Earth Day 2022 Sustainability Efforts Report from Be Green Bath and Body

Our Sustainability Report Card

At Be Green Bath and Body, we are working to become as earth-friendly as possible every day. While it is difficult to be low waste in the beauty industry, especially for a small business, we are striving in this direction. 

Product Labels As of March 15, 2022 our labels are printed on FiberStone¬ģ Paper. It is made from 80% Calcium Carbonate and 20% non-toxic resin (HDPE- High-Density Polyethylene). The Calcium Carbonate comes from limestone collected as waste material from existing quarries for the building and construction industry. It is ground down to a fine powder like chalk and the HDPE acts as a binder for the Calcium Carbonate.¬†

 

Product Packaging This is the area we spend a substantial amount of time on. We purchase most of packaging from a company in NY. However, we do realize that most of the plastic packaging comes from China ultimately. We are working on changing out plastic for products where this is possible. Refill sizes, products used in the shower and products that require squeezing to be applied are more difficult to figure out. We are looking at aluminum, however, as a small business it has proven to be cost prohibitive currently. The cost is about 8 times as high as plastic. We do not ship our products with outer boxes that end up being thrown away. Please read below for information on our current packaging and recyclability.

  • Serums, Argan Oil, Blemish Defense- glass bottle. Dropper bottles have a glass dropper with rubber bulb and plastic surround. Roller bottles have a plastic roller ball and plastic polypropylene cap. Glass is infinitely recyclable.
  • Powders, Dry Shampoo- Aluminum shaker bottle with metal cap. Recyclable and reusable. Powder and Dry Shampoo Refills- Packaged in a home compostable zipper pouch. Remove label before composting. Label can be recycled with paper.
  • Shea Butter Tin- metal tin container. Fully recyclable.
  • Sample size jars of Day and Night Creams- white polypropylene. Recycle code <5>.
  • Lotions, Shower Gels, Toners, Facial Cleanser, Body Oils, Makeup Remover, Hair Oil, Evening Primrose Oil- HDPE natural bottles. Recycle code <2>.
  • Foaming Soap 8 oz- PET bottle. Recycle code <1>. Foaming pump- polypropylene. Recycle code <5>. Pump can be reused for many refills before recycling.
  • Green Tea Cleaner, Shaving Foam 8 oz- HDPE natural bottle. Recycle code <2>. Foaming pump- polypropylene. Recycle code <5>. Pump can be reused for many refills before recycling.
  • Calendula Cream, Herbal Balm, Cleansing Grains, Shea Hand Cream, Baby Balm, 2 oz Day and Night Creams- PCR (post consumer recycled) PET black jars. Recycle code <1>.
  • Deodorant tubes- white polypropylene tube. Recycle code <5>. Bottle caps- white and black polypropylene caps. Recycle code <5>. White and black metal caps for 64oz jugs and 4oz jars are aluminum and recyclable.

Shipping Materials

Our products are shipped via USPS for 95% of orders.  For large orders, it may be more cost effective for us to use UPS.

Orders under 1 lb are shipped in padded mailing envelopes.  Depending on the volume of the order, we use either a 100% post consumer recycled padded envelope that is plastic free and curbside recyclable or an Ecoenclose bubble envelope.  This envelope is made with a minimum of 50.27% recycled plastic (10% post consumer).  It has an extra adhesive strip so that it can be reused and it is recyclable with plastic film recycling. (Most grocery stores have bins to recycle plastic film and plastic bags.)  Ecoenclose will also take back the used mailers.  Click HERE for more info. 

Orders over 1lb are shipped in USPS priority mail boxes that can be reused and recycled with curbside recycling.  We also use USPS priority mail padded envelopes.  These can be recycled with plastic film recycling and placed in plastic bag take back bins located in most grocery stores.

Our shipping labels are also from Ecoenclose.  They are printed thermally so no ink is needed.  They are curbside recyclable.  The labels come on zero waste release liners that are 100% recycled and curbside recyclable.  We do use these release liners as void fill when packaging large orders.

Our packing tape is from Ecoenclose.  It marries a cellulose backing with a high-performing natural rubber adhesive.  It is 100% plant-derived, renewable, and industrially compostable.

Our Be Green branded tissue paper and sticker that your order will be wrapped in is from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, acid free paper printed with soy-based ink.

The void fill we use includes air pillows, paper, bubble wrap, peanuts and other misc. products.  All of the fill is donated to us by friends, family and local businesses to be reused and recycled.  Please recycle air pillows and bubble wrap with plastic film recycling.  We do purchase heavy duty bubble pouches and plastic zipper bags for the 64oz refill sizes.  USPS and UPS require this for shipping liquid products.  We also purchase small bubble pouches for the glass bottles.

Your packing slip is printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper.  On the reverse side, we print information about Be Green and our products.

All of our packaging (plastic/glass/metal) can be¬†recycled for free at any¬†TerraCycle¬ģ drop-off location.¬† You will find these in Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores nationwide.¬† Click¬†here¬†for an interactive map of drop-off locations.

Ingredient Sourcing

We purchase about 85% of our ingredients from a supplier that is 10 miles from our office.  While some of these ingredients are sourced in the US, many of the oils are ultimately from Europe (apricot, avocado, grapeseed and olive oils).  About 80% of the oils we purchase are certified organic.  Certified organic ingredients are grown and harvested in a much more earth-friendly way, free of harsh chemicals.  We purchase our raw ingredients in as big a quantity as possible for a small business.  This means that many of the ingredients are in 5 gallon sizes which cuts down on plastic.  All of the plastic packaging that our ingredients come in, is recycled locally.

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