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Our environmental policy

Since Lush began, our founders and staff have been aware of how the products we manufacture and sell interact with the environment. We have always used creative solutions to make a positive impact on the planet, like the invention of the first-ever solid shampoo bar.

Environmental issues are at the heart of the company and trickle through to the decisions we make on a daily basis. For example, we use almond and olive oil - not mineral oil - partly because we think fields of trees make our lives much richer than oil fields. We keep on top of legislation and welcome new regulations that genuinely reduce our impact. We like to support environmental groups that take part in creative direct action to help change the law.

We are committed to becoming more sustainable the more we grow, by using our buying power to drive positive change.

We believe taking care of the environment is everyone's responsibility including all of our staff and our customers.

Here's how we've been doing it;

Packaging

Our passion is to get rid of packaging when designing a product. We use as little packaging in the shops as possible and give you the choice to go completely naked - we mean the products, not yourselves. About half of our products can be taken home with no packaging. We save nearly 6 million plastic bottles globally from selling shampoo bars alone.

When packaging is unavoidable, we prefer to use recycled materials. 90%, by weight, of our packaging material is recycled and we're working on the remaining 10%. We like our packaging to be reused, recycled or composted at the end of their lives and aim to have 100% of our packaging recyclable or compostable.

As recycling for our black pots is not available everywhere (despite being a clean and non-toxic material), we put our money where our mouth is and give a free fresh face mask when you bring five of them back. Black pots are recycled or re-used as art material.

We also enjoy looking into new materials and for the future, legislation permitting, we would like to start using refills and to increase the amount of reusable packaging used to transport products between our factories and our shops.

Raw materials

We take great care when buying our raw materials. We prefer to use ingredients that are produced in a sustainable way and avoid those that aren't. Palm oil, for example, went into our black book and was replaced by more earth-friendly oils in our soap base. We are now working to remove it from all products, as well as encouraging other companies to do the same.

Over 70% of our range is self-preserving and we are always looking at ways to improve on that.

We will keep on putting masses of natural ingredients in our products, dreaming up self-preserving cosmetics, worrying about their environmental impact and working with our suppliers to minimise that. We choose to give our love (and money) to suppliers that respect the environment and the animals and people living there.

Waste and recycling

The total recycled content in all Lush packaging is about 89% (including paper bags, aluminium tins, gift wrap, ribbons, boxes, tags and inserts). That means that for every tonne of material bought, 900kg come from recycled sources.

  • Pots and bottles are made with 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic, saving about 65 tons of Carbon Dioxide and 90 tonnes of virgin plastic, or 800 barrels of oil, each year.
  • Carrier bags are made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper, saving 100 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide each year. 
  • Gifts are lovingly wrapped with recycled paper and protected using Ecoflow; which is made from potato starch and is 100% biodegradable.   

Energy

Energy is embedded in all that we consume. We are working to reduce the amount of energy used to produce, transport and sell the products to you. We have been doing that by making our processes more energy efficient, getting staff to switch off, replacing less efficient equipment, generating some of our own energy on-site and increasing insulation. We also carefully choose who we buy our energy from to ensure no fracking companies are supported by our energy use.

Water

Water is very precious to us and we are aware that it is a luxury not everyone on the planet shares. By making some products solid, we avoid using incredible amounts of water 450,000 litres a year from selling shampoo bars globally. We will continue to monitor how we use water at the factory and reduce our consumption of water not used in products.

Communication

We would like to report on our environmental performance on a yearly basis and make sure we maintain green issues alive in the hearts of our staff, ensuring that this policy delivers on what it promises. Although the green message comes from the top, the organization needs a network of people to spread it. So we will continue to encourage and support all the people who want to help and will make them Green Helpers.

We also believe in campaigning with our customers to bring to light important topics, while also having a lot of fun. We like to empower those around us and are especially fond of turning passion into action.

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LUSH Cosmetics presents: Our Environmental Policy

We are committed to becoming more sustainable the more we grow, by using our buying power to drive positive change.

Comments (3)
3 Comments

emmatorrington_6591489

about 1 month ago

You have all these policies supposedly protection the environment and animals yet you use micro plastics like glitter in your bath products. This is going directly into the water table and being consumed by fish and then by us. I bought a bubble bath bar for my daughter and was unaware that it contained tiny particles of glitter. I’m furious.

jen_gardner_6521346

about 4 months ago

I agree Swampy. I think LUSH are doing a great job of trying to do better but like you, feel there is room for much improvement. Like you said, are the ingredients used causing harm during extraction even if they aren't polluting? The comment about rows of nut trees made me shudder a little, after all, we know that mono cultures of almond trees are creating draught, lead to diminished diversity and require the services of thousands of imported bees to pollinate them before being shipped off to the next place to pollinate something else. This is thought to be contributing to colony collapse and the spread of parasites and diseases to less resilient native species of insect - not very vegan friendly when you look at the bigger picture. So, enough of focusing on the negative. What can they do about it? A starting point would be for them to contact the people at Cradle to Cradle (C2C), who are helping companies all over the world to assess the impacts their products are having from source all the way through to re-birth (yes, rebirth rather than 'away' or 'end of life' 'grave' etc) and then giving them sustainable alternatives to create the best products or methods for re-purposing products at the end of their intended life. Like I said, I am a big fan of what LUSH do but with a little help I think they could sky rocket to a whole new level of wholesomeness.

SwampyRules

about 1 year ago

At school we learned that bath bombs are made primarily of Sodium Bicarbonate which is a naturally occurring element. This is refined from Trona which is mined in massive quantities across the globe. What does Lush do to offset the environmental impact of their bath bombs? Also how much CO2 does a bath bomb release when its dissolved? I'm not picking holes in Lush's work, I just want to make sure I'm not harming the planet by having a bath bomb in my bath if nothing has been done to offset it's production and the gas it emits.