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On 20th April 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Faith in Nature Ltd website for the company's environmental policy or report. Ethical Consumer also sent a questionnaire to the company in April 2021 and received a response in May 2021. No environmental report could be found, though the company sent an Environmental policy to Ethical Consumer to view.

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.

The company's Environmental policy was viewed and the questionnaire stated "This was internally reviewed in the past month".

No discussion of impacts was found. The environmental policy mentioned "environmental concerns" and being "environmentally responsible", mentioning that it would reduce environmental impacts wherever possible. It similarly mentioned reducing waste, recycling and sourcing locally but once again this only applied "where possible". This was not considered to demonstrate a meaningful discussion of impacts as it did not clearly outline what the company's environmental impacts were, or outline clear policies that were dedicated to addressing these impacts.

However, the company website stated "Faith In Nature are proud that the entire range is packaged either plastic free and 100% compostable cardboard packaging, or is sold in 100% recyclable packaging made from recycled materials". It was certified by the Vegan Society.

There was no report found that was dated within the last two years.

No quantified and dated future targets for impact reduction were found.

There was no evidence of independent verification of data or reporting.

As the company was a small company providing environmental alternatives the company it was exempted from formal reporting and scored a best rating in this category.

Reference: (20 April 2021)

On 20th April 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the website of Faith in Nature Ltd, looking for information on what the company was doing to tackle climate change.

Ethical Consumer was looking for the company to satisfy the following criteria in its public statements and reports:

1.a For the company to discuss its areas of climate impact, and to discuss plausible ways it has cut them in the past, and ways that it will cut them in the future.

1.b For the company to have relevant sector-specific policies in place.

1.c For the company to not be involved in any particularly damaging projects like tar sands, oil or aviation, to not be subject to damning secondary criticism regarding it’s climate actions, and to have a policy to avoid investing in fossil fuels.

2. For the company to report annually on its scope 1&2 greenhouse gas emissions (direct emissions by the company).

3. For the company to go some way towards reporting its scope 3 emissions (emissions from the supply chain, investments and sold products).

4. For the company to have a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with international agreements (counted as the equivalent of at least 2.5% cut per year in scope 1&2 emissions), and to not count offsetting towards this target.

The company stated on its website: "We have been working with the support of the Business Growth Hub to ensure our manufacturing processes are as efficient as possible. After we undertook a resource efficiency audit we implemented significant environmental improvements on the site. One of the biggest changes we are proud to announce, is the use of our 100kW biomass boiler, which is used to heat water in shampoo production. The biomass boiler replaced energy intensive electric heaters, and this change has significantly reduced our use of electricity. We have also replaced old fluorescent lighting with energy efficient LED lamps."

The company further stated "We are transitioning to a brand-new local custom-built manufacturing and office space which will embody stringent policies around carbon offsetting and climate impact. We are currently undergoing the development of our sustainability report and we are also about to reinstate our B-Corp membership project, and so will have much more information to share after 6 months from now!"

1.b The company did not appear to have any sector-specific policies.

1.c The company was not found to be involved in particularly damaging projects.

2 & 3. The company did not appear to report on its emissions.

4. The company did not appear to have a target in line with international agreements.

Faith in Nature was considered to be a small company that was offering an environmental alternative through being a vegan certified company, and it had some discussion of its carbon impacts.

As such Faith in Nature received Ethical Consumer’s best rating for carbon management and reporting and lost no marks under Climate Change.

Reference: (20 April 2021)

In May 2021 Ethical Consumer searched Faith in Nature’s website for the company's policy on the use of microplastics and non-biodegradable liquid polymers. A questionnaire received from the company in May 2021 was also viewed.

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.

A recent report by Code Check found that 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.

The following statement was identified on the company website: "We’ve never used micro-beads in our face washes or other products." The company also stated in a questionnaire received in May 2021 that it did not use any microplastics or non-biodegradable liquid polymers.

A site search of the following common polymers also yielded no results: Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Acrylates copolymer, Carbome, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium polyacrylate).

he company was considered to have a positive policy addressing this issue and was not marked down under Pollution & Toxics.

Reference: (20 April 2021)

In May 2021 Ethical Consumer searched the Faith in Nature corporate website for the company's policy on the use of the hazardous chemicals parabens, triclosan and phthalates. A questionnaire was also sent to the company in April 2021 and responded to in May 2021.

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 stated in its questionnaire "We do not use any of these ingredients."

The website also stated: "As with all Faith in Nature products, everything in the range is free from parabens, SLS, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances."

As such it received Ethical Consumer’s best rating for its toxic chemicals policy and lost no marks under the Pollution & Toxics category.

Reference: (26 February 2020)

In May 2021 Ethical Consumer searched for information on Faith in Nature’s use of palm ingredients. The mass production of palm oil has relied on the destruction of rainforests, which has wide ranging impacts including contributing to climate change, as well as loss of biodiversity and human rights.

The company stated in its questionnaire that some of its products contained palm oil derivatives. These were marked on ingredients lists as having a "Certified sustainable origin".

The questionnaire stated "We buy ingredients that may have been made using palm oil derivatives. Palm oil is not an ingredient we use directly in any of our products, and therefore it is not included on our ingredients list – we follow industry guidelines on this. One of the ingredients we use to make our shampoos and body wash products is ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES) – this is the ingredient that makes our products “lather”. The ALES that we use is derived from palm oil, sourced from suppliers who are signed up to the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil and, as such, we are supporting the production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil."

Ethical Consumer conducted a site search for the following terms: palm, glyc, stear and laur. Several results emerged in product ingredients lists, and these all appeared to state that the ingredient had a "certified sustainable origin". The ingredients lists of two products were also viewed, and it similarly appeared that palm derivatives were stated to be certified.

The company achieved a best rating and lost no marks in this category as it was a small (under £10.2m turnover) non-food company that did not use palm oil directly as an ingredient and had all derivatives certified RSPO. The company lost no marks in this category.

Reference: (20 April 2021)