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OUR ETHICS

CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Esse has subscribed to the Ecocert organic standards since its inception. Ecocert enforce minimum organic percentages and ban ingredients that they deem to be unsafe or unsustainable. They also audit our production facility and ensure full traceability of all raw materials.

Ecocert regulates the packaging that we use. They make sure that the materials that we use are safe for the consumer and don’t leach into the product over time. They also oversee the recyclability of the packaging materials.

CARBON NEUTRAL

Esse fights every year to minimise its carbon emissions. We audit our energy consumption yearly to ensure that we are as efficient as we can be and that we continue to improve.

Nobody’s perfect though, so Esse purchases carbon credits to offset the company’s carbon emissions. You can find out more about our chosen carbon offset program here.

PLASTIC NEUTRAL

We’ve partnered with Cleanhub to collect plastic waste in developing countries before it can reach the ocean. Millions of tons of plastic end up in our ocean every year with deeply damaging results to marine ecosystems. Today, 91% of global plastic does not get recycled and single-use plastics end up in water courses destined for the ocean.

Esse has stepped up to help protect the ocean by going plastic neutral. We calculate our plastic usage and ensure that an equivalent amount is collected and recycled. This also empowers local communities in developing countries to set up collection businesses. At the moment, Cleanhub has the capacity to treat 15 million tonnes of plastic waste from more than 70 countries. Esse is committed to protecting our ocean – with every product we sell.

CRUELTY FREE

We do not test our products on animals and will not source ingredients from suppliers who do. There are many alternatives to the use of animals in research. Our products are tested on human volunteers.

Esse belongs to PeTA’s cruelty-free company program and is accredited as a cruelty-free company on PeTA.org.

Esse is also accredited through Beauty Without Cruelty, an animal rights organisation with a primary objective to educate and inform the public about the exploitation, abuse and suffering of animals.

VEGAN

Esse is accredited by The Vegan Society. This means that no animal products are used in our range.

With the emergence of marketing catch lines such as “humane farming” and “caring for animals” appearing more and more on animal produce, the killing of animals for human benefit is being sugar-coated. We don’t believe in using ANY animal products in our skincare line … not even beeswax.