Green Deal - Best Practices
Overview of pro-environmental measures as of 09/2021
We are aware that the decisions and choices we make today will have a major impact on the kind of world our children and grandchildren will live in. Environmental challenges are one of the most important areas in which companies implement their own sustainability strategy. The mission of the cosmetic industry is to keep everyone looking good and beautiful. To fulfil it, the state of the environment in which we live and work is extremely important, as it has a huge impact on human health and, consequently, beauty. Therefore, we are always looking for solutions to minimise the environmental impact of our production and products.
We have developed a strategy we call
It is an integral part of the mission which defines the main directions of our business activities. The implementation of this programme is only possible thanks to the involvement and cooperation of all stakeholders (no company operates alone) - from the actions taken by our suppliers, through our own and with the active support of consumers. We are convinced that success can only be ensured by putting the Sustainable Supply Chain and Green Deal principles into practice.
1. YES to a Sustainable Supply Chain!
As a cosmetics manufacturer, we are both the recipient of goods and services and a supplier of finished products, thus we form one of the links in a complex supply chain. We understand how important it is today that every part of this chain functions to protect the climate and the environment.
For cosmetics, we choose ingredients and packaging which have the least environmental impact when sourced and manufactured. We involve our partners in the implementation of the objectives we set, guaranteeing the highest standards while respecting the environment. What do we do? Every year we evaluate our business partners and update the List of Qualified Suppliers of raw materials, packaging and services. We select those who maintain quality systems and ensure ethical business conduct.
2. YES to environmentally friendly packaging!
Cosmetic products, due to their specific nature, require appropriate, safe and hygienic packaging. With this in mind, we are constantly looking for new packaging solutions, not only of the highest quality and aesthetics, but also more ecological ones.
Right now, we can proudly say that:
3. YES to reducing plastic!
In 2019, we signed the Declaration of the Polish Association of the Cosmetics Industry on “Plastic Strategy”, thus committing to improve actions to reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment.
We use the REset Plastic principle:
We give up plastic wherever possible, but we do so responsibly. We were the first Polish company to introduce cosmetics in packages with refills, i.e. replaceable inserts. Refills are 100% recyclable and can reduce plastic consumption by 80%! This is because the outer jar can be used multiple times – you just replace the cream insert.
Our most popular products, eyebright eye gels, got new jars which are 50% lighter than their predecessors..
80% - that is how much less plastic goes into the environment when we choose seals!
19,000 pcs. - the number of plastic bottles which are now not thrown away each year!
As much as 97% of all our cosmetic packaging is recyclable.
4. YES to recyclable packaging!
Packaging is harmful to the environment when used only once. That is why we look for solutions for our products which allow the packaging to be reused or, when this is not possible, to be recycled. To meet such demands, we must make informed and responsible choices. We make decisions thanks to which:
- 1. we use mono-material packaging for our cosmetics, so-called virgin material, which facilitates recycling;
- 2. we abandoned the use of the so-called “disruptors” of recycling in packaging, e.g. black elements, metal elements (springs) in airless packaging, strong adhesives which make it impossible or difficult to remove the labels;
- 3. we increase the share of glass packaging for our cosmetics.
5. YES to protecting forest resources!
Already 25% of our paper packaging is made of certified raw material.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation founded in 1993, which aims to promote the sustainable development of forests and ensure that environmental, social and economic issues are taken into account in their exploitation. According to the guidelines adopted by the FSC, forests must, as much as possible, be preserved in their natural state, i.e. as mixed forests where both young and old trees grow and dead trees are present, providing habitats for animals. And of course you can cut only as many trees out of them as can naturally grow back.
6. YES to natural origin ingredients!
As many as 80% of our cosmetics are vegan.
7. YES to reducing our carbon footprint!
Almost every activity we do affects climate change because it contributes to the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We can all fight global warming by making climate-friendly choices in our daily lives. Even seemingly small changes in habits can produce visible results.
Awareness of climate change led us to analyse the company’s operations and its carbon footprint. We are facing a time of ambitious challenges, some of which we are already implementing.
We reduced our electricity consumption by 1.65% (2020 vs 2019)
8. NO to environmental degradation!
Preserving the biodiversity of our planet and all its natural resources for future generations is one of the most difficult challenges humanity has to face. The intensity with which humans interfere with the environment in which they live leads to its progressive degradation. A spark of hope is the growing public awareness of the need to protect the nature around us.
Concern for the environment, for the future of our planet, has led us to take a number of actions, described above, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, waste production and polluting and wasting water. However, in order to achieve the intended effect, we cannot act alone, we need cooperation, which we invite our partners and customers to join.
We know how important communication and education are. We segregate all waste at our company, and we encourage our customers to do the same - we place labels on our cosmetics packaging identifying the material, indicating appropriate handling and recyclability. We strive to build consumer awareness.
We prefer to surround ourselves with greenery and live closer to nature!
9. NO to wasting water!
We feel responsible for that.
10. NO to animal suffering!
We are CRUELTY FREE!
Let’s join forces. TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE!
At FLOSLEK Cosmetics Laboratory, we make every decision in the spirit of responsibility for the environment, and all our initiatives are meant to be an impulse which triggers similar actions in our environment. We want to grow, but in a responsible way, within the framework of the Principles of Sustainable Development. We will only achieve this by constantly paying attention to the quality of our products and their impact on the environment, preventing the waste of resources, combatting climate change and reducing plastic waste. We respect our consumers, employees and business partners. We provide good and safe working conditions. We care about dialogue with all stakeholders. We support organisations working for the benefit of local communities. We firmly believe that these values are our shared values.
Our goals for the future - the next #floslekecosteps
The paramount objective for us in the near future is to reduce our carbon footprint. Achieving this requires us not only to consistently implement the actions described above, but also to move towards energy transformation, increasing the efficiency of energy use and not wasting it. This is a huge challenge, requiring full commitment not only from us, but also from our partners.
We have divided the implementation of the key objectives into 2 stages in which:
- we will strive to reduce our consumption of non-renewable energy sources,
- we plan to further increase the proportion of packaging based on virgin-wood – wood from sustainably managed forests (FSC® or PEFC certified) – and by 2025, all our paper packaging will be made from certified raw materials.
- we will calculate and analyse our company’s carbon footprint in terms of 1 (direct emissions) and 2 (indirect energy emissions);
- we will continue working on reducing the weight of FLOSLEK cosmetics packaging;
- we will focus on increasing the recyclability/compostability of all our packaging - with a priority on mono-material solutions which guarantee product safety and avoid recycling “disruptors”.
We also aim to further promote recycling on a large scale – we will raise awareness among our customers on how to handle packaging, leading to its recycling in accordance with local recycling schemes. Helpfull information and guidelines will be published on the packaging and on the website www.floslek.pl