Essential’s Sustainability Score Card
Since our start as a company, we’ve been focused on creating a sustainable skin care company. Not only do we carefully source ingredients from sustainable producers, we invest in sustainability measures in our manufacturing and business practices. Here’s a quick update on our sustainability efforts – thank you for your support in helping us with these initiatives!
Solar Powered Manufacturing
A few years ago Essential covered the entire roof of our 60,000 square foot manufacturing facility with solar panels. We’ve generated more than 568 MWh of energy and have off set the equivalent of 341 metric tons of carbon. You can check out our solar stats yourself (and see when the sun is up on Portland), at our online solar monitor.
Carbon Offset Shipping
We ship thousands of packages and hundreds of pallets of products every month. Our partnership with UPS means every package and every pallet shipped with them is shipped through the UPS Carbon Offset program.
In fact, in 2017, UPS shipments from Essential offset over 350 metric tons of carbon emissions–even more in the past several years. Metric tons are hard to get your mind around, so to help us communicate the power of 350 metric tons, we turned to the EPA’s calculator. It showed that offsetting 350 metric tons is the equivalent of avoiding the use of 40,000 gallons of gas. Or in other terms, sequestering this amount of carbon requires 430 acres of forest trees. And one of the benefits? The additional cost of carbon offset shipping amounts to a few pennies per shipment.
Sustainable Shipping Materials
Our shipping boxes are made from recycled material, so when you see one with our green logo stamped on it, feel free to reuse or recycle that to keep it going! All of the packing peanuts we use are compostable, too, so these are appropriate for city composts.
We use recycled plastic in much of our packaging and are constantly finding and testing greener packaging that can still hold up to essential oils. Exciting developments are happening every day!
We’re so grateful for the opportunity to be a positive force in the beauty industry, and we couldn’t do it without your support and commitment to these measures as well. We’re always on the lookout for new ways to keep the planet a little healthier and hope you and your customers feel great about the impact you’re making alongside us.