5 Skincare Brands Share Their Eco-Friendly Practices

environmentally-friendly[Image: Getty Images]The nitty gritty on companies’ green practices— because spa sustainability shouldn’t stop at skin care.

“Pevonia implements green sourcing and state-of-the-art technologies to produce natural formulas in sustainable ways. We select raw ingredients from renewable earth sources with no impact to the environment, and—after processing with natural methods of micronization, encapsulation and delivery systems—all products are completely biodegradable and distributed in fully recyclable packaging. In addition, the brand donates to select organizations and executes companywide measures such as minimizing paper printing, recycling waste, planting trees and saving energy.” —Christian Jurist, MD, medical director of global education, Pevonia

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“We are conscious of our environmental impact in everything we do. From constructing a LEED Gold Certified building, to surrounding it with gardens designed for bees, butterflies and birds, to wellness days for our staff, to sustainable ingredients and recyclable packaging. We’re not perfect but we work at it every day.” —Jane Iredale, founder and president, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

green-practices“Ilike Organic Skin Care has always been committed to lessening its impact on the environment. We handpick all of our Certified Organic herbs, fruits and vegetables, and then process the raw ingredients by hand in small batches that same day (which disturbs nature as little as possible). Currently, we’re introducing airless packaging engineered for 100 percent recyclability in conformation with BDIH, EcoCert and other international organic certifications. Ilike also supports conservation charity World Land Trust-US, donating a portion of proceeds from campaigns hosted throughout the year to create reserves and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.” —Szilvia Hickman, owner, Ilike Organic Skin Care

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“Maintaining and gathering pure seaweed while supporting the ocean has been our company’s priority since the beginning. At Repêchage, we use seaweeds sustainably grown and harvested off the coast of Maine in the U.S., as well as from France’s Brittany Coast. With the increased interest and research into seaweed as a resource and skincare ingredient, it promises to become more important for widespread use—the key is to maintain a sustainable, thriving environment for it that will create a balance between economic growth and ocean health.” —Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO, Repêchage

“FarmHouse Fresh’s ingredients are harvested hydroponically through the company’s farm, as well as other organic and sustainable farms across the U.S. Zero waste is ensured with locally grown produce, harvesting and extracting within minutes, and feeding unused pulp and rinds to farmer’s chickens. Vegetable-based inks are used in all product packaging, with over half of the line available in recyclable glass bottles. And a portion of the sales from all products goes toward animal rescue efforts, from ensuring that shelter animals have a bed to sleep on, to saving them from slaughter and providing a forever home on our Corporate Ranch, to helping transport and rehome abandoned animals in the wake of disasters.” —Shannon McLinden, founder and CEO, FarmHouse Fresh

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