Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant Pear & Aloe Vera

overall Rating:

0.5

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Shwetha Kengasur Venkatesh
2/27/2021
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Dove is a well-known brand and trusted by many for their skincare needs. The ingredients used are non-toxic except for the parfum used which can be avoided by the company or shifted to natural fragrances. The company is also taking steps towards achieving their sustainability goals. As a part of the Unilever brand, they have sustainability goals for 2030. However, I am more inclined towards understanding their steps in sustainability so far. Dove has taken steps towards a sustainable business approach. However, there is no information on the extent of these practices being applied in their company. Dove has a global presence and could do a lot more than what their present sustainability practices. I believe companies like Dove should be at the forefront in leading and achieving sustainability goals.

what it's made of:

1.5

The deodorant contains zero percent alcohol and zero percent aluminum. This is important to me as a consumer because of the possible links between aluminum in deodorant to both breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Most of the ingredients used in the product are nontoxic. However, there is still use of parfum and the contents of the parfum are not known. It will be beneficial to shift to natural fragrance or no fragrance alternatives. This could make the product more inclined towards ingredients transparency. However, this is a one time use packaging with no refills available for reuse. The packaging is not entirely recyclable as the company claims that there is not enough reliable, good quality recycled polypropylene available to allow for 100% application. This is a major drawback for the company to achieve its sustainability goals. The company will need to make more efforts to make their packaging sustainable since they have a global presence.

how it's made:

1

The company has a new initiative - to make all its plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. However, the company needs to give more information on how they plan to achieve this goal. As a part of Unilever, Dove is working towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Although this is a far-off goal, the company is taking active steps by increasing the use of renewable energy sources – wind and solar in manufacturing. The Germany and USA sites use 100% renewable energy through wind and solar, and the Indonesian site is using sustainable biomass. This is an impressive step by the company. But since Dove has a global presence, the company should provide information about the other manufacturing sites. The company is taking several important steps in green shipping methods, and zero non-hazardous waste to landfills. However, since Dove has a global presence, there is no information on how much is being implemented. The company needs to provide more information for higher rating.

who makes it:

0.8

Dove is a part of the Unilever brand. They are improving their product formula to reduce water use. Another impressive step taken by the company is to remove the use of microbeads which are small plastic particles used in scrubs and exfoliants. These particles are difficult to filter in the water system and end up polluting the water sources. This is a positive step by the company, and it makes it closer to achieving their sustainability goals. The company needs to provide information on their social sustainability practices. The company is taking active steps to achieve zero waste to landfill by recycling their cardboard boxes used for transportation. However, since Dove is a global company, the extent of these measures being applied is not known. The company should have transparency and provide more information.

sources:

https://www.dove.com/us/en/deodorants/stick/advanced-care-antiperspirant-deodorant-stick-cool-essentials.html

https://www.byrdie.com/why-is-aluminum-in-deodorant-bad-4844790

https://www.dove.com/us/en/stories/about-dove/plastics-commitment.html

https://www.dove.com/us/en/stories/about-dove/climate-change.html

https://www.treeactiv.com/blogs/treeactiv-blog/the-dangers-of-microbeads

https://www.dove.com/us/en/stories/about-dove/water.html