Our buildings are run from 100% renewable energy sources. Green chemistry is the science of making products using an energy efficient process; from the sourcing of ingredients to initial research and final manufacturing. We use cold processes during manufacturing wherever possible. This means many of our formulas can be blended at room temperature. Heating large amounts of product for blending requires a lot of energy, so we try to avoid this if we can during the blending process.
Of course ethically, and as per the strict requirements of European regulation, we do not test on animals. We will not ask any other company to test on our behalf. We take the matter of checking our supplier compliance very seriously as an integral part of our product development process. We look forward to the day when animal testing is banned worldwide forever.
As a brand rooted in science and nature, we love and respect sea life. That’s why we are 100% microbead-free and have been for years. Instead of using plastic beads which are damaging to marine life, we only use natural exfoliators such as jojoba beads and bamboo micro-exfoliators. In 2018 we removed all plastic inserts from our cartons and replaced them with 100% recycled card, making our cartons completely recyclable. This saves over 3 tonnes of plastic every year. We are working on using ocean-derived plastic bottles in our professional range in the near future.
When it comes to paper-based materials, not only are we recyclable, we are MADE of mostly recycled materials. Medik8 use FSC certified card for all of our cartons, which means it has been sourced from well-managed forests or recycled sources. You will see the FSC symbol on all of our packaging as a mark of dedication to the cause. We try to minimise paper waste in our cartons to be as eco-friendly as possible.But it's not just our cartons, read more about all our recycling efforts on the Medik8 website.
We love using glass. All of our serum bottles are made from glass. All of our pipettes are made from glass. Since 2018, Medik8 glass bottles contain 40% recycled glass and we are looking to increase this number in the near future. You can track our progress on this and our other sustainability initiatives on the Medik8 website.
Since results always come first at Medik8, it’s unavoidable that some of our formulas require plastic packaging in order to remain stable and active. But wherever we can implement eco-friendly packaging, we will try. One of our primary focuses is to increase use of recycled materials. We've started with our professional range. Read all about our Post Consumer Recycled Plastic projects on the Medik8 website.
Palm Oil is a very emotive subject and one close to our hearts at Medik8. Millions of acres of palm forest, their habitats and wildlife have been devastated by our need for this precious ingredient used across so many industries, including skincare. At Medik8, we have carried out a huge audit of all of our ingredients to ensure we are 100% pure palm oil-free.
Everyone talks about recycling. And so do we. However, the best way to help our environment is not to solely recycle, but to use less in the first place. That's why we think digital first. Whenever we create some content about the brand, we really think about if it needs printing or not. We actively decided to keep a lot of information digital to help preserve our environment. Our cardboard is thinner. We removed cartons for our products where we didn't deem them necessary. In many ways, recycling is actually the last resort to help our environment. Re-use or complete non-use are our first considerations.
Veganism has gathered pace over the last decade. It's not about being 'trendy' but about saving precious resources and finding alternatives that love and respect the animal world we live in. Did you know every product manufactured by Medik8 is now 100% vegan-friendly