In 2018, we challenged ourselves to one-day become The World's Most Sustainable Professional-Led Skincare Brand. After all, goals drive the mind. We immediately replaced hundreds of thousands of future plastic inserts with recycled paper, and made sure every piece of paper-based packaging was either recycled or FSC certified. But this is just the start. The future roadmap for meeting this pledge is driven by three initiatives.
Our first Annual Eco Report is due to be published in 2021
ZERO WASTE BY 2023*
We pledge to ensure that our packaging will be predominantly recyclable, refillable or reusable by 2023*. This involves an enormous amount of work but we are making good progress and we plan to share publicly a progress report in 2021.
* Please note that our brand will never compromise on formula efficacy therefore certain exceptions eg. for functional packaging, must apply at least until 2028 (in our report we will be transparent about what is exempt from our pledge and why)
Reducing plastic waste is very important. But climate change is driven by carbon emissions. This is why we have a separate lens on carbon reduction. We are reviewing our whole supply chain for how we can make improvements to our carbon footprint. Here's some changes we've already made: more B2B shipping using slow boats saves a lot of energy, recently offsetting the carbon emissions from all B2C deliveries with certified 3rd party, switching 100% of our energy suppliers to renewable sources. We will feed in all our USA website sales now too.
Each year, we spend over £4m in costs (from ingredients to equipment to packaging, people and more). The world is now so interconnected and supply-chains so complex that the best way we can help preserve sustainability is to use our significant purchasing power wisely. Before we buy, we take a view on a supplier's likely impact on biodiversity, human rights and animal welfare. And think, 'can we shift positive change with more orders'. This work is becoming more formalised. See more of our animal welfare work by visiting the Zipper Foundation