When I decided to review this product I expected to find the worst but I was proven very wrong. Garnier has recognised its global prominence and rather than turning a blind eye to issues surrounding sustainability and the environment, it has reacted in the best possible way. The website page for the shampoo bar alone was like a rabbit warren of extra links to more and more pages explaining new processes, new certifications, and new promises all with the aim of making products more sustainable. Their sustainability report just furthers this transparency too. Each shampoo bar costs £8, which is quite expensive, but Garnier claims that each bar lasts 2 months meaning it could be a very good value for money. However, this will obviously vary from person to person. The shampoo bars themselves are a great product and I will definitely be trying one very soon.
I looked at the “Honey Treasures” bar specifically for this section, however, there are three other bars produced and sold by Garnier. The ingredients list is very long, with 20 different components. As a consumer who doesn’t really know much about ingredients, I often ask, are all these necessary? Garnier has actually started to accommodate the consumer on their website, adding explanations for a lot of ingredients, a feature they are looking to expand in the future. The use of natural ingredients means that the shampoo bars are made of 97% biodegradable materials. This bar, in particular, uses honey and beeswax which means that it isn’t vegan, and whilst the beeswax is necessary to create a protective barrier on the bar, a biodegradable synthetic polymer could just as easily be used instead. This use of bee products is a potential worry for many but Garnier is approved by Cruelty-Free International’s Leaping Bunny Programme, a trusted certification that requires the brand to undergo rigorous investigations into their raw material acquisition. Since this product has been approved by CFI, consumers can be rest assured that the ingredients are sourced sustainably and any animal produce is cruelty-free, meaning no animal testing is used at any stage of production. The real perk of this product is that there is no plastic waste at all. The packaging is 100% cardboard, certified by the FSC, the Forest Stewardship Council (a forest management group), and as it is a bar, no plastic bottles, tubs, or tubes are needed – a very novel concept that a lot more companies are beginning to experiment with.
The transparency from Garnier is fantastic. Each product now comes with a Product Impact Label; a new grading system that has been designed by scientific experts to assess the impact a product has on the environment. 14 different planetary impact factors such as ocean acidification, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions, are measured and calculated then verified by an independent company – in this case, the Bureau Veritas – and then a final rating is assigned. The Bureau Veritas is a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification services, meaning their final analysis of a product is very trustworthy. All four shampoo bars fall into category A, meaning they are incredibly kind to the planet. Manufacturing conditions are monitored and evaluated by EcoVadis, a company specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility. This certification has ensured that all ingredients and components of the products are sourced from suppliers that meet UN labour standards. This means all factory workers have good working conditions, good wages, and are treated fairly.
Garnier has made a lot of “Green Beauty” promises and this step forward with their shampoo bars is proving their commitment to sustainability. Their aims include: ‘Greener Science Formulas’ which covers everything from biodiversity protection to green cultivation, ‘More Renewable Energy’ which reduces carbon dioxide emissions, water consumption, and works towards becoming 100% renewable by 2025, and ‘More Recycled Materials’ which aims to use zero virgin plastic by 2025. These are just three I picked from the website out of the main five, but each is covered in detail on the website and in the sustainability report. The progress on these goals is good so far and it will interesting to see in 2025 if they reach their targets. Garnier is a huge company and I love the fact that they are taking ownership of just how big an impact they have on the world and have understood the need to move to more sustainable practices.
I would highly recommend you look at all these if you’re interested as there was too much to write about in a single review!!