Everspring is a Target-owned brand selling personal and household items. Their Lavender & Bergamot Liquid Hand Soap is among many of their products and does well for anthropogenic use based on their site’s reviews, but not so much for the environment. Target Brands, Inc. is the owner of Everspring, and the many products that they sell are either recyclable or 50% recyclable. This is not enough information at all. Slapping a label here and there showing it’s “recyclable” and "USDA certified" is not proving anything except that Target is not new to the greenwashing business.
This brand is only getting *0.5 planets* and this is a bit generous for a large corporation that has some much corporate stakeholders and retail experience. To bring out any type of eco-friendly line and not have it actually be for the environment even if catering to human beings is disrespectful. Target looks desperate like they are trying to fit in or be with some type of “green trend.” Target’s Everspring line lacks transparency in all areas: ingredients, production origins, and manufacturing means. They can do better and need to do better today because they have the resources to do so. Also, another thing that comes to mind is my concern about contributing to some kind of consumerism cycle. In this Target line, refill packages for these 12oz soap bottles are sold separately, but then once finished, more refill bags need to be bought. At this point in time, there should be dispensers in Target and other related retail stores where people can come to refill their containers for an affordable price.
The liquid soap is made of Water, Sodium Coco-Sulfate (Plant-Derived), Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate (Plant-Derived), Decyl Glucoside (Plant-Derived), Coco-Glucoside (Plant-Derived), Glyceryl Oleate (Plant-Derived), Sodium Chloride (Mineral-Based), Citric Acid (Plant-Derived), Propanediol (Plant-Derived), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (Plant-Derived), Magnesium Chloride (Mineral-Based), Potassium Sorbate, (Synthetic), Sodium Benzoate (Synthetic), Fragrance. The container itself is made of 50% recyclable content (https://www.bhg.com/news/target-everspring-brand/#:~:text=Plus%2C%20the%20Everspring%20bottles%20are,stone%20cleaner%20is%20just%20%245.99.)meaning that the bottle itself should be recycled and the pump handle should be discarded. This is vague and disappointing. For a large franchise corporation like Target, they should be able to make this 12oz hand soap recyclable, if not biodegradable. As a matter of fact, Target's entire Everspring line should be sustainable.
There is not much information on how the hand soap is made on their website or social media pages. The label on the bottle itself shows us that it is distributed by Target Corporation located in Maine. This label also reveals that the ingredients are collected domestically and internationally.
This product is made in the United States. This information can be found on the Everspring webpage and the label of the bottle. Supply chain transparency heavily lacks with this brand.