In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed the Karium website for the company's environmental policy or report, as well as the Cuticura (brand) website, and the JZ International website - it's parent company.

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.

Karium did not meet any of these criteria therefore it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for Environmental Reporting.

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Karium website - https://www.karium.com/ (1 April 2020)

In March 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Karium website, and the website of its parent company and brand Cuticura, for the company's policy on the use of the hazardous chemicals parabens, triclosan and 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.

A strong policy on toxics would be no use of these chemicals or clear, dated targets for ending their use.
The company appeared to have no policies on the use of toxic chemicals in household and personal care products, therefore it lost a whole mark under Ethical Consumer's Pollution and Toxics category.

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Karium website - https://www.karium.com/ (1 April 2020)

In March 2020, Ethical Consumer searched Karium’s website 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.

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Karium website - https://www.karium.com/ (1 April 2020)

In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed the Karium website, and the website of its parent company and its brand Cuticura, for information on the company's policy on the use of palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives. The company was found to sell soap containing Sodium Palm Kernelate, which comes from palm oil. There was no mention of whether it was sustainably sourced.

Nothing could be found and the company was not listed as a member on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil website. As a result it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for palm oil.

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Karium website - https://www.karium.com/ (1 April 2020)