Sustainable Soap & Skincare

The English Soap Company & Sustainability

Profile Australia is proud to be the exclusive Australian distributors for The English Soap Company. We also share their commitment toward providing products which support a sustainable future. 

Following are some questions and statements from The English Soap Company, regarding the sustainability of their products, which are all made on their farm located in the Sussex countryside of England. 

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What role does sustainability play in The English Soap Company's overall strategic plan?

There’s a growing awareness that the world is facing a packaging crisis and we believe that urgent action is required from everyone to reduce overall packaging use and to secure a future that’s free from plastic pollution.

Everyone involved with The English Soap Company, including staff across all roles, suppliers and distributors, are now working together to find innovative solutions to make our business as sustainable as possible.

As a company with sustainability at its heart, every decision is made with environmental responsibility in mind. Since the beginning of the company 25 years ago our philosophy has been to drive towards sustainability and strive to improve our products, packaging and working methods to reduce our carbon footprint and make the planet a better place.

What sustainability initiatives has the English Soap Company implemented?

The focus is on making sustainable, ethical products that are fully recyclable and long lasting. Minimal packaging is used, recycled plastics where possible, and recyclable aluminium tubes for products like hand creams.

Our vegetable oils are sourced from RSPO accredited suppliers and fragrances are synthetic which has less impact on the environment than land-intensive production.

Local suppliers are used where possible and The English Soap Company’s success has had a knock on, positive effect for these local and small businesses.

Packaging, fragrances and printing services all come from East Sussex, England, where our headquarters are located. We only buy paper and card that are FSC certified. By doing this we know we are not having a negative impact on the planet.

Our wholesale customers recognise the importance of our products being FSC certified as part of their compliance and due diligence, and it is a selling point for us.

countryside landscape and nature

What happens to your non-reusable boxes?

With our cardboard shredder, every single shred of card can now go into packing out orders to keep them nice and snug for delivery. Even though the card we use is fully recyclable the team try to be conscious, using only what is needed.

We also shred any unusable soap wraps, out of date brochures, papers and any other packaging materials that can be shredded and used again. 

cardboard shredder

What is FSC certification?

FSC® is considered to be the most reputable and rigorous method of forest certification now in use. It is an independent, member-led organisation that promotes socially beneficial, environmentally sound, and economically successful management of the world’s forests.

The certification method for Chain of Custody traces the movement of goods across the supply chain. Find out more about FSC certification here.

Our Sustainable Products

All our soap bars are plastic free and use as little packaging as possible. Made with high quality and locally sourced ingredients. All soap bars are vegan friendly and cruelty free. Free from harmful SLS’s or Parabens. 

We try to use as little plastic as possible here at The English Soap Company. All our Hand Creams use aluminium recyclable tubes, and we use PCR recycled plastic where possible. All our plastic bottles are recyclable, and we encourage customers to recycle as much as they can.

Our Soy Wax Candles also come in plastic-free packaging: recyclable glass tumbler and card carton. Hand poured on-site, here in East Sussex, England.

Even our gift box packaging is made using 100% recyclable cardboard. 

recyclable gift box packaging

Are your products 'certified' sustainable by a third-party organisation?

We are proud to confirm that the palm oil that we use is sourced from members of the RSPO (Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil). Their goal is to ensure a positive impact on the planet and people using sustainable farming practices.

Tell us more about your packaging?

Vegan Soap Bars

All our soap bars are plastic free and use as little packaging as possible. The paper wrap we use are printed onto FSC certified biodegradable paper and are also 100% recyclable. These printed wraps are chemical-free, and thermally printed using vegetable-based inks, rather than chemical inks and processes. 

Additionally, all of our soap bars are also vegan friendly and cruelty-free. 

fsc paper wrapped soap

Cruelty-Free Hand Creams

All of the luxury hand creams from our Kew & Anniversary collections are presented in aluminium tubes and boxed FSC certified cardboard packaging. These aluminium tubes are not only fully recyclable, but also ensure that you get maximum product out of each tube before recycling.

recyclable aluminium tubes for hand creams

Hand & Body Washes

We use PCR recycled plastic bottled for all of our liquid soaps such as hand and body washes. 

Made from 100% post-consumer resin (PCR), our unique, amber-toned PETE 1 bottles are the best eco-friendly choice. Made from 100% recycled plastic waste these post-consumer resin (PCR) bottles reduce the production of new plastic.

What sets these liquid soap bottles apart is their ability to be recycled again, contributing to a sustainable cycle that helps combat global plastic pollution.

recyclable PCR plastic bottles

Additionally, the labels used on every PCR bottle is produced using ‘Forest Film’ which is a wood based raw material that is 100% renewable.

This material is made from pulp production residues, offering a renewable alternative to films that are fossil-based. This Forest Film is an ISCC certified (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) and is made using sustainable resources. Click here to learn more information about Forest Film.

Scented Candles

All our soy wax candles come in plastic-free packaging: recyclable glass tumbler and cardboard box which is printed on FSC certified paper. 

reusable glass jars

Leading the way in sustainability

The English Soap Company leading the way in sustainable practices. Their use of eco-friendly ingredients and packaging, along with their dedication to ethical sourcing and production practices, sets a high standard for the skincare and beauty industry.

By prioritising transparency and accountability in every aspect of their operations, they are not only offering quality products but also inspiring others in the industry to follow suit.

Sustainability isn't just a trend; it's becoming an essential part of how businesses operate, and The English Soap Company demonstrates this can be done without compromising on quality. 

Choosing Australia's best sustainable soap and skincare products

When it comes to choosing Australia's best sustainable soap and skincare products, it's essential to look beyond trendy packaging and catchy marketing slogans. The focus should be on ethical sourced ingredients, and eco-friendly packaging. Choose brands that prioritise sustainability throughout their entire production process, from ingredient sourcing to product disposal, such as The English Soap Company.

soap making moulds

Also consider looking for soaps and skincare products that are cruelty-free, vegan, and free of harmful chemicals. Look for transparent brands that openly disclose their sustainably sourced ingredients and emphasise minimal environmental impact in their manufacturing practices. By supporting such brands, you not only care for your skin but also contribute to the well-being of the planet.

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