Today, April 22 is Earth Day. A day that aims to bring awareness and action to environmental issues around the globe. With the growing threat of climate change and other environmental impacts, recognising this is now more important than ever. This year, the theme of Earth Day is “invest in our planet”. At Bon Savvy this means environmentally safe, people safe and non-toxic laundry liquids and fragrances. It's not enough that our products are highly effective and kind to human’s well-being it's equally important they protect our planet, our marine life and our animals. But whilst we're determined to do our best, ultimately every single one of us needs to step up and do what we can to love our earth like our life depends on it!!
In honour of Earth Day, we felt it was important to shine a light on what Bon Savvy’s commitment is to sustainability and environmental practices and share what our journey looks like in doing our part to invest in our planet and its future.
Bon Savvy products are 100% Australian made using natural & organic plant-based, vegan, cruelty free, pH neutral and biodegradable ingredients. All our products are a better, safer option for your clothing, health and well-being and the best option for the planet. Our concentrated plant powered ingredients are devoid of nasty chemicals or toxins and their biodegradable nature reduces the impact on our waterways, oceans and marine life.
We have partnered with one of Australia’s oldest family-owned manufacturers of natural, plant-based products to mindfully create the best, most effective and beautiful premium quality, natural products available. Wherever possible we also use Australian Native plants and plant derived ingredients to help support the Australian economy, local communities and businesses.
NATURALLY DERIVED FRAGRANCE
Our laundry liquids and our mists are beautifully infused with our original fragrance blends that use naturally derived, plant based ingredients. They are derived from a number of organic processes and contain no synthetic amplifiers or chemical enhancers. We never use synthetic fragrance. The built-in softener in our laundry liquids is a result of ingeniously blended natural ingredients and are not the same as the chemical laden, environmentally damaging softeners found in standard laundry detergents. Please visit here for more.
OUR SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
From our product packaging to how we pack our customer orders, through to the shipping services we use, we’re committed to sustainable practices and minimising our carbon footprint. All our product packaging is made from recycled or recyclable material including either PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled plastic), glass, aluminium, recycled cardboard or recyclable PET. Even our marketing material such as our ‘Thank You’ Cards and ‘Instruction Cards’ are made from recycled post-consumer waste paper and are printed by environmentally conscious printers. We always encourage you to recycle your packaging including the bottles, caps, shipping wrapping, sustainable cardboard boxes and wood wool shredding used in our shipping.
WHY WE CHOSE OUR PACKAGING
We’re often asked whether we will consider moving towards using pouches as refills. Our research suggests this option leads to an increased logistics carbon footprint and, as the pouches are not recyclable, it directs more waste to landfill. We instead opt to work towards closing the loop and have chosen to use recycled or recyclable materials that are suited to laundry spaces & surfaces. This, combined with a strategic approach to creating highly concentrated formulas means we can utilise smaller bottles; eg: our 500ml laundry liquid bottle is equivalent to 1.5-2 litres of many standard laundry detergents. By making our laundry liquids concentrated it means you use significantly less and this in turn reduces the need for refills and surplus packaging which avoids further waste pollution.
SUPPORTING NATURAL & SUSTAINABLE FABRIC
We’ve specifically created laundry liquids to properly care for and extend the life of sustainable and natural fibre fabrics. Our specially curated, plant-based, natural and organic ingredients are formulated to protect sustainable fabrics including Linen, Organic Cotton, Tencel, Bamboo, Silk, Wool and more. It’s our belief the more we raise awareness of the benefits to health, comfort, the environment and the economies of disadvantaged communities by choosing more sustainably and ethically produced fabrics/natural fabrics over synthetic fabrics, the better our future will be. We love playing a part in helping to encourage this shift to slow fashion & mindful purchasing (*) that focuses consumer buying behaviour toward quality over quantity and further reducing landfill waste.
LIVING CLEAN AND GREEN
We support and encourage cleaner, more sustainable living practices in everyday living. For example, our Laundry Liquids may be suited to both hand washing and machine washing but we actively promote mindful practices such as choosing to hand wash over machine washing or line drying wherever possible over using a dryer. Not only do these methodologies extend the life of your clothing or household linens (and reduce waste) you don’t use as much water, reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption. However, if you do have to machine wash we encourage the use of a delicates wash bag to prevent fibre pollution and extend the life of your items.
WASH BAG VS FIBRE POLLUTION
If you do have to machine wash, especially more delicate items, we encourage this to be done mindfully by placing items into our specially designed Bon Savvy Delicates Wash Bag. By doing so you will not only protect your valuable pieces during the washing cycle from snags and pulls, you are also helping to protect the environment. All fabrics release fibres into the washing water during machine washing which ends up in our waterways, ultimately polluting our oceans. By using our Delicates Wash Bag with its fine weave, we are able to trap these fibres before they wash into the water. This added layer of protection will also extend the life of your items, further reducing landfill.
SLOW FASHION & MINDFUL PURCHASING
What is slow fashion? Slow fashion is the considered approach to purchasing clothing, taking into account the processes and resources required to make these items - buying better quality garments that last longer and have been produced in an ethical manner. It's our belief that by producing care products that support consciously created fashion, artisan makers and innovative sustainable fashion brands, we’re not only playing our part in a move towards mindful consumer behaviour but we're supporting small businesses and farming communities around the world trying hard to extract themselves from the negative impacts fast fashion is largely responsible for.
INCREASING AWARENESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
We have a ‘big hairy audacious goal’ at Bon Savvy - that every product we have in our range will be aligned with ‘doing good’ for our planet and its people. We are currently in discussions with Australia’s leading association for The Great Barrier Reef restoration in conjunction with our Bikini Savvy and hope soon to announce our donation and sponsorship of their incredible work. We are also working with other organisations to highlight sustainable fabric production. More info to come!
We’re proud of our commitment to sustainability and we remain forever vigilant to keep abreast of any new innovations that may even further reduce our carbon footprint or improve our sustainability practices in any way. We are working hard to continually spread the word within our customer community about the protection of the environment.
Every little bit helps, we’re all in this together!