Our company, Oriwa Naturals, truly cares for the environment. We do this in a number of ways with our products, which are all made from 100% natural products and are completely safe.
41% of plastic produced globally is for packaging and only 9% of all plastic waste goes on to be recycled. This is why we are very aware of what we use for our packaging and where possible, use packaging that can be re-used or recycled.
For our Massage and Moisturising Balms, Makeup Removers, Nourish and Skin Soother, we use aluminium tins which are reusable. Once you have used the product completely, wipe the excess with a handy towel, then use boiling water and an eco-detergent to wash the tin. You can then use these tins for whatever you like, storage of buttons, pins, seeds, nuts - there is no limit.
2). Soap / Shampoo / Conditioner Bars.
No plastic is used. We are saving hundreds of shampoo and conditioner bottles from going into the environment. We place the soap / shampoo Bar in a cotton muslin bag which is compostable if thrown away and the labels we use are recycled cardboard. That's a big tick!
3). Lip Balms
We've really put our collective heads together on this one. We hate using the plastic lip balm containers but we have no choice. The cardboard lip balm containers are unwieldy and they are difficult to use on your lips. Our lip balms are packed full of Extra Virgin Olive Oil that will leach into the cardboard and the lip balm will dry out very quickly. We looked at glass, but decided that glass is too dangerous near the lips if they chip or crack. So we are stuck with plastic. However, we stand by our product and are happy for you to send your empty container back to us for us to sterilise and refill for you, or recycle (whichever you prefer).
When we pack up your online order we use recycled packaging, we never buy new. Everything is re-used from what gets sent to us when we buy ingredients. We hope that when you receive the packaging, you can do the same and reuse the bubble wrap for something else, and continue the re-use rather than throw it away in the landfill. We are looking into postage bags that aren't plastic depending on durability, protectiveness and price point, so watch this space.
Lastly - we are lucky we live in New Zealand where we have a good education system about rubbish and recycling. The majority of us are responsible and when we go to our beaches, they are clean compared to other countries. There's still a lot of education needed in third world countries. The following image I took on a beach in Morocco. I hope one day other countries can follow our lead.
Natural products are definitely the better choice for yours skin. Here are some reasons why.
1. Environmentally better
Simply put: natural skincare products are better for the environment than are synthetic skincare products. The reasons for this are numerous.
Firstly, they do no harm to the animals or plants if they come in contact with them, and they are unlikely to have any consequences on ecosystems should the product seep into the ground. Whereas skincare products with chemicals or synthetic chemicals will do harm.
Secondly, manufacturing traditional skincare products requires extraction of certain ingredients, some which requires mining. Mining produces a great deal of pollution, which leaves a negative carbon footprint.
Natural Skincare products don’t necessitate such measures, and therefore cause no harm.
2. They're Safer for your body
When a lotion or balm is applied to the skin, ingredients can slowly sink into the bloodstream. From there they have a direct effect on many of the body’s processes.
A natural skincare has beneficial ingredients which do no harm, and are less likely to cause allergies or have adverse effects.
So, by using a natural skincare product as opposed to a synthetic one, you are essentially avoiding all negative health effects. This will result in you feeling and looking better.
3. Not Tested on Animals
Natural skin product manufacturers do not test on animals. There is no need to do so, as the ingredients are completely natural and are known to do no harm. So by using natural skincare, you are being more ethical and are safe in the knowledge that living creatures are safe and prevent you from contributing to malicious practices.
4. Packed Full of Top Quality Natural Ingredients
The easiest way to highlight the importance of using natural skincare is to compare ingredients between a natural product and a non natural product. The ingredients are very different.
In a non-natural product you will see such words as Triclosan, Glyceryl Stearate, Dye #4 etc.. These are made in laboratories and can be detrimental to your health.
Natural skincare products are filled with healthy sounding indgredients such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Amond Oil, Organic Shea Butter etc… and they’re actually all good for you. They contain vitamins and compounds all which help the skin to function at optimal levels.
5. Much Better for your Skin
Natural skincare products are less likely to cause allergies. Some of the ingredients in non natural skin products can cause swelling, redness, itchiness, eczema and allergic reactions. As we get older, we are more prone to these reactions. They are best avoided.
Natural products are free of irritants and are beneficial to our skin.