Rating: Good

Highlights

  • Carbon neutral
  • Any palm oil derivatives are RSPO certified
  • Packaging recyclable in most kerbside programs

Lowlights

  • Main ingredient is water
  • Some ingredients are toxic to aquatic life
  • Incomplete data for some natural extracts

Sukin is an Australian brand that lists environmental sustainability as one of its key values. The company intentionally keeps packaging to a minimum to reduce waste, and offsets its carbon emissions from both manufacture and office operations through the NoCO2 certification program.

Their Natural Balance Shampoo comes in two sizes; 500 mL and 1 L. This is good, because being able to buy in bulk can minimise the amount of packaging that needs to be used. The plastic that is used in the packaging is also relatively easy to recycle in most kerbside programs.

The main ingredient in this product is water. This suggests that this product could be more concentrated. Providing a more concentrated product reduces packaging requirements and transport emissions.

There are two key soap ingredients in this product. Both are readily biodegradable. One of them is toxic to aquatic life, and the other is harmful to aquatic life. Some of these chemicals will be released to the environment, but a large amount should be broken down during waste water treatment first. This will help to reduce their environmental impact.

Some of the ingredients could be derived from palm oil. The Sukin Facebook page says that some of their ingredients are derived from palm oil, but all sources of palm oil are certified by the RSPO. Vegetable oils can be easily swapped for one another, so supporting certified sources of palm oil over other uncertified sources can be the way to go.

The other ingredients are mainly natural extracts. Less data is available to help to work out the environmental impact of these chemicals. While natural doesn’t always mean better, as natural extracts, the chance of them being chemicals of highest concern is low. Where there is data available, it shows that the natural extracts are readily biodegradable and either harmful or toxic to aquatic life.

The preservatives are phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol. These are both good choices as preservatives. They are readily biodegradable and not toxic to aquatic life.

But does it work?

Considering how well a product works is a big factor in determining whether a product is a good one or not. A product that does not work is a waste.

There are not very many reviews published for this product, but those that I could find were positive. Check out the reviews on BeautyHeaven, and the mentions on this thread on Reddit and this article from BEAUTY/crew.

Image credit: Healthy Shelly

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