- Carbon neutral
- Any palm oil derivatives are RSPO certified
- Packaging recyclable in most kerbside programs
- Main ingredient is water
- Key conditioning agents are very toxic to aquatic life
- Limited information 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. Their carbon neutral claims do not appear to be verified by a third party, but offsetting carbon emissions is still a good thing.
Their Natural Balance Conditioner 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 conditioning ingredients in this product. Both are readily biodegradable, but they are also very toxic 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 only exception is Vitamin E. This ingredient is not readily biodegradable, but is ultimately biodegradable.
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.
Those who have reviewed this product seem to like it. Given the formulation, this would be a light conditioner compared to some others. For more reviews, check out BeautyHeaven.
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