Our Sustainability Framework
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.
Emma Lewisham is committed to clean beauty and challenging the status quo in favour of what can be.
"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, suppliers, 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.
The Emma Lewisham Beauty Circle
Emma Lewisham is a leader within the sustainable beauty space. We’ve proudly partnered with TerraCycle® to launch New Zealand’s first sustainable beauty initiative, the Emma Lewisham Beauty Circle - it’s about rethinking the entire process of a beauty product’s lifespan.
Return, Recycle, Reward. We have to give plastic a second life. The Emma Lewisham Beauty Circle requires you to send four products at a time for recycling. All beauty brands’ facial products will be accepted and you will receive a $15.00 Emma Lewisham voucher for your efforts.
Launching soon. Learn more about Terracycle here.
Planet. People. Prosperity.
The United Nations describes its Sustainable Development Goals as “a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity.” Here’s a bit about how we’re helping to deliver their vision.
Ingredients within the skincare industry are largely unregulated and everything from everyday products to luxury brands contain ingredients that have been linked to hormone disruption and serious health concerns. Beyond this, there are chemicals used within some skincare that get into waterways and are toxic to aquatic life.
Every Emma Lewisham ingredient is not only chosen for its wealth of benefits but whether the farm it is grown on is traceable, transparent and ethical. We look for ingredients that are certified as sustainably and ethically grown and are organic (without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, genetically modified organisms, or ionising radiation). We only use ingredients that are verified as safe by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). In fact, we over 1400 ingredients that are considered harmful or potentially hazardous to human health by the EWG.
We’re mindful of increasing concerns around environmental issues such as water scarcity. Water is the beauty industry’s most used ingredient and there are concerns that demand for water could outstrip supply. We use aloe vera where possible as a moisture rich alternative, instead of relying heavily on water. Minimising water is not only better for the planet, it creates higher potency formulations that aren’t padded and diluted with water, which is inactive.
Currently, 120 billion units of packaging is produced every year by the global cosmetics industry. That forms part of the global 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic produced each year, of which only 9% is currently recycled. Very few plastic waste items used in the bathroom (apart from clear bottles) are accepted by most public kerbside recycling programmes, and therefore are considered non-recyclable. These non-recyclable items include coloured plastics, caps, coloured glass and trigger/pump heads. Subsequently, only 9% of plastics produced are recycled and 12% are burned into our atmosphere. All remaining plastic waste ends up in landfill or scattered through the environment.
That’s why we created our Emma Lewisham Loop free recycling programme. Hundreds of thousands of pieces of waste are expected to be collected through this initiative. The recycled plastic material will be used to make outdoor products such as picnic tables, park benches and materials for the local fashion industry. It’s all about repurposing waste and giving it a second life.
We also offer refills for our glass bottle products, which can be returned to us for sterilisation and refilling.
We’ve made sure all box packaging is plastic-free and compostable with no chemical coatings or inks (we print with vegetable-based inks) so each box will biodegrade. For those products where we have no choice but to use plastic packaging for practical and safety reasons, we’ve challenged our suppliers for sustainable solutions, resulting in a world first 100% PCR plastic sunscreen tube. This is plastic that’s already in circulation, it has been used and discarded in the market. By reusing it over and over again, we are actively diverting waste from landfill.
Our challenge is to get our products to our customers efficiently and cost-effectively and do that in a way that cuts emissions of CO2. 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 have a goal of becoming a carbon neutral business.
We aspire to have an ethical supply chain. We seek to work with suppliers who are committed to continuous improvement in their environmental impact and who share our vision of clean skincare and a healthier, fairer, kinder world. We’ve checked their sustainability credentials and all of our suppliers are required to agree to our Supplier Principles.
New Zealand made
Our suppliers are based in New Zealand. We are committed to producing our skincare locally and making a positive impact on our local community. Products are manufactured just ten minutes from Emma Lewisham’s headquarters in New Zealand, so all batches are signed off by Emma before they are bottled by hand, sealed and finally boxed.
Causes we support
We want to make a meaningful difference in the work we do. Emma Lewisham is passionate about all women having equal rights and opportunity, being involved and an advocate for over a decade in her work with Zonta International. We believe education builds confidence and all girls should have a right to it. Confidence in a woman has a ripple effect in the way they live their lives and on their families and communities
Learn more about the Causes We Support.
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.