Below, you will find more information about our ingredient sourcing, packaging, shipping and packing materials and office.
All of our packaging (plastic/glass/metal) can be recycled for free at any TerraCycle® drop-off location. You will find these in Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores nationwide. Click here for an interactive map of drop-off locations.
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.
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>.
- Shower Gels, Toners, Facial Cleanser, Body Oils, Makeup Remover, Hair Oil- PET amber bottles. Recycle code <1>.
- Lotions - HDPE natural bottle. 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 white 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.
As of March 15, 2022 our labels are printed on FiberStone® 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. Some of the benefits of Fiberstone® are:
- Tree-free, water-free, chlorine-free, acid-free
- Water and oil resistant
- Strong and durable
- Clean production process does not emit toxins into the environment
- Labels are recyclable with paper recycling
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.
In our office, we use 100% LED lighting. We use an energy efficient Mitsubishi mini-split for both heating and cooling. (Honestly, though, we don't use the heat or AC very often.) All lights are turned off at the end of the work day and electronics are powered down to sleep mode to conserve electricity. All of our paper and plastic waste is recycled on a weekly basis. We use nearly all of our paper waste as void fill when shipping products.
We strive to be as earth-friendly, sustainable and low waste as possible. If you have any comments, questions or ideas about we can become more sustainable, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I have a very dry and reactive skin and several face wash products have left me with a burn feel, itchy and red skin. Not this one. The texture is uncommon, but while it doesn’t look or smell like anything I’ve owned in the past, it leaves my skin clean, refreshed and not dried out.
So excited to receive the trial sizes for these products! It’s lovely to be able to try something before committing to a larger size but low and behold I of course love it! I am new to using body oil but it now has a purpose in my life and the lotion is nice and light. I love that the products are EWG certified as well!
So excited to receive the trial sizes for these products! It’s lovely to be able to try something before committing to a larger size but low and behold I of course love it! From the ease of ordering, delivery, packaging and the products well done for it all! I don’t typically use a toner in my skincare regimen but this one does not leave my face burning or “too tight” etc. Love it all!
Have been using this make up remover, primarily for my eye make up for over 2 years! Doesn’t irritate my eyes or my skin, and a little goes a long way!!
The product is so lightweight yet so effective! I have thin, fine hair that gets oily so quick. This dry shampoo helped me get an extra day in versus when I use the other dry shampoos. Also love that I know all the products listed are readable and good for my skin. Will be using this as my only dry shampoo from now on!
It definitely doesn't lather up quite as much as normal shaving foam, but it surprisingly works perfectly well despite that. I also find that, unlike most other shaving creams I've used, it doesn't build up on the razor, so I don't have to wash off the razor as many times while shaving.
A tip from my experience is that your hands (and maybe even your face) shouldn't be too wet when applying the foam, since water washes it away easily. I usually dry my hands before putting it on, and then I use two or three pumps for each half of my face.
Great but not for me
Love these products!
Love these products!
Great product. Love the cleanser and day and night creams.
This is my favorite face wash, I use it every day! Best clean ingredient face wash on the market.
I like the Be Green products. I feel they do the job,without the harmful ingredients other companies use.
I just have to get use to the day cream,previously I was using a product, ( with bad ingredients) that was much thinner and easier to apply than this product.
My skin is very sensitive and I have struggled with life long acne and this is the first cleanser that I have found that is gentle enough to not cause breakouts but powerful enough to really cleanse my skin and leave it feeling soft and refreshed. Definitely recommended!
My favorite product! The night cream is amazing. It's nice and thick so it will last a while and goes on so smoothly and evenly. Very moisturizing without making your skin look or feel heavy or greasy. I feel like I just left the spa every night!
I have only used it once so far but I really like it.