At BCC limiting waste, making conscious choices and minimising our footprint is important to us. We know it’s important to you too, and as someone choosing whether to purchase our products we believe that you have a right to know as much as possible about how we operate, so you can decide whether your values are aligned with ours 🤗
The journey towards running a more sustainable business will never be over. There will always be new research, new advice around best practices and new innovations that make better choices more readily available.
This sustainability report is just our starting point and will be updated as we learn and improve. As the saying goes; once you know better, you do better.
On that note, if you have an idea about something you think we could be doing better, please get in touch for a chinwag. We’re really keen to collaborate with you - our community - on our journey to be more environmentally friendly.
This report covers:
- Social commitment
After reviewing the packaging options available, we chose glass jars and rich mineral paper labels.
Here’s an overview of the options we were faced with, and why we made the choices that we did.
While many forms of plastic packaging are recyclable, less than 7% of the plastic that has been produced has ever been recycled, meaning that 488,808,000,000 bottles end up in our oceans or landfill every year. New Zealanders currently recycle around 60% of their plastic waste, with around 40% of plastic items that could potentially be recycled ending up in landfills.
Approximately 252,000 tonnes of plastic waste is disposed of to NZ landfills each year (based on 8% of 3.156 million tonnes of waste to landfill).
There are plastic recycling or reuse programmes available, but often these are inconvenient for the customer - you - to use. For example, you may be asked to save your empties and mail them back to the company, which is a great idea but is impractical for many people. While we all have the best of intentions, we’re already pretty busy. Life often gets in the way and this can mean that packaging that was due to be sent back ends up in the bin anyway.
Recycled plastic packaging
While researching packaging options we spoke to companies that manufacture recycled plastic from curbside post-consumer waste (the stuff that ends up in bins).
We chose not to use recycled plastic because, at the end of the day, it’s still plastic that could end up in landfill again, either breaking down into microplastics that cause harm to us and the environment, or never breaking down at all.
Lined paper canisters
Similar products such as protein powders often use paper canisters for packaging. The benefits of this kind of packaging are that it looks environmentally friendly due to the paper outer layer, and you can create beautifully designed and fully custom packaging.
However, this packaging is not actually recyclable. This is because the lining inside the canister (made of materials like foil and polypropylene) that keeps the contents fresh and dry is fused to the paper outer layer. As a result, they can’t be separated at the recycling plant and sorted into their proper streams.
We believe that many companies don’t know that this type of packaging can’t be recycled and are making honest mistakes in choosing it. Due to the paper outer layer, canisters appear to be a great sustainable option, but unfortunately that isn’t the case.
Glass can be reused, recycled and repurposed.
Our choice to use glass was backed up by the idea of trying to create packaging that people would want to reuse, rather than throw away. Our green glass jars look good and make great vases, pantry storage or nick-nack holders.
We also partnered with GoodFor to supply refills, so you can use your jar time and time again. GoodFor have 7 stores across NZ, but if you don’t happen to be near one you can also order online, and your refill will be sent to you in a home compostable bag.
However, we are aware that glass isn’t a perfect solution. As It is heavier than plastic, producing and shipping glass can come with a higher carbon footprint.
Due to these drawbacks, we may not always use glass as our packaging choice and continue to look at other options. Luckily, innovation in sustainable packaging is moving quickly and we hope that more solutions will become available soon. In the meantime, this feels like the best choice for us.
Our lids are made of recyclable plastic. We are trying to find a manufacturer who can make our jars with metal lids, but in the meantime we ask that you please reuse the lid alongside the jar, or ensure that it is recycled.
The labels on our jars were carefully chosen. In order for you to reuse our jars, it’s important that you can remove the label with minimal glue, stickiness and label residue left over.
We use rich mineral paper (RMP) as, compared to paper, it has some nice benefits:
- low CO2 emission profile
- It beneficially reuses a waste stream.
- It's manufacture does not pollute waterways and rivers with toxic effluent
- It's manufacture uses relatively little energy utilising solar power.
It is estimated that the production of 1 ton of RMP means compared with pulp paper:
- Low carbon emission
- 7480 gallons of fresh water saved
- reduction of CO2 release
- 19.05 Kg waterborne waste not produced
- 107.05 Kg atmospheric emissions eliminated
- 6 million BTUs energy not consumed
- 20 trees not cut down
Figures provided by Environmental Defense
Regular paper labels rip when you try to remove them, and can be a pain to remove. Synthetic labels are a popular option. They are easy to remove, however they are made of plastics.
We use bovine collagen in our Collagen Beauty Milk. This is sourced from Gelita. Their sustainability report can be found here. Gelita has initiatives in areas such as clean wastewater, cutting CO2 emissions, and high standards of animal welfare. Gelita partners with the meat industry, using byproducts and taking a nose to nail approach designed to reduce wastage.
We would ideally like to partner with a New Zealand company for our collagen, however, at this stage we are not aware of any producers who would be viable. If you know of any, please let us know!
We are working with producers and ingredients innovators around the world with the aim of offering novel collagen solutions that have a light impact on the environment. While we can’t say what’s coming, we are excited about the future of this space.
Oat milk powder
Our oat milk powder is sourced from Australian oats, and the oats are processed in Germany. We chose this provider to give a superior user experience, as they are able to offer oat milk powder that tastes creamy, at barista grade.
We are actively seeking a New Zealand producer of the same quality. Luckily the industry here is speeding up and we hope it won’t be too long before a local option is available.
Our products are manufactured in Auckland, New Zealand.
Our labels come from a New Zealand company based in Auckland, and our glass jars are custom made and come from China as China manufacturers around 90% of the world’s glass.
We believe in social enterprise, and we’re here to support positive change. That’s why we pledge 1% of sales to supporting equality and human rights initiatives. The first cause we are supporting is Human Dignity Trust, a not for profit organisation that defends the rights of LGBTQ globally.
If there is a cause you think we should support next, get in touch and let’s chat about it. Hello@beautyceutical.co is where you can reach us.