6 Ways We’re An Eco-Friendly Business
At Eminence Organic Skin Care, we truly believe that every day is Earth Day. As we celebrate the greenest month of the year, we’re also celebrating 20 million trees planted to date through our Forests for the Future™ initiative. In addition to planting a tree for every product sold, we also honor our commitment to finding earth-friendly solutions in every aspect of our business. From our green office space in Vancouver, Canada to our sustainable farming practices in Hungary, being green is at the heart of what we do.
If you've ever wondered how our company stays environmentally conscious and embraces eco-friendly practices, here’s an overview of what we do to make every day Earth Day.
Eminence Organics Eco-Friendly Initiatives
1. We Plant A Tree For Every Product Sold!
Eminence Organics, in partnership with Trees For The Future, plants a tree for every retail skin care product sold, allowing us to support communities in developing countries. The Forests for the Future™ initiative helps train farmers to build productive and sustainable crops and farms. This helps local communities grow their own food and build sustainable incomes for their families. Our program has resulted in the planting of trees in more than 22 countries around the world as well as the support of countless communities and families.
Astonishingly, a single tree can produce approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. Trees help lower air temperature to combat climate change while stabilizing the soil by preventing erosion through their roots. They also contribute to the fertility of land through nitrogen fixation and increasing water penetration.
2. The Green Spa Program
Our Green Spa Program rewards businesses that actively support the green movement and inspires others to do more in their spas and salons. Spa businesses must meet 60% of our green requirements in order to be recognized as an Eminence Organics Green Spa. Some of the requirements include choosing reusable or biodegradable options whenever possible, using power strips in treatment rooms and office areas and turning them off when equipment is not in use. Spas must also establish an in-spa recycling awareness program and use natural, non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning supplies instead of chemical-based products.
To find out more about what we ask from our Green Spas, you can read through our Green Spa Requirements. You can also find a certified Eminence Green Spa near you by using our Spa Locator and filtering our Green Spas only.
3. Proud To Be A Certified B Corporation®
As the first Canadian professional skin care company certified as a B Corporation®, we have met the highest standards for overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Certified B Corporations are businesses that work toward corporate responsibility that balances profit and purpose. This certification measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance with the B Impact Assessment evaluating how a company’s operations and business model affects its workers, community, environment and customers.
4. Eco-Friendly Packaging: Retail Boxes
Our retail boxes are printed with eco-friendly inks and made from recyclable material while the majority of our marketing materials are made with FSC certified materials. FSC identifies products which are made of 100% virgin material from FSC-certified forests. These labels provide you with an assurance that the product you are buying is made from responsible sources and have been verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards.
5. Green Company, Green Building
As a growing company, we upsized to a bigger Central Office to enhance our award-winning service to our Spa Partners. When we expanded our eco-friendly office, we never lost sight of our commitment as a green company. Instead of constructing a new building, we expanded into the existing building next door, thereby reducing our carbon footprint. Looking at our office today, the space makes use of natural light with large windows and multiple skylights for greater energy efficiency. Our floors are covered with carpet tiles made from 60% recycled materials and our office walls redecorated with non-toxic paint with low VOC chemicals. We use energy efficient appliances, including fridges, dishwashers, microwaves and eight LED TVs. Other solutions include LED bulbs run on eco-friendly timers and motion sensors as well as a sortable waste disposal, including a section for compostable materials.
6. Sustainable Shipping Materials & Sugar Sheet Paper
When it comes to our shipping materials, and even the paper we use in our office, we turn to natural plant sources first. We use a combination of biodegradable packing popcorn and unbleached kraft paper when shipping our products. Our packing popcorn is made of biodegradable potato or corn starch that dissolves into water as non-toxic and non-hazardous waste. In the office, the paper we use in the printers are sugar sheets. These edible sheets are made from 100% natural sugar cane fiber residue which helps to preserve forests and reduce greenhouse gas.
As a company, we’re inspired daily by the creative ways that others take proactive action to make our planet a happier and healthier place. We’re also extremely proud to say that our business partners, loyal Spa Partners and Eminence Organics fans are all doing their part for the green movement.
In what ways do you keep our planet green, healthy and happy? Tell us in the comments below.
This article was originally written in March 2021.