In March 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the Little Soap Company website for the company's environmental policy or report. Its Enviromental Statement was also sent to Ethical Consumer.
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 two years and have its environmental data independently verified.
No environmental report could be found.

Its environmental statement outlined its policies, which included:
"- Minimise our waste and then reuse or recycle as much of it as possible.
"- Minimise energy and water usage in our building and processes in order to conserve supplies, and minimise our consumption of natural resources, especially where they are non-renewable.
"- Apply the principles of continuous improvement in respect of air, water, noise and light pollution from our premises and reduce any impacts from our operations on the environment and local community.
?"- As far as possible purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and encourage others to do the same."
Its website stated that all products were Vegan. Many were also organic and those which were not were plastic-free under its Eco Warrior brand. The company was therefore considered to be providing an environmental alternative.
As a small company providing an environmental alternative, it received Ethical Consumer's best rating for Environmental Reporting.

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www.littlesoapcompany.co.uk (12 March 2020)

In March 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Little Soap Company website for the company's policy on the use of the hazardous chemicals parabens, triclosan and phthalates. It also viewed a completed questionnaire returned by the company.
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.
A strong policy on toxics would be no use of these chemicals or clear, dated targets for ending their use.
The company's questionnaire stated that its products did not contain parabens, triclosan or phthalates. The company therefore received Ethical Consumer's best rating for its toxics policy.

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www.littlesoapcompany.co.uk (12 March 2020)

In February 2020, Ethical Consumer received a completed company questionnaire from The Little Soap Company. This stated that the company does not use any microplastics or non-biogradable liquid polymers its 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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Company questionnaire (February 2020)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched the Little Soap Company website for information on the company's approach to palm oil sourcing. Its Palm Oil Statement stated: "Little Soap Company has pledged to use only organic, certified sustainable palm oil in our products" and that all palm and palm derivative ingredients were RSPO certified.
The company returned a questionnaire, which disclosed palm oil, palm kernal oil and derivatives supplier. It explained that it was unable to disclose volumes as all palm handled was brought in base 'as a completed pre-mixed product'.
The company received Ethical Consumer's best rating for its palm oil policy.

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www.littlesoapcompany.co.uk (12 March 2020)