Sustainability is at the forefront of our minds here at tbh Skincare. We want to be able to help people with their skin and confidence, but not at the expense of the environment!
As a small business, we take our environmental duties very seriously and are dedicated to doing our best every day to be environmentally conscious. We are an open book and will ALWAYS be transparent with our customers, even if this means sometimes means oversharing matters of our personal life as well ;) ....
But in all seriousness, if you ever have any questions, slide into our DM’s or email our customer service team. We are more than happy to answer away besties!
We do have some really epic sustainability initiatives here at tbh! So we thought it was worth sharing them with you...
We offset all of our carbon emissions
We have partnered with an incredible Australian tube manufacturer, Impact International, to be part of an initiative to offset carbon emissions. Impact International is the first ever manufacturer to offset their carbon emissions through its own infrastructure, i.e. its own forest.
We sponsor a plot of 1,500 pine trees within Impact International's forest! These trees alone offset 1.5 million regular plastic 100mL tubes annually, so we actually offset more than we produce.
Further to Impact International’s Sustainable Forest Program, this tube manufacturer also has large solar farm so that they generate their own energy that powers the factory where they produce their tubes. Additionally, the tubes that they produce are manufactured using sugar cane resin, a renewable resource to help tackle Australia’s recycling crisis. So not only do the tubes have a lower footprint to begin with, being made from a renewable source... they are also made in a factory powered by green energy, and their footprint is offset by the pine trees located in Impact International's forest just outside of Canberra, NSW!
Alongside tbh, there are nine other recognisable Australian brands that have partnered with Impact International on this initiative to include Bondi Sans, Breeze Balm, Chroma Australia, De Lorenzo Hair Care, Lovekins, Natio, Pump Hair Care, Soodox and Ultraceuticals. Go team!
Our tubes are made from a renewable source!
Some things are better sugar free, but not our tubes! Our tubes are made from sugarcane resin, rather than regular plastic.
The difference between sugarcane and plastic
While sugarcane resin is not biodegradable, it is recyclable!
Sugarcane absorbs one of our biggest pollutants, carbon dioxide, making it far superior to oil. Oil-based plastics require mining for oil, and this process releases carbon from the Earth’s soil, into our air. This process is a major setback for climate change. The less oil-based products we use and depend on, the better!
Sugarcane's durability is one of its advantages. It can thrive in the driest of pastures and actually aids in soil recovery. Bagasse, also known as a sugarcane waste product, is also utilised to create energy which is used to run the ethanol production process.
And as for our serum, rebound...It's made out of 50% recycled plastic!
We are proud to say both, our small and large, shipper boxes are 100% recyclable as well as our thank you cards that you receive with each order, which are also made from recycled materials as well!
In order to protect our products during transportation, we sometimes need to use bubble wrap – and we know what you’re thinking ‘bubble wrap…seriously? That’s the most un-environmentally friendly packaging of all time’. BUT, don’t worry besties because we are here to confirm it is in fact biodegradable, and quite expensive at that. Call us material gworls if you must 💅🏽 You can have your ASMR bubble popping moment without hurting the environment…It’s a win win!
In addition, larger orders are packed in pink hero packaging, material gworl. The home-compostable shipping mailer is made from 70-80% PBAT, a co-polymer that is completely compostable and 20-30% PLA which is a fancy way of saying cornstarch.
What’s next for us?
As Hannah Montana wisely once said ‘nobody’s perfect’. We are continually looking for opportunities and ways in which we can improve and to be more sustainable and eco-friendly.
In the future we will be looking into teracycle, which is a recycling platform that collects non-recyclable pre-consumer and post-consumer waste on behalf of corporate donors or municipalities to turn it into raw material to be used in new products.
And remember…helping the planet is hot ;) We have linked some organisations below If you wish to look further into how you can help heal the planet, whether it is big or small!