Beyond Beauty: Our Sustainability Focus
At Earthwise Beauty we make every effort to find the absolute best quality ingredients that nature has to offer. In return for these healing gifts, we are doing our best to protect and preserve the Earth.
Our passion for sustainability informs everything we do, from our ingredient selection and product development to our packaging and shipping materials. While many companies these days are committed to producing eco-conscious products, those products are often packaged and shipped in ways that are wasteful and unsustainable. Though it can be surprisingly difficult to find environmentally-friendly options for paper products and shipping materials, we are dedicated to finding the most earth-friendly products available for all our packaging and shipping needs, and are constantly on the hunt for better and more sustainable options.
To ship our products to you we use custom-made boxes from 100% recycled material. The boxes are sized to fit our products with minimal need for fill. For larger orders we use Priority Mail Boxes from USPS, which meet the standards of both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council. When our shipping needs are even larger than the USPS boxes allow, we reuse boxes that our supplies have been sent to us in. (You should see our storage area; totally overflowing with boxes awaiting a second life!)
Of course, our products must be carefully wrapped before being tucked away into one of our earth-friendly boxes. We use a paper alternative to plastic bubble wrap to ensure that your order arrives to you intact. GreenWrap is a recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, and SFI-certified wrapping paper that, as a bonus, is much prettier than bubble wrap.
In place of standard plastic packing tape, we have found a more eco-friendly carton sealing alternative. Kraft Paper Tape is comprised of a FSC-certified paper backing interwoven with fiberglass threads, layered with exclusive biodegradable laminate and finished with a water-activated, high-performing potato starch adhesive. It's amazing!
In addition to this we are also using corrugated wrap that effectively and efficiently cushions your products as they make their journey to your home. It is 100% recycled material that is 100% recyclable.
To reduce waste, our individual products are never enclosed in secondary boxes; just the reusable and recyclable bottles and glass jars that hold the products. A great majority of our products are packaged in glass, even small 0.25 fl. oz. samples.
Being an online shop, rather than brick and mortar, we have been able to embrace an electronic filing and communication system. Virtually everything is done electronically, with minimal use of paper for jotting down notes here and there.
The paper products we do use are also carefully chosen to reduce the impact they have on the environment. Majority of our business cards, postcards, and cards with refrigerating and storage instructions are printed on Environment brand FSC certified papers. These papers are either 100% recycled content or 50% alternative/sustainable fibers, such as bamboo and bagasee, and 50% post-consumer fibers. They are made with 100% renewable green energy, are Green Seal certified, and are archival. The majority of our paper products are printed on paper that is processed chlorine free. As part of our ongoing commitment to finding the most sustainable options available, we are also currently investigating a new brand of paper that uses 100% post-consumer fibers.
Finally, we always carefully sort all our waste to recycle everything that is recyclable in Washington State, and we only use natural biodegradable cleaning supplies in all our processes.