In March 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the Essential Care Organics (Odylique) website for the company's environmental policy. No policy could be found. However, the company was considered to be providing environmental alternative products: it only sold products certified to Soil Association organic standards. The company website included the following statement regarding the certification: “The Soil Association's organic standards correspond to our philosophy that health and beauty products should be ethical, free from toxic ingredients and as organic as possible.”
Regarding packaging, the following statement was found: “Minimising our impact on the environment is an intrinsic part of our ethics and hugely important to us. It extends right through from our support of organic agriculture, recycling and energy saving policies to the packaging we use. We have always strived to use locally made, recyclable and non-toxic packaging and as a small company we are able to react quickly to the introduction of innovative ‘earth-friendly’ materials which also meet our ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ criteria and enable us to progress our goal quickly and effectively. To this end, we have now replaced all our 200ml bottles, 50g and 175g jars with those made from 100% recycled materials (old milk bottles in fact!). 98% of our packaging is made in Europe. Almost half of our bottles and jars and all of our product boxes are made in the UK.”
On the basis of the above statements, the company was considered to be committed to providing environmental alternative products.
Due to the fact the company had a turnover of less than £10.2 million, and was considered to be providing a social or an environmental alternative, it received an exemption from full reporting under Ethical Consumer's Environmental Reporting category and received a best rating in this category.
www.odylique.co.uk/ (22 December 2016)