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Sustainability in the Skincare Industry: How an Organic Silk Pillowcase Inspired a Mission

With more and more people becoming aware of the need for sustainability, it’s not a surprise that companies are beginning to take action. Fait avec Coeur has products that are made with heart, without hurting the environment in any way. We pride ourselves on our sustainable, eco-friendly products, and we wanted to share how our organic silk pillowcase (and other products) are sustainable, and what steps the skincare industry is taking to minimize its impact on our home, the Earth.

We fell in love with silk pillowcases long ago. Their luxury, their beauty, their comfort – and once we discovered all the benefits to our skin care, we set out on our business journey to design a premium silk pillowcase that was organic and sustainable. We’re pretty proud of how far our mission has gone.

 

Our Organic Silk Pillowcase

Our 30 momme silk pillowcase was one of the first products we created, and it sparked a mission. We wanted to create other products like it – products that did not hurt Mother Earth, but which were luxurious and useful. So, from our organic silk pillowcase, we went on to create our 100% pure silk face mask, eye mask, bedsheet set and some other non-silk products.

Silk has many qualities that make it a sustainable material. It is a zero-waste fabric, it is renewable, biodegradable, and it is organic and does not shed microplastics. For more information on how silk specifically is sustainable, you can read our blog on the subject here.

Our mission is to provide you with sustainably created products that help you elevate your everyday lifestyle.

In the future, you can always expect us to provide eco-friendly but gorgeous products. We don’t believe in compromises. We want to give you the best, but we also want to do what’s best for our planet – and we find ways to do both.

The Need for Sustainability

Why do we need to create sustainable products? Because without sustainability, our future would look bleak. Sustainability literally means “the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance”.

The fact that we need to become sustainable is irrefutable. There is a huge focus on sustainable households, but if large corporations weren’t sustainable in their operations, they’d cause a lot more harm due to the amount of materials they handle on an everyday basis.

We need the quality of the environment to remain constant – we need clean air, water, and other natural resources, because our ecosystem is a lot more fragile than we once imagined. Due to this simple and devastatingly important reason, we need to focus on sustainability at the heart of our consumption and lifestyle choices.

 

Sustainability in the Skincare Industry

And we’re not the only company focusing on the sustainability of our industry’s products. Let’s take a minute to break down all of the intentional decisions that a skincare company can make to support environmental sustainability:

 

  1.     Eco-friendly packaging

When it came to packaging, plastic was the material of choice for decades. It is strong, attractive, waterproof, tear-resistant, and has various other qualities that make it the perfect choice. The biggest downside it had was that it took centuries to decompose, but that didn’t seem like a problem at the time. Now, with a plastic island the size of Texas floating around in our oceans, we know it is quite a large issue.

Companies are taking action. With plastic alternatives such as paper, cardboard and various other innovative materials being used for packaging, we are slightly closer to a plastic-free future.

  1.     Naturally sourced vs lab-made

Most people associate the term ‘chemicals’ with negative attributes. Harsh, unpleasant, bad for the environment. This isn’t always the case.  Chemicals can be harvested naturally or synthesized in a lab – neither is necessarily better for the environment. It comes down to whether the specific chemical ingredients that go into a skincare product are sustainably harvested or synthesized. Each ingredient must be considered, rather than a blanket generalization made.

The point is that companies are starting to make eco-friendliness a priority when choosing between lab-made and naturally sourced products.

  1.     Zero waste products

There was a time when luxury products came with excessive packaging. It was considered a measure of luxury for a product to be cocooned in as much packaging as possible. It was unnecessary and led to enormous amounts of waste being created, and luckily, those times are now past.

Skincare companies are starting to invest in zero waste (or minimal) packaging. The concept of ‘zero waste’ is an interesting one, although it is self-explanatory. To qualify as zero waste, companies are going with decomposable packaging and containers that can be recycled or reused. Where that isn’t possible, they tone down the packaging as much as possible, so the product’s costs come down and it’s a little more environmentally friendly.

There are various other little ways in which the skincare industry is trying to help. Using organic materials, opting for processes that cause less pollution, using fewer chemical dyes or colorants, and more. You may think it doesn’t matter if you buy a product that comes with simpler, slightly less volume packaging, but it does – because there are millions of other people doing the same thing, and it all adds up.

 

Fait avec Coeur’s Zero Waste Face Cleansing Truffle

At Fait avec Coeur, we’re moving into the production of even more intentional skincare products, such as our newest product – the face cleansing truffle.

This product is both environmentally friendly and sustainable. It is zero waste and has no components that are harmful to the environment.

Each face cleansing truffle comes in a plastic-free wrap that you can discard without any worries, and it contains a butter-based cleanser that helps you remove impurities and makeup, and soothe stressed skin. Three types of cleansing truffles are available:

 

Oatmeal Nourishing Cleansing Truffle

You can use this truffle regularly to cleanse your face and remove impurities and makeup. Some of the important ingredients in this blend are: shea butter, jojoba seed oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil, ceterayl alcohol, gelatin, glycerin, sunflower seed oil, calendula flower extract, and sodium hyaluronate.

Green Tea Calming Cleansing Truffle

For skin that is extra stressed or sensitive, the green tea truffle is perfect when used as a mask. It will soothe your skin and restore it to a calm state. Key ingredients in this truffle include: green tea leaf extract, oat kernel flour, kaolin, glyceryl stearate, sodium stearyl lactylate, mugwort leaf extract, hydrolyzed rice protein, and baobab seed soil.

Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Truffle

If you’ve spent the day exposing your skin to the dirt and grime of a hard day’s work or an outdoor adventure, use this cleansing truffle once a week to remove impurities. Notable ingredients in this truffle include: shea butter, jojoba seed oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil, rice bran wax, charcoal, watermelon seed oil, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, and allantoin.

How to Use the Cleansing Truffles

Use the truffle at night. Wet your hands and the truffle with lukewarm water, then squeeze the truffle into a paste. Gently massage this paste onto dry, unclean skin, applying lukewarm water as needed. Continue to add water to remove dirt and makeup, and then pat dry.

To use as a mask, leave the paste on your face for ten minutes, and then remove it with lukewarm water.

Shop here for our zero waste cleansing truffles, the organic silk pillowcase that started it all, or to browse the rest of our sustainable beauty products!