Vegan Skincare: Sustainable & Ethical Sourcing

There are more than 8,000 Empire State buildings equivalent of used plastic in the world. We decided to reuse them because they had nowhere to go.

 

Sustainability at Skin Diligent is an integral part of our DNA. It's integrated in our sourcing of raw materials, in formulating products, in manufacturing, in packaging, in distribution & marketing, and in product end-of-life considerations (recycling).

Plastic & Planet

We analysed the cost, the carbon footprint and the compatibility/safety of various packaging solutions with skincare products in order to select the most appropriate one. It wasn't an easy task.

The conclusion of our research lead us to opt for fully recyclable plastic with a minimum content of 50% recycled plastic (in fact ours contain between 50-80%) for our skincare products. We intend to switch to 100% recycled plastic when such plastic becomes safe and compatible with skincare products. With so much used plastic littering the planet, we felt the importance to put them to use, so they don't end up in landfills and oceans.

For our food supplement packaging, we have opted for a 100% compostable biodegradable bioplastic made of excess sugar capacity in South East Asia. Our pill jars are approved for food contact in the EU. Over 90% of the mass decomposes within 6 months under compostability conditions (high temperature, humidity and bacteria). Absence of one of these conditions slows decomposition but doesn't stop it as long as temperature is above 0ºC. 

Why plastic? They are not easily breakable in transport or use, low cost means lower product price for you and lower carbon footprint. The problem? Too much used plastic in landfills and oceans, which takes hundreds of years to biodegrade and it is currently not recycled enough. If we increased the demand for used plastic, we believe we can achieve more plastic recycling. 

Glass and aluminium have a high rate of recyclability but are more expensive and carry a high carbon footprint.

We are committed to using only 100% recyclable, recycled or biodegradable plastic. The timing depends on how soon we find 100% safe recycled or biodegradable plastic for skincare (used plastic can be contaminated if previously used for toxic products and skincare ingredients like oils that come to contact with such plastics can trigger the toxins to leach out). We hope it won't be too long. 

 

People

Everyone can be a winner - the ingredient growers, the environment, the product makers and the skincare users.  

 

We are extremely proud to be working with a laboratory that sources all its botanical ingredients responsibly. Our sourcing of ingredients is like none other in the world. A big claim? Here is how. 

All our botanical ingredients are sourced directly from the cooperatives of farmers and growers; there is no middlemen in our botanical supply chain. In Cameroon, we work with a group of pigmies to pick one of the ingredients. They use a sustainable method proven through millennia. At the mouth of the Amazon river, we work with an ethnobotanist who has a direct partnership with the local population in sourcing sustainably. 

One of the keys to sustainable farming is biodiversity. Our cooperatives in Africa achieve this by education on one hand, and practicing Pierre Rabhi's agro-ecological philosophy on the other. No chemicals are used and plant species that are symbiotic are planted together to increase biodiversity of plants, insects, and crop yields. The method is truly 'organic' (but without the labelling) and champions harmony with nature. Education at the cooperatives consist of teaching these methods to the farmers, providing access to schools for the young ones and bursaries for those with ambitions to further their education. 

These initiatives may be a small drop in the ocean. But we are extremely proud of the symbiotic approach used to produce our ingredients because it is a win-win for producers, makers, users and the environment. We use the same symbiotic approach to formulate our products. We are proud of creating meaningful solutions. Safely. Sustainably. Naturally.