I have been using Burt‘s Bees since I first discovered it pacing the aisles of Boots quite few years ago. At that point they didn’t have a huge amount of products but I loved the natural smell of their products, particularly their hand balm which I have a huge tin of.
Since working in the beauty industry I cannot quite believe the use and waste of plastics. Companies don’t seem to have a second thought for the amount of waste they produce, and the sheer size of their carbon footprint. The cheaper, the better is a philosophy that is all too common in the beauty industry. There are exceptions out there, and it is becoming more and more apparent that as the consumer has been demanding more sustainable packaging and sources, the beauty industry has started to have a look at alternative ideas and more resourceful solutions.
Burt‘s Bees has been rocking my world since I first tried their products, and they are seriously dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint, something that is pretty refreshing in the beauty world. They have a zero waste dedication which involves their employees sifting through rubbish to make sure nothing is wasted. Their packaging also uses a minimum of 30% PCR (post-consumer recycled content) and is often able to be recycled again. They are members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition as well as being certified as Carbon Neutral and return millions of gallons of water to watersheds. Pretty impressive eh? They also gather a lot of their ingredients in sustainable ways, supporting smaller communities and they are pretty transparent on everything they do and admit themselves that there is still a lot to do and have some amiable goals for the future.
They are a pretty great example of a big company that does care about their impact on the environment. A company that listens to its consumers and is trying to make a business without causing a detrimental effect on the environment. I am a big fan of their hand cream and lip balms! Check them out!
On a side note, Burt’s Bees has not paid me in any way to post this. I doubt they know who I am, I just genuinely love the product.