Sans [ceuticals] | Investing in our planet

20 - 05 - 24

We’ve never really talked about what we do from a ‘sustainable’ point of view, we’ve just gone and done what we thought was the right thing to do by our values: cruelty-free sourcing, local production, naturally-derived ingredients, carbon-offset deliveries shipped in paper. A collection we evolve rather than expand. Multifunctional products so you use fewer. Glass and aluminium where we can, and where we haven’t, a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic system.

We are constantly questioning ourselves on how we can do it all better. If a refill comes in plastic is it really sustainable? What’s the carbon cost of sending products back onto another recycling party? To help us navigate this tricky terrain, we’ve spent nearly four years with environmental and circulatory consultants to ensure the action we take doesn’t negate the sustainable ambitions we have. We’re almost there with an improved offering that takes all of this into consideration, launching towards the end of this year.

While we tinker away on that, we’re offsetting our emissions by 125% with the Climate Positive organisational certification from Toitū Envirocare to help create a regenerative future for Papatūānuku.

Ask Lucy

What does being a Toitū Climate Positive certified organisation mean?

Toitū climate positive certification is proof an organisation is taking science-led, meaningful climate action for a decarbonised future.

Each year, the inventory, management plan and impact investments are independently verified by Toitū Envirocare — — a subsidiary of crown entity Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

To achieve Toitū climate positive certification, we have:
• measured all operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions required under the international standard for carbon
footprints, ISO 14064-1, which includes vehicles, business travel, fuel and electricity, paper, and waste
• estimated our full value chain emissions - from suppliers to customers
• set science-aligned reduction targets for direct and indirect emissions, and will show reductions on a three-year cycle
• offset any unavoidable emissions through the purchase of carbon credits to go beyond neutrality for 125% compensation
• invested in initiatives that have positive impacts beyond our value chain. This investment is equivalent to the cost of offsetting 75% of our organisation’s footprint

What other action have we taken?

All ingredients are 100 percent biodegradable.

All ingredients are from sustainable resources.

Products are designed to be multifunctional, reducing consumption and waste.

Our current collection utilises a mix of glass, aluminium and in the case of plastic — a 100% post-consumer recycled material that is food-grade and BPA-free.

We use 100 percent recyclable aluminium foil tubes that can be placed in your recycling bin.

All packages are delivered in 100% paper packaging.

Packaging is kept to the bare minimum.

We use vegetable dyes for all print material.

Our power is sourced from a provider that uses renewable energy.

Wherever possible shipments are sent via seafreight.

All our packages are delivered to customers in a carbon-neutral manner.

We are set to launch a circular, refillable solution in 2024.

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