COOLA has important sustainability values about the ingredients that their products are made from and their farming practices. An important feature of their products is that they are naturally scented and plant-based. While their packaging could still become more sustainable, they are making steps in the right direction. This brand of sunscreen is a more sustainable option to many commonly found sunscreen brands such as Hawaiian Tropic, even though it is a little pricier.
- very transparent about the ingredients in their products
- products are plant-based, naturally-scented, and do not include excessive and unnecessary chemicals
- following an initiative to reduce the plastic in the packaging of their products by 30%
- they use sustainable farming practices to grow the ingredients in their products
- production is based out of San Diego, California
- packaging could be more sustainable
This product follows a “Farm to Face” formula, meaning that they follow sustainable farming practices, support local communities, and reduce their use of pesticides. It is also 70%+ certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free, enriched with antioxidants, reef friendly, and does not include GMO’s or parabens. I also admire that this product is naturally scented and plant-based, as most sunscreens have many additional chemicals in their ingredients that makeup their unnatural scents. They have also made their packaging tubes with 30% less plastic recently, and while their packaging could be more sustainable, this is a good step in the right direction.
While COOLA offers a lot of information about the ingredients that go into their products, as well as their farming practices, they do not offer as much transparency about their factory conditions or supply chain, something that would be useful to know to fully evaluate the sustainability of their products. However, they follow sustainable farming practices, support local communities, and reduce their use of pesticides. Their products are also manufactured in San Diego, California, reducing the footprint associated with the transport of their products.
COOLA’s mission is to create product experiences that embody a healthy lifestyle. They have high ingredient standards, including Plant Protection, 70%+ organic, and Farm to Face. They also have a commitment to 100% fragrance transparency, with 100% natural fragrances, which is rare in these type of companies.