly packaging and responsibly sourced postage materials. By taking on this responsibility it is our belief that beauty companies can encourage consumers to make more sustainable choices.
At The Glowcery, we ensure that at every touch point we make more sustainable choices, whilst encouraging the 3 R’s: recycle, reduce and re-use. No-one can do everything, everyone can do something, together we can do anything. Here’s how we do our part:
All of our superfood skincare products are handmade in our artisan lab in small batches. Formulating in small batches allows us to keep our energy emissions low and preserves the freshness and quality of the products. We have found that it is also easier to quality control small-batch productions to ensure that there is less waste overall and that every batch meets our high standards.
We are a vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable skincare brand so as well as meeting these expectations we take it further by ensuring that our fresh ingredients are sourced from suppliers who adopt ethical, environmental and social practices.
The suppliers we use ensure transparent and honest supply chain systems which enables them to track their ingredients from their warehouse to the farm where it is grown using sustainable farming methods. Our suppliers participate in fair-trade efforts and fairly support the growers that cultivate the raw materials we use in our products and in addition make philanthropy efforts made to support local communities.
When choosing packaging to house our superfood formulas, we are considerate of their environmental impact, and so our products are all housed in glass (green, frosted and amber bottles) or aluminium, both materials can be easily recycled at curb side. These eco-friendly materials decrease the use of single-use or non-recyclable plastic. Glass is able to filter out damaging UV rays helping to extend the shelf life of products.
Whilst glass is recyclable, it is heavier to transport than plastic, meaning it has a higher carbon footprint when it comes to shipping. As we grow, we will continue to work on offsetting our carbon emissions.
For Clean Greens our Superfood Serum, we also offer a refill option that comes with a sustainable aluminium cap instead of a pipette dropper.
We use fully recyclable tissue paper from sustainable forests, manufactured with up to 100% recycled pulp fibres.
Our postal boxes are made from rigid corrugated board that is 100% recyclable and made from responsible sources. On average, our boxes are made from a minimum of 75% recycled fibres.
Our postal tape is made from 100% sustainably sourced Kraft paper that is fully recyclable. The tape we use is acid free and 100% vegan.
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