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Lavera
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 12 out of 26

Sustainability summary

lavera has achieved the C-label. lavera is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Laverana GmbH & Co. KG
Head office: Wennigsen, Germany
Sector: Cosmetics
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Lavera sustainability score report

Last edited: 14 July 2016 by Wieke
Last reviewed: 14 July 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 4
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Lavera implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as the use of renewable energy. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Lavera does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. It is therefore not clear if the implemented measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Lavera does not communicate up to date target reductions for its climate footprint of own operations. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Lavera reports a renewable energy use for its electricity consumption. However, the additionality of supply is not clear enough specified. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

10 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Lavera only uses natural ingredients for its products, but does not use possible harmful substances like synthetic fragrances and colorings, paraffin, silicones, petroleum products or synthetic fats. Source
2. Does the brand refrain from using the high hazard (red coded) chemicals as listed in the Skin Deep database of the Environmental Working Group, and if still used, does the brand give scientific account for the safe use of it? Lavera is listed in the SkinDeep database using ‘red’ coded ingredients, but publicly clarifies and accounts for the use of each red listed substance (essential oils as fragrances) (see also link, next question). Source
3. Does the brand strictly apply the precautionary principle (=banning) for all possible harmful substances such as parabens, also when the scientific evidence for possible harm is limited, unclear or debated? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand refrain from using any microplastics for all of its products? Lavera communicates it uses no microplastic in its products. Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Lavera completely refrains from animal testing, and does not delegate this task to others. Source
6. Does the cosmetics brand refrain from using animal derived ingredients? Lavera states that about 95% of its products are vegan. Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Lavera products do not contain ingredients from petrochemical industry, but only uses natural ingredients. Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Lavera's products are certified according to NATRUE standard. Source
9. Are all the cosmetics of the brand free of organic-synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, ethoxylated raw materials, synthetic UV filters, synthetic preservatives, silicones, paraffin and other petroleum derived products? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
10. Are all cosmetics free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials? Lavera only uses natural ingredients that need to satisfy NATRUE requirements. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? Lavera is a NATRUE full member category A, which requires that at least 75% of all natural and organic products are certified or in the process of being certified to the NATRUE label. Lavera claims all its natural cosmetics are NATRUE certified. Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? Lavera does not specify whether at least 50% of its products are certified 'organic'. Source
13. Are at least 90% of the brand products certified ‘organic’? See remark for environmental policy question 12. Source
14. Does the brand inform users through all products about environmentally responsible use, such as dosage, water use and packaging disposal? Lavera does not specify whether environmentally responsible use information are provided for its customers through all products. Source
15. Does the brand (company) publish a water footprint and is there a concrete policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? Lavera does not publish any information on its annual water footprint. Source
16. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material use footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use? Lavera does not publish an annual material footprint, neither by sold product. Source
17. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Lavera does not publish any information on its annual waste materials footprint. Source
18. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Lavera implements several measures to minimize the impact of its packaging, but does not publish any information on its annual packaging materials footprint. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (company) purchase tropical ingredients such as palm oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, carnauba wax from sources (e.g. plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce these tropical materials? Lavera reports that its white tea supply is fair trade sourced. However, for other ingredients like shea butter or cocoa oil social certification is not mentioned. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% of its tropical ingredients such as palm oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, carnauba wax from sources (e.g. plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the tropical ingredients? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase mined raw materials such as mica and gold from sources (e.g. mines) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the raw materials, and/or is the brand equally involved in significant initiatives to achieve this? Lavera does not mention the topic of social risk or certification for its mined ingredients (like mica) from low wage countries. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% of its mined raw materials such as mica and gold from sources (e.g. mines) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labour, and provide a better living standard for the workers who produce the raw materials, and/or is the brand equally involved in significant initiatives to achieve this? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source