What does sustainability mean to us?

What does sustainability mean to us?

Sustainability in natural skincare refers to practices and products that reduce environmental impact and prioritize long-term ecological balance. These practices include:

  1. Ingredients: Sustainable skincare uses natural, renewable, and ethically sourced ingredients. It avoids harmful chemicals, excessive harvesting, or habitat destruction. Jacinthe Naturals grows its own plants on mountainous terrain in sunny Cyprus away from city pollution. Very importantly, we source all our active ingredients from different Alpine farms that pioneer in organic and sustainable practices in the skincare industry. They grow their plants according to Bio Suisse standards, use renewable electricity to reduce significantly energy consumption, their exhausted plants after extraction are always used as compost in the fields to enrich further the alpine soil, their water consumption is reduced due to improved irrigation processes. Most importantly, their extraction solvents are recycled, and they produce no toxic raw materials or byproducts.

  2. Packaging: Sustainable brands use eco-friendly packaging like recyclable materials, biodegradable containers, or refillable options to reduce waste. Jacinthe Naturals has invested in the use of Miron Violet glass to house its precious actives that is the only glass that is known to stop UVA and UVB rays from entering glass. This ensures that our active ingredients remain fresh and undamaged by light.  In addition, glass recycling companies have confirmed to us that Miron Violet glass is fully recyclable.
  1. Production: Sustainable skincare companies aim for energy efficiency, reduced water usage, and minimal carbon emissions during manufacturing. We source our electricity from solar panels we have installed onsite, use only appliances that work with electricity, and we have consciously selected ingredients that are heat sensitive, so we do not use a lot of heat in the production process.

  2. Fair Trade: Brands that are fair trade often support fair labor practices, ensuring workers are paid fairly and treated ethically. The companies we work with are either cooperatives where you can have a direct communication with the producer of an oil or butter, and support fair trade organizations that pay the farmers confederation according to their cultivated surface and not on the yield of their plant matter. This ensures the maintenance of the standards set to support biodiversity and fair-trade supply chain.

  3. Biodiversity: Brands that use products that promote biodiversity, avoid overharvesting, and support conservation efforts. In addition, we do not use any ingredients from plants that are protected or are going extinct. Hence, we are strongly against the use of ingredients that have been extracted from Rosewood, Hawaiian Sandalwood, or Chinese Scutellaria. All the plants we grow are sustainably grown and because they are wild crafted and cultivated (they naturally grow on our land) they are not overharvested.

We take sustainability and all its aspects quite seriously. Sustainable practices are well rooted in the early stages of caring for our plants, foraging and manufacturing our products in the lab. This ethical contact is also well ingrained into the making of natural skincare that cares for the planet and is honestly good for the skin.

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