Beyond Organic – What to look for in a truly “Green” skin care line
Friday, June 22, 2012 — 0 Comments
As the green movement has gained popularity, the terms behind it seem to have become little more than marketing buzzwords. How can the truly environmentally-concerned spa owner tell what is an authentically eco-friendly line?
No Heavy Metals
Environmental advocacy groups are now lobbying Health
Siloxanes are some of the chemicals responsible for making our beauty products lather and foam, but they have been shown to contaminate our water sources and disrupt the delicate ecological balance. Avoid any products that use siloxanes for a truly eco-friendly line.
To cite an ingredient as organic is often all consumers worry about, but even organic farming can have a devastating environmental effect if it is not done sustainably. Sustainable farming means that the product has been farmed in a way that respects the ecosystem around it and ensures that it will continue to grow in coming seasons.
What happens when you’ve finished the product? Is the jar going to end up in a landfill or can it be recycled? And if the packaging is plastic, is it food-grade plastic or will toxins seep into the environment?
Renewable Energy Manufacturing
Again, aside from organic ingredients, another important feature to investigate is the energy used for manufacturing. Does the manufacturer use solar energy, wind energy or some other renewable, green energy source?
Looking for a truly eco-friendly line that goes beyond organic may seem like a daunting task, but there are some authentic lines available on the market. RVB’s Holistic Beauty, for example, is an eco-conscious line that incorporates all of the above traits. For more information on RVB’s green practices, or the RVB heavy metal test, contact exclusive Canadian distributors Intercosmetics at 1-800-263-4333.