One of the most impressive aspect of the company is its transparency, sustainable goals for 2025 and 2030, and the abundance of accessible information about their products. Seventh Generation is a sustainable company which has achieved several important goals including using recycled plastic packaging, ethically sourced sources, and nontoxic products. This is also a company which is working towards decreasing carbon footprint, produce zero waste, sustainable sources, conserve water, create healthier products, increase transparency, support communities, and creating a vibrant workplace. They are certified by various organizations including the USDA certified Biobased product which ensures that the product has a USDA-verified amount of renewable biological ingredients. The company is responsible and is taking much needed strong strides for the future generations. I believe the company cares about the customers, employees, and the environment.
My interest to use cleaner and greener products has always made me read the ingredients of each product I use. However, I have always struggled to find the meaning of the ingredients and its use in a product. But the seventh-generation hand soap has all the information provided about all the ingredients used and its purpose. It is easily accessible under the ingredients. There is also a safety Data Sheet attached and has information about the proper and safe use of the product. The composition of the hand soap, function of ingredients and the concentration of each ingredient is available in the Data Sheet. It is made without any triclosan, dyes, or phthalates.
The hand soap is made with plant-based products and is fragrance free. There are 14 ingredients, and most are plant derived. The fact that there are no synthetic fragrances in the product is a huge plus. Although alluring, synthetic fragrances are harmful for human health and the environment. Refill bottles are available making it easier to reuse the original hand wash bottle. The bottle can also be reused for other purposes as it has a removable cap and is not a onetime use bottle. The company also claims that the bottles are made with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, which is an impressive feat. The claim is supported by information about the Post-Consumer Recycled materials used in the bottles. Each bottle also comes with how to recycle labels.
The detailed information provided is impressive. The transparency and the effort taken by the company to do this is appreciable and stands true to the mission of seventh generation. To get a rating of 3, the company could lead the way in using biodegradable packaging.
The product is made in Tennessee, USA but the ingredients used are local and globally sourced. The company only works with suppliers who share their values. They have developed a Supplier Code of Conduct in 2013 based on the SA 8000® social accountability standard. The code needs to be acknowledged by all the suppliers. The code lists the expectations for the suppliers to conduct their business and manage their employees in an ethical and responsible way. This is a huge step taken by the company to towards their social responsibility and it is one step closer to making their business achieve the sustainable goals. However there is no much information on their factory locations and work ethics followed.
They have partnered with the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to balance the palm oil consumption. The company is also committed to the usage of responsible palm kernel oil. The company is clearly aware and is taking responsible steps to ensure the use of products sourced from ethical sources.
Several profiles of scientists, engineers and chemists who work at Seventh Generation to create a healthy and non-toxic product can be found in their website. The employees are paid minimum wage and higher and this aligns with the Sustainable Development goals. The company acknowledges the lack in the racial diversity of the employees and is actively working towards more inclusiveness. They have also made important strides in closing the gender gap in salaries and the leadership. The transparency and the action on the sustainable goals taken by the company is appreciable. They are also actively involved in the community service activities. However, more information about the production of the products and the workers involved is needed for a higher rating.
Seventh Generation has formulated plant-based products since 1988 in Burlington, Vermont. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Unilever Corporation but it is a B Corporation, which means that they meet the environmental and social wellbeing standards.
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