Quel est l'impact environnemental de notre entreprise ?

What is the environmental impact of our company?

A negative carbon footprint. 4% donated for the planet.

The environmental impact of companies in the ecology sector is a particularly sensitive subject.

If our CSR policy aims to reduce our carbon footprint while protecting the environment and populations, the environmental impact must be calculated across all of the company's actions.

Obviously, everything can be improved and we are working on it. We must understand that no product can have, in essence, a positive impact on the planet.

The best thing is to reduce your consumption or eliminate certain non-essential products.

For those who cannot be eliminated, the alternatives we offer are interesting. Others exist... It's up to you to make your choice, according to your values ​​and your possibilities.

Here are some elements to take into account in order to better understand the system we have put in place to offer you products that are as environmentally friendly as possible.

Where are our products manufactured?

We work with several partners to offer you our products.

Our creative partner makes all the zero waste products by hand from cotton and bamboo fibers in her workshop located in Montpellier.

Our range of organic cotton clothing is made in Bangladesh or in France, in Gard, not far from Montpellier (Hérault).

We use organic cotton from India or North America.

LastSwab products (reusable cotton swabs and makeup remover pads) are made in Denmark.

All of our other bamboo products are responsibly made in China.

Bamboo, an eco-responsible material?

The Moso bamboo that we use to make most of our products grows naturally in China, more specifically in the province of Jiangsu, not far from Shanghai.

It comes from a certified eco-responsible operation having obtained the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) environmental label, the aim of which is to ensure that the production of wood or a wood-based product complies with procedures guaranteeing sustainable management. forests and respect for the working conditions of employees working there.

It does not undergo any treatment and is 100% biodegradable.

We do not grow this bamboo in France because the climates and soils would not allow it. It would then be necessary to use inputs (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) and water them, which is not the case in its natural range, Asia.

Why use bamboo (and not another type of wood, possibly local)?

The carbon footprint of producing another species of wood is higher than that of bamboo, including transport.

Neither fertilizer, nor pesticide, nor watering is necessary for its incredible growth.

Another species of wood would require regular watering, the addition of fertilizers and pesticides, as well as possible treatment of the wood to make it resistant to water and mold (bamboo is rot-proof).

It therefore has a very low impact on the environment (provided it is managed properly because this species is very invasive and sometimes causes significant deforestation as in India for example).

In addition, bamboo is biodegradable, compostable and has exceptional properties. It is naturally anti-bacterial and helps fight dental plaque. It is water resistant, very light and practical for use when traveling for example.

Finally, bamboo grows extremely quickly, which makes it possible to have a huge amount of material available, thus reducing its production cost and therefore the selling price of finished products.

Using a tree would mean killing it to use its wood. Bamboo is a plant and its size has no impact on its life since its roots (rhizomes) extend over several tens of meters and hundreds of shoots appear every day.

What are the bristles of our brushes made from?

The bristles are nylon-6, made from 62% castor oil.

They are natural, 100% recyclable and guaranteed to be free of Bisphenol A (BPA), an additive dangerous to health, but present in many plastic toothbrushes.

They are soft to protect your gums, as dentists recommend.

Although some manufacturers claim their bristles are 100% biodegradable, in most cases they are not. The only biodegradable material available today is pig hair, but we love animals. So we hope you understand that for us, this is not an option.

We will continue to work closely with our manufacturers to seek replacement solutions. In the meantime, carefully remove them for proper disposal.

Do we use plastic?

All our products and packaging are guaranteed plastic-free with the exception of LastSwab products which contain recycled plastic but are designed for 1000 uses for the reusable cotton swab, or almost 20 years based on one use per week, and even more more for the box of makeup remover discs.

Plastic therefore has its place for products intended to be reused and last over time.

Zero waste versus plastic-free... This is sometimes irreconcilable.

What about the inks used?

We use exclusively 100% natural and biodegradable vegetable inks.

What is our carbon impact linked to the transport of your products?

Although we strongly favor local production and the cleanest possible production, some products are nevertheless manufactured in Asia, particularly in Bangladesh and China. Their transport to France therefore seems anything but ecological.

However, we use different processes to significantly reduce the impact of these imports on the environment and have a neutral carbon footprint.

Indeed, we practice sharing containers in order to use their smallest spaces. They would have remained unused without the addition of our products whose small volume allows them to be integrated into very small spaces.

We use rail transport and not air freight which is much more polluting. Rail transport takes longer but its environmental footprint is extremely small.

We ship your orders on foot to La Poste which is approximately 500m from our premises. La Poste is also committed to the neutrality of its carbon footprint for the delivery of its mail and parcels.

Ultimately, our carbon footprint is negative!

Acting for the climate means first identifying and then reducing the greenhouse gases that we emit on a daily basis and on which we can act at the source.

At the same time, carbon offsetting makes it possible to act on the share of incompressible greenhouse gas emissions that we cannot or do not yet know how to reduce satisfactorily, by supporting environmental and social field projects.

The carbon footprint of our company is eco-compensated, in particular thanks to the implementation of concrete actions on the ground, carried out by us or our partners, such as cleaning coastlines, planting trees or financing various eco-responsible initiatives around the world.

We are proud to be committed to the planet.

In order to protect our oceans, we are committed to donating 4% of our turnover to non-profit organizations committed to protecting the environment.

Why 4% and is it enough?

As a startup, 4% of turnover is a lot and currently it is the maximum we can commit to while remaining operational. In the future, we hope to be able to contribute more by increasing efficiency.

This contrasts with brands like Patagonia which donate 1% of their sales to environmental causes.

But I've heard of other companies donating 50% of their profits to charity?

Sure, but profit is different from income. Net profit is everything that is left after all costs, taxes, dividends, etc. Income is above all that.

How much do others give?

It is often difficult to correctly assess what is actually given. There is a global initiative called 1% for the Planet which pledges 1% of sales to sustainable causes, however, we felt we could do more.

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