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Lush
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 26

Sustainability summary

Lush has achieved the D-label. Lush has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Lush Retail Ltd.
Head office: Poole, UK
Sector: Cosmetics
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Lush sustainability score report

Last edited: 21 November 2017 by Josefien
Last reviewed: 21 November 2017 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? Lush implements measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as measures related to business travel. 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? Lush 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? Lush does not communicate 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? Lush does not clearly communicate its overall renewable energy policy. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 18
1. Does the brand have a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances? Lush does not communicate a policy to phase out all possible harmful substances, but uses substances such as 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? Lush does not clarify on the use of possible harmful substances as indicated in the SkinDeep database. 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? Lush does not specify that it strictly applies the precautionary principle (=banning) for all possible harmful substances. Source
4. Does the brand refrain from using any microplastics for all of its products? The use of microplastics is identified in Lush products (effective by July 2017). Source
5. Does the cosmetics brand completely refrain from animal testing including tests in the supply chain? Lush 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? Lush reports that its products are partly vegan, but it does not totally refrain from using animal derived ingredients (like eggs or honey). Source
7. Does the brand have a policy to replace petroleum-based ingredients with renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Lush has not disclosed a policy/commitment on refraining, banning or replacing petroleum based ingredients or composition of its products in terms of biological ingredients. Source
8. Has the brand already achieved an overall ratio of 50% renewable, biodegradable ingredients? Lush does not specify the overall ratio of renewable, biodegradable ingredients. 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? Lush does not specify whether all cosmetics are free of genetically modified materials, nanomaterials and radiated materials. Source
11. Are at least 50% of the brand products certified ‘natural’? Lush does not specify the overall ratio of products certified 'natural'. Source
12. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified renewable ingredients for at least 50% of its total use of ingredients? Lush does not specify the overall ratio of products 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? Lush claims to motivate its customers to bring back packaging that could be re-used. Also, about half of the products can be taken home without packaging. However, the company does not inform users on responsible dosage and water use (see link, video). Source
15. Does the brand (company) publish a water footprint and is there a concrete policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? Lush communicates that it monitors how water is used in its factories and tries to reduce its consumption of fresh water resources. However, an annual, total water footprint of own operations is not disclosed. 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? Lush does not publish an annual, overall 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? Lush does not publish any information on its annual, overall waste materials footprint of own operations. 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? Lush claims to use as little packaging as possible and offers lot of products with "absolutely no packaging at all". It uses recycled materials and the company aims to have 100% of packaging easily recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. But, it does not report on its annual its 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? Lush reports that tropical ingredients such as shea butter are fair trade sourced. 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? Lush does not mention the topic of social risk or certification for its mined ingredients 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