The next generation of skincare – clean beauty, takes into account not only the use of safe ingredients, but a fair and sustainable supply chain. It encompasses good manufacturing practices, the fair treatment of people and, the best possible packaging solutions for the environment.
We're committed to clean beauty and challenging the status quo in favour of what can be. Emma Lewisham's consideration for the lifecycle and impact of her products is second to none.
We’ve thought about every aspect of our business. For instance, each ingredient is not only chosen for their wealth of benefits but whether the farms they're grown on are traceable, transparent and ethical. They must share our values of being conscious of their environmental impact and treatment of people. We also make sure all box packaging is plastic-free and compostable with no chemical coatings so each box will biodegrade, and have pushed suppliers for more sustainable packaging solutions, resulting in world first 100% PCR plastic sunscreen tubes.
"The beauty industry has been a huge eye opener for me. My passion to make a meaningful difference and challenge the status quo, extends to the way we operate across our supply chain and the impacts our decisions have on people and the planet" - Emma Lewisham.
We've worked hard to provide you with clean skincare via a supply chain that is efficient, transparent, and accountable. To this end, we have developed a Sustainability Framework which provides transparency on what Emma Lewisham is doing to address the six drivers of our supply chain: raw materials, supplier, manufacturing, distribution, retail outlets and customers. These are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals .
We have some goals that are yet to be achieved and many challenges we need to find solutions for. We’re only at the beginning of our sustainability journey, and we hope you’ll join us and continue to hold us accountable.
We aspire to have an ethical supply chain, from the people we work with to the ingredients we source for our products and the materials we use in our packaging.
All decisions we make within our supply chain take into consideration the impact on minimising waste, reducing packaging, and cutting CO₂ emissions. This may mean we incur additional operational costs in order to achieve sustainability in these areas, a premium we are willing to pay.
We seek to work with suppliers who are committed to continuous improvement who share our vision of clean skincare and a healthier, fairer, kinder world.
All of our suppliers are required to agree to our Supplier Principles.
We want to make a meaningful difference in the beauty industry and to wider packaging practices. There are several challenges around packaging in the skincare industry which we are actively working to overcome. We’re proud of our progress so far – our shipping box is made of 100% recycled paper, making this a world first for a beauty brand. For those products where we have no choice but to use plastic packaging for practical and safety reasons, we use 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic, which means we buy non-virgin plastic already circulating in the global plastics market that needs to be used. By reusing it over and over again, we are actively diverting waste from landfill.
We can reduce our carbon footprint by consolidating our shipping to larger but less frequent deliveries. As we grow, we’ll merge different types of orders to the same geographic market, and use each container shipment as efficiently as possible. We are engaging sustainability and carbon experts to establish our baseline carbon footprint to identify how we can create efficiencies in this area.
People & Communities
The purpose of Emma Lewisham is to make a meaningful difference to the lives of women. Emma Lewisham is not only passionate but pursues this purpose. Emma Lewisham has personally been a member of Zonta International for 10 years. Zonta International is a world-wide service organisation of women executives in business, working to improve the legal, political, economic, educational and professional status of women.
It’s members, including Emma, volunteer their time and talents to support advocacy campaigns, scholarships, youth engagement and other projects. Zonta International has become the first private sector donor to the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. Zonta envisions a world in which women's rights are recognised as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
We believe the future of beauty is a circular, closed loop. Emma Lewisham is consciously designing products with the ability to be recycled – diverted from landfill and given a second, repurposed life. The beauty industry is ready for change. We’ve got a broken model with packaging that isn’t able to be fully recycled. We’re striving for a waste free, never-ending loop system.
We have a lot of challenges still to overcome and work to do, but we want to start a conversation with you to create better, safer consumer luxury products. Have a read of our 2020 Sustainability Framework and you’ll see that we’ve set measurable objectives in the sustainability space that you can track as we grow. We will endeavour to continually improve and refine our operational processes as new technologies and sustainable materials become commercially available.