Being a botanically-based beauty company, we’re working to improve our environmental impact in everything we do. We know we’re not perfect, but we are making steady progress on our journey to become a greener business. Read about the latest steps we’ve taken.
Sourcing the highest quality naturally active ingredients is fundamental to the Liz Earle range, but their source must be ethical too. That’s why we have our Jennifer Hirsch, In-house Botanist, who researches sustainable, fairly traded ingredients from sources that support local ecosystems, ensuring their impact on the environment is as minimal as possible.
While we try to use organically certified ingredients wherever possible, sometimes the quality simply doesn’t live up to that of a non-organic ingredient or may require that it travels for long distances to reach us, in which case we would opt to buy locally. Certification may also be challenging and impractical for small producers. If an ingredient is grown in line with organic principles we will use it, certified or not: at the end of the day, what represents all of the consideration, debate and research we do is the name Liz Earle on every product.
Many of our products are already made from easily recyclable materials such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene teraphthalate (PET). We are constantly looking for ways to make our packaging greener.
We love sharing our news with you, but we also know we have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact. That’s why we use recycled paper and paper sourced from sustainably managed forests in all our communications. In addition, our newsletters and leaflets are now printed using 100% vegetable inks and solvent free varnishes, which are better for the environment.
Our home: The Green House
The Green House is our head office, based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. We designed this visionary building to include many environmentally-friendly innovations, including geo-thermal heating, which uses the natural heat from the ground to keep us warm (and cool) and a facility to harvest rain water, which is then filtered into our bathrooms to flush our toilets.
Movement and sensory timers ensure our lighting automatically turns off when there is no-one in the room, recycled paper is used across the building, and all our kitchen waste is composted on site.
Our newly purchased woodland, located next to The Green House, is being managed as a natural habitat to encourage local flora and fauna, and as a resource for local schools.
Our in-house Environmental Advisor, Geoff Day, is responsible for overseeing and advising the company on all environmental issues related to our business. Stay up to date on the latest news from Geoff in his blog, and read The Green House diary to find out more about life on our Island home.
We have recently achieved ISO14001 certification, the internationally recognised environmental management system accredited by an independent body. This helps us to account for the environmental impact of every aspect of our business, from the packaging of our products to the light bulbs we use.
Education and community
As well as educating our employees on the importance of environmental awareness, we also communicate green tips and advice in our weekly internal communications.
Last year we launched our environmental schools seminar, which helps to inform and inspire the wider community about the collective benefits of greener living. This seminar is now set to become an annual event.
We welcome your feedback about any aspect of our business. Please contact us with any queries or comments.
Enjoy regular updates on our journey to becoming a more eco-friendly business on our green news page.