our work on sustainability

it’s a process and a work in progress!

We’re incredibly proud to call cocokind a sustainable clean beauty brand. However, working to become as earth-friendly and waste-free as possible is a constant process - we’re always learning and working on becoming more sustainable and we always will be! 

Our work on sustainability has been a journey, albeit one we’re more than happy to be on. Here’s a little lowdown on what we’ve been working on. 

packaging

bottles

As of this April, we’ve begun the process of sourcing our bottles from a domestic manufacturer instead of an international one! Though the cost of the actual bottles is significantly higher in the US, its transportation creates a much smaller carbon footprint, which is extremely important to us.

flint glass

Our clear glass bottles and jars are made exclusively out of flint glass, which is one of the purest forms of glass. It requires fewer materials and processes to produce, which effectively cuts down on carbon emissions, waste, and cost to the consumer.

coatings

We’ve also made the transition into using exclusively powder coating for our opaque white bottles. We use these bottles specifically for products like our vitamin c serum with sea grape caviar, which stays fresh and stable for longer in an opaque component. 

For our opaque bottles, we had the option of having them “intrinsically colored” or powder coated. “Intrinsically colored” bottles are covered using paint and solvents, which can release harmful fumes, carcinogens, and sometimes VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the air. Powder coated bottles, on the other hand, are made by applying fine grade compounds to electrically charged objects, which are then heated to melt the compounds. This process is virtually pollution-free as well as low energy-consuming. Additionally, unused or oversprayed powder can be easily recovered and reused, minimizing waste.

cartons

Moving forward, you’ll start to notice a small tree icon labeled ‘FSC’ on all of the boxes that our products come in. FSC stands for Forestry Stewardship Council, which is an organization that works to support environmentally conscious and responsible forest management, to ensure healthy, thriving forests for future generations. We’re proud to announce that we're transitioning into using only FSC certified materials to make our boxes. You can read more about what that certification means here

Additionally, all of the ink we use on our boxes is derived from soy, instead of petroleum or other fossil fuels.

tubes

Our tubes, like the ones we use to house our sea kale clay mask, are domestically-produced using sugarcane materials. The colorants used to decorate the tubes are mineral and plant-based and are FDA-approved as safe enough for food contact, which is the standard we’d like to set for all skincare packaging. 

Our tubes are made from sugarcane pellets sourced from Brazil, the world’s largest producer of sugarcane. The tubes themselves are completely BPA-free, heavy metal-free, and FDA-approved for food contact safety. We're also currently transitioning into using a domestic manufacturer to help reduce our carbon footprint. 

We also made the conscious decision to print all of the necessary information directly onto the tube, instead of onto a label that would be placed onto the tube - this helps us avoid unnecessary extra production, and makes recyclability as easy as possible.

formulas

We work hard to make sure that the formulas inside the packaging are as sustainable as possible too! You might notice that many of our formulas are anhydrous, or waterless, because water is less renewable than we think - it’s an extremely precious resource! When possible, we always aim to use nutrient or vitamin-rich alternatives, like fruit and vegetal waters, steamed right out of plants!

ingredients

We use organic ingredients whenever possible, although ingredients of this caliber are far more difficult to source. We’re committed to preserving sustainability throughout our entire supply chain, which includes our ingredient suppliers. 

For example, we source our vegan sea grape caviar from a supplier who practices eco-responsible standards, including ISO 14000, and harvests only reasonable quantities.

future plans

And we’re just getting started! We have so many hopes for the future of sustainability, within our company, and in general. 

One of our goals is use OWP (ocean waste plastic) and OBP (ocean bound plastic) to package our new products. OWP is literally plastic collected from beaches, rivers, lakes, and other natural bodies of water that is then transformed into pellets that can be repurposed. OBP is plastic collected from developing countries that don’t have waste management. Said plastic is collected before it gets to the ocean. 

We’re also exploring the idea of offering product refills, so you can reuse your old bottles and reduce waste. In the past, we tested a recycling program that allowed consumers to mail their empty bottles back to cocokind in hopes that we could reuse them. Unfortunately, we realized that the process of shipping these bottles all over America was creating a carbon footprint large enough to offset the benefits of the actual recycling.

Just another step in our sustainability journey! As we’ve said, it’s a process - a never-ending one, to be exact. There will always be work to do, ways to do better, ways to waste less. We’ll never reach a point where we’ll feel like we’re sustainable enough and can stop trying. 

But we’ve never been more excited or optimistic about the future of sustainability in skincare, especially within our company. Exciting things ahead! 

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Aly on

One of the main reasons I stand behind your brand. THANK YOU for your moral choices, and working hard and endlessly to make an impact in protecting our environment! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all your efforts, and how important it is for companies to utilize the power in their choices in this way.

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Danica CUllen on

Wow! Your containers should be the standard for all skincare. I’m happy that I use skincare from such a progressive company. Keep up the great work! And thank you for skincare that does the job.

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cocokind on

Hi Taylor, great question! Our mymatcha tubes are recyclable, but not made of recycled materials yet. But we are working on it, and hope to transition them into post-consumer recycled packaging as soon as we can :)

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Taylor on

But what about the MYMATCHA sticks? They don’t seem to be the same material as the sugarcane tubes. Are they made of recycled material?

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Hannah on

I love this!! Thank you for continually trying to improve your company and it’s foot print for the Earth! I love how truthful and transparent Cocokind is. It only makes me even more proud to be a die hard Cocokind costumer and follower! Thank you for making a small (yet undoubtedly growing) difference on this Earth :)
~Love, Appreciative Cocokind Fan

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Anna VanToai on

Thank you for this post and the updates! I was an avid user of the recycling program and was sad to see it go but understand that the reality of that program wasn’t helping the cause. I am very excited and curious as to how you move forward and THANK YOU for being open about the process and caring about it!! It makes me so happy to support a company that has the same values that I do :) xo

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Abby on

Love this! Have always wondered how my favorite company stands up sustainably. Thanks for being transparent!

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Kayla Kelly on

Thank you for putting so much thought into sustainability through the entire process of product formation to packaging. It’s so important that companies prioritize this, but we as consumers also have to continue to support you so we can all keep doing the work! Every time I use my cocokind products my skin thanks me but also so does mother earth.

Cheering you on in a facemask always,
Kayla

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Ali Cain on

I LOVE ALL OF THIS!

It’s so great to see that Cocokind is making gradual shifts to be more eco-friendly! I would definitely love to buy refills of my products and also love the idea of buying products made with OWP and OBP. It’s so rare to see a company so concerned with the environment and it makes me even prouder to be a die-hard Cocokind fan. Thank you!!

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