In December 2019 Ethical Consumer received a returned questionnaire and a number of policy documents from Lucy Bee. No explicit environmental reporting could be found, but the following information was found in the Lucy Bee Policies document:

It stated:

"Soil Association:
• Lucy Bee complies with the EU Organic Regulation.
• Lucy Bee also meets Soil Association’s own additional higher standards to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare, environmental and wildlife protection.
• Lucy Bee can confirm that the farmers, packers, food processors and organic retailers meet the organic standards set out by Soil Association."

"Palm Oil:
• Lucy Bee does not use palm oil in any of its products not even sustainable palm oil.
• Lucy Bee does not use any ingredients that are derived from palm oil in any of its products."

"Packaging:
• Lucy Bee products are packaged in BRC Grade A plants in the UK and the Philippines.
• Lucy Bee aims to use to totally eco-friendly packaging and reduce waste in all areas possible.
• Lucy Bee use recyclable glass jars and BPA free lids with a recyclable, compostable and biodegradable easy peel label.
• Lucy Bee use FSC card for their packaging which means everything is recyclable, compostable and biodegradable.
• Lucy Bee have reduced waste and plastic by replacing old card trays and plastic shrink-wrap with outer cardboard boxes."

"Environment:
• Lucy Bee coconuts are grown in an eco-friendly agroforestry environment amongst banana trees. Agroforestry contributes to soil fertility, cleaner water through reduced nutrient and soil run off and it allows for other crops to be grown between the coconut trees."

"Organic Food Federation:
• Lucy Bee buy into the need to protect our individual health and the health of the planet by following organic ways of production and avoiding non-organic pesticides and intensive farming practices.
• Lucy Bee can confirm that their products are traceable from farm to the fork because every stage of the journey is inspected and certified."

Lucy Bee was a small company with a turnover of less than £10.2million.
As a small company providing an environmental alternative Lucy Bee received Ethical Consumer's best rating for environmental reporting.

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Questionnaire December 2019 (9 December 2019)

In March 2020 Ethical Consumer received a questionnaire response from Lucy Bee which stated "Lucy Bee products do not contain parabens, triclosan or phthalates".
Some forms or uses of these chemicals were banned or restricted in the EU or the USA.
Triclosan is an antibacterial and a suspected endocrine disruptor. Parabens are also endocrine disruptors and have been linked to breast cancer. They are used as preservatives. Phthalates, usually DEP or DBP, are used in fragrances and are endocrine disruptors.
As the company did not use these chemicals in its skincare and beauty products, it received a best rating in this category.

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2020 Questionnaire (30 March 2020)

In February 2020, Ethical Consumer received a completed questionnaire from Lucy Bee. In answer to a question about microplastics and non-biodegradable liquid polymers the company stated: "Lucy Bee products do not contain any plastics within our products". As such the company was deemed to have a positive policy on the use of microplastics. This story has been marked as information only.

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.

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2020 Questionnaire (30 March 2020)

In December 2019 Ethical Consumer received a questionnaire from Lucy Bee which stated that the company does not use palm oil or palm oil derivatives in any of its products.

It therefore received Ethical Consumer's best rating for Palm Oil.

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Questionnaire December 2019 (9 December 2019)