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Ethical & Sustainable

SONESTIA aims to be sustainable and ethical, but what does sustainability actually mean?

Sustainability is the balance of maintaining change in a balanced environment. Because it’s always possible to do better and the world around us is evolving, sustainability is an ideal towards which we continuously need to work, rather than a finished state. Working towards sustainability involves three main areas: environment, economic and social, all of which we have built into the ethos of SONESTIA.

Read on to find out what SONESTIA does in order to be more sustainable:

  • Transparency and traceability: our clear packaging and information on our website allows you to know exactly what you’re buying. We’re honest with you and don’t make false promises. We give you as much information as possible on the origin of our ingredients and, where possible, order directly from the producer.
  • Greener formulations: we use ingredients that won’t damage the environment, so most of our products are natural or biodegradable. We favour farmers who are working towards sustainability and who are bee-friendly.
  • Sustainable ingredients:
    • Palm oil: unfortunately, oil palm cultivation is responsible for displacement of indigenous peoples, deforestation and a loss of biodiversity. Until we can find a truly sustainable palm oil, we will avoid palm oil in our products.
    • Sustainable essential oils: we avoid using essential oils from endangered species such as cedarwood, rosewood, sandalwood, vanilla and juniper. Instead, we use locally grown and distilled essential oils whenever possible.
  • Sustainable packaging: we use recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging and encourage the recycling of packaging. We offer a local refill service for our oils.
  • Climate change: we aim to reduce our carbon footprint by working locally wherever possible, using resources from local farmers and packaging manufacturers. We favour suppliers who take care of the environment. We use manufacturing processes that use the least energy possible.
  • Social impact: we support local businesses by buying from farmers and co-operatives. When we need ingredients from further afield such as shea butter and cocoa butter, we buy fairly-traded ingredients to make sure that the local community benefits from the sales. We also work with local charities to raise money for good causes.

Please read our article Locally sourced ingredients to know more.

Our packaging explained

Our packaging has been designed to be sustainable whilst also preserving our products.

Face & body oils packaging
In order to be sustainable and preserve the properties of our oils, amber glass was an obvious choice. Our oils are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids which are more sensitive to UV, and amber glass offers the best protection against UV light compared with blue or green glass. It is also easier to recycle and reuse. Our glass bottles and droppers are made in the UK.

To keep packaging to a minimum, our bottles are sold with no cardboard box. This reduces the consumption of trees and ink as well as making it cheaper for customers – especially as a cardboard box is usually just a marketing tool that’s immediately thrown away. Our glass bottles can also be refilled if you live locally. Just bring them back to us.

Butters and balms packaging
Our butters and balms are packaged in aluminium jars. The jars are made in the UK and are infinitely recyclable, as well as being more cost-effective than glass for customers.

Refillable lotion bars
Our new lotion bars are available without any packaging. They can be ordered first with an alu jar (made in the UK and infinitely recyclable) that you can refill with your naked lotion bars. Refills will be dispatched in special cellulose bags that are made from sustainable wood pulp and are completely compostable (please dispose of these bags with your food waste and not with plastic waste). Our lotion bars are also available in Saffron Walden and surrounding at the Refill Barn.

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