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

Sustainability summary

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

Brand owner: Living Nature
Head office: Kerikeri, New Zealand
Sector: Cosmetics
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Living Nature sustainability score report

Last edited: 14 July 2016 by Angela
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? Living Nature implements measures to reduce its climate impact, such as the use of renewable energy at its facility in Kerikeri. 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? Living Nature does not publish the annual climate footprint of last years. 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? Living Nature 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? Living Nature reports a renewable energy use for its electricity consumption at its facility in Kerikeri. However, the overall share is not specified. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

10 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Living Nature only uses natural ingredients for its products, but does not use possible harmful substances like synthetic fragrances or parabens. 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? Living Nature has a clear policy to avoid using the ‘red’ coded ingredients in the SkinDeep database, and publicly clarifies and accounts for the use of the few red listed substances. 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? Living Nature apply the precautionary principle: If there is any doubt about the safety of an ingredient, they don't use it. Source
4. Does the brand refrain from using any microplastics for all of its products? Living Nature uses plastic free microbeads made from Jojoba and Candelilla wax, but does not make us of microplastics. Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Living Nature communicates it has never and will never test on animals. Source
6. Does the cosmetics brand refrain from using animal derived ingredients? Living Nature communicates that the use of animal derived ingredients is completely banned from all products. However, they use beeswax, honey and lactose obtain using industry best-practice methods. Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Living Nature uses only natural, renewable ingredients. Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? See remark for environmental policy question 7. 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? Living Nature only uses natural ingredients according to the BDIH standard and Cosmos Organic certification. Source
10. Are all cosmetics free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials? Living Nature only uses natural ingredients according to the BDIH standard. This standard excludes the use of all mentioned materials. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? All of Living Nature products are certified according to BDIH standard and Cosmos Organic certification. Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? Living Nature is not clear about the percentage of environmentally certified renewable ingredients of its total use of ingredients. 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? Living Nature does not specify whether environmentally responsible use information are provided for its customers through all its brand products. Source
15. Does the brand (company) publish a water footprint and is there a concrete policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? Living Nature 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? Living Nature 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? Living Nature 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? Living Nature implements several measures to minimize the impact of its packaging. But, aggregate results regarding its annual packaging materials footprint are not clearly specified. 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? Living Nature reports that its palm oil and palm oil derivates supply is partly RSPO certified. However, its share of social certification for the tropical ingredients used is not specified. 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? Living Nature sources minerals such as Mica, and claims to be committed to partner only with suppliers that can guarantee ethical sourcing, and its suppliers regularly conduct strict audits, by internationally accredited auditing firms to verify only ethical mining extraction practices are used. But, this is not specified any further. 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