In May 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the Lanes Health/G.R. Lane website for the company's environmental policy or report. No such information could be found.
An environmental policy was deemed necessary to report on a company's environmental performance and set targets for reducing its impacts in the future. A strong policy would include two future, quantified environmental targets, demonstration by the company that it had a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts, be dated within the two years and have its environmental data independently verified.
Lanes Health did not meet any of these criteria therefore it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting and lost a whole mark in this category.

Reference:

www.laneshealth.com (15 April 2020)

In April 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Lane's Health website for the company's policy on the use of the hazardous chemicals parabens, triclosan and phthalates.

Triclosan is an antibacterial and is a suspected endocrine disruptor. Parabens are also endocrine disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer and are used as preservatives. Phthalates, usually DEP or DBP, are used in fragrances and are endocrine disruptors. Some forms or uses of these chemicals are banned or restricted in the EU or the USA. A strong policy on toxics would be no use of these chemicals or clear, dated targets for ending their use.

Nothing could be found that specifically mentioned these three chemicals nor did the company appear to have a general policy on the use of toxic chemicals.

G.R. received Ethical Consumer's worst rating on toxics and lost a whole mark under the Pollution and Toxics category.

Reference:

www.laneshealth.com (15 April 2020)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched G.R. Lane website and the website of its toothpaste brand, Sarakan (www.sarakan.co.uk) for the company's policy on the use of microplastics and non-biodegradable liquid polymers. No information was found. The company had also been sent a questionnaire but no response was received.

According to Beat the Microbead, there are more than 500 known microplastics ingredients that can be found in our personal care products such as toothpastes, face washes, scrubs and shower gels. They are tiny plastic particles that are added for their exfoliating properties, but sometimes purely for aesthetic purposes only.

According to a recent report by Code Check, non-biodegradable liquid polymers were also prevalent across a wide range of cosmetic products. Like microplastics, these materials degrade with a similar difficulty in the environment and may cause similar harm.

In 2018, the UK government banned the use of microbeads in toothpastes, shower gels and facial scrubs. However, some products classified as “leave on” were not subject to the ban, this would include lotions, sun cream and makeup, as well as abrasive cleaning products. This ban did not extend to non-biodegradable liquid polymers.

Given that the company lacked a clear policy on the use of microplastics and non-biodegradable liquid polymers, it lost half a mark under Pollution and Toxics.

Reference:

www.laneshealth.com (15 April 2020)

In April 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Lanes Health/G.R. Lane website for a policy on palm oil. No information could be found, despite the company operating in an industry where the use of palm oil or palm oil derivatives was common.
The company was not listed as a member on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) website and had therefore not submitted data on its palm oil use.

The company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for its palm oil policy and lost a whole mark under Palm Oil.

Reference:

www.laneshealth.com (15 April 2020)