Clean and non-toxic beauty are what constitute our brand, our committed, earth-first sustainable mission is truly the foundation of everything that we do.
It’s not a nicety, an afterthought, or a chance to hang our hats on a trend. It’s our rallying cry, our institution, and what we define as the backbone of truly clean beauty. By being mindful about your own lifestyle habits, you’re supporting our movement. Join us in our sustainability efforts... our biggest goal is to shrink and eliminate single use plastic.
If we don’t care for our natural world, we can’t expect nature to have the tools to care for us. This is how we see it: a brand cannot exist in the green beauty realm without making sustainability its first objective. A healthy planet is a means to healthy skin. We take this to heart, as our completely natural and totally uncompromised skincare is born purely and sustainably from concept to creation.
Our products are created and stored in glass containers, because it’s biodegradable, and plastic containers leach toxins into their contents which compromise the ingredients. We use as many eco-friendly packaging materials as possible, such as post-consumer waste and plant paper. While we are proud of every small and significant change we make, we recognize that there is always more work to be done. We are in constant search of ways to reduce our carbon footprint to the least detectable impact, and we take these measures into all aspects of our lives—you can too! Help us in making these small efforts to preserve the natural harmony that rewards us with beauty day in and day out.
Below are some guidelines and knowledge on how you can start living a more sustainable life today!
The first step weighs heavy on our hearts and our planet and cannot be emphasized enough… cut out single use plastics from your life! Never buy a single use plastic water bottle. Avoid pre-packaged foods (they typically aren’t great for us anyway.) The off-gas from plastics sitting in our landfills is compromising our oxygen, our mineral-rich oceans, our nutrient-powerhouse soils, and our overall wellbeing. Plastic doesn’t begin to degrade for 700 years. This means all the plastic ever produced has not even begun to decompose. Ocean experts predict that if we don’t make any changes there will be more plastic than marine life in our oceans in 30 years. This should motivate us all to make serious changes. The Green Education Foundation offers an extensive list of ways to reduce your use of plastics, and you can start this very moment.
There are many things we can do on a daily basis to support this important step. Reuse any plastic bags you have for shopping or bring your own grocery and produce bags. Reuse empty glass and plastic containers for your next visit to the framer's market or bulk store.
Take your stainless steel, glass and reusable bottles and containers with you everywhere you go, keeping extras in your car for any surprise coffee shop or take out purchases. Collapsible, reusable to-go containers are great for this purpose as they take up little space and you can have multiples. (Check out our Smart Shopper checklist below.)
Think twice before throwing away that old, broken "thing". Many "things" in our life break or get old and run down, not being able to perform the way they were originally intended. But before just tossing it into the trash or recycle bin, take a minute to figure out if it can be repurposed for something else. You'll be surprised on how many "things" can have a 2nd life.
Another notable measure that everyone can make and yet rarely the average consumer does, is to be mindful about recycling. Throwing everything that might possibly be recyclable carelessly into the bin is not a best practice or strongest effort. There is a correct way to recycle, and it’s crucial to reducing the amount of waste that sits dangerously offgassing in landfills under the sun, washed into our oceans, and compromising nature’s microbiome support.
When most of our earth becomes un-recycled waste instead of healthy soil, we can no longer provide the nutrient-dense formulas we rely on for our inside-out glow. You should be checking with your local recycle centers and county guidelines to see exactly just how much and what they will take, but this checklist is an incredibly detailed reference you can heed. To go above and beyond what your local center can process, TerraCycle showcases inspiring ways for everyone to #RecycleEverything! And of course, recycling is the last of the 4 R’s for good reason; it should be our last line of defense in our efforts to live more sustainably.DOWNLOAD CHECKLIST
When it comes to shopping, look for products that are biodegradable, reusable, rechargeable, washable, compostable, refillable. From food to beverages to household items, there are so many earth-conscious choices we can be making to reduce our own footprints enormously to contribute to a clean earth and clean-beauty lifestyle. Shopping for organic local produce at your local farmers market will not only bring you vibrant health and an inside-out glow, but it supports our seasonal ecosystem and reduces carbon emissions.
Shop at other markets that sell local goods. They are often more fresh, delicious, and nutrient rich, their products don’t go to waste as often as they do at local grocery stores. Buying at bulk stores (which are becoming more and more common), or a CSA box like Imperfect Foods is another great way to battle food waste.
Consider the planet when buying products just as much as you consider your health and your skin. Reef-safe sunscreen and non-toxic products will be easier on your body as well as our water and soil, for a beautiful symbiotic cycle of caring for one another. Read more about how to select reef-safe sunscreen.
Download our list of companies and products that we use on a day to day basis that have been tried and tested by us.DOWNLOAD CHECKLIST
Reducing the amount of animal products we consume (especially dairy) has an enormous influence on our planet’s ability to thrive. Eating raw and vegan whenever possible, growing your own fruits and veggies (even if you only have space for one little pot of herbs or tomatoes) makes a dent in the way we see food, and how it gets to us, and what is sacrificed to get it to or your local store and your home. Composting is an amazing practice that will reduce your food waste by providing nutrient soil for your garden, no matter the size. Or, utilize your leftovers, eat them, freeze them, or bring them to a friend to minimize food waste. Visit Savethefood.com for helpful tips. Only produce and take what you need, the rest of the planet will notice.
While we’ve mentioned many small daily wins to start you on a path towards clean, green living, there are endless ways you can incorporate larger scale practices to make a deep, resonating difference for the good of our beautiful planet. Updating your home with green practices will eventually reduce costs for yourself and your family by capturing our natural resources, harmlessly. Download our handy checklist of practical, everyday living practices you can start implementing today!
Check back often to see how we are improving our commitment to a sustainable lifestyle and the tools we use.
(Click here to read how to properly and safely recycle and dispose of our product and shipping materials.)