Inecto Natural Coconut Shampoo

overall rating:

1.5

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Sophia Robinson
7/10/2021
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In conclusion I believe Inecto is at least trying In some aspects of sustainability, their products are not tested on animals and are definitely quite safe for humans too which is good, they most likely don’t use slave labour and sound like they are trying to source their ingredients from organic or sustainable produce.  


However very little of this was actually stated on their website and there is little evidence to back some of these claims up, so the brand definitely have a way to go on transparency, I was also a little disappointed (but not surprised) to see that they had not one but two parent companies Karium and JZI . however both of these companies do appear to at least pretend to care somewhat about the environment, and are managing over a billion euros so should still be doing more .  


I am going to give this a 1.5/3 although this feels a little harsh. I have now emailed them and if I could find evidence for their claims I would happily ramp this up to a 2/3.




 



 

What it's made of:

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Packaging – recyclable plastic – but very light weight so reduces carbon emissions in terms of transport over glass.

Ingredients – 13 ingredients 9 of which contain no risk.
The other four contain limited risk:

Sodium laureth sulphate (although has received a LOT of bad press is actually one of the least offenders in terms of human safety and can be described as a potential irritant, in some cases it can react with impurities to create carcinogenic chemicals in small amounts and the process to make this chemical is polluting).

Cocamidoproply betaine ( is a potential allergen and irritant with allergy levels at 6% across the population).

Steareth-4 ( is an irritant when used in large amounts and some residue from the manufacturing process can turn into carcinogenic gases however this is tightly controlled, it is also not biodegradable so could be ingested by other organisms).

Polyquaternium-10 (is a potential allergen and irritant, they are non-biodegradable and pollute the oceans).

Overall though this is still far safer than other products and inceto rated it 72/100 so in the green zone still.

How it's made:

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The ingredients in all Inecto’s products are all vegan and cruelty free, they have not been tested on animals, and 90% of the formulations are apparently from natural ingredients.
However this is all it says on the topic of sustainability and theres no proof that I can find (17/06/21) of their carbon emissions reduction or proof of their sustainably / organic sources.
Their parent company is Kerium who’s parents company is JZ international, they have a JZI Responsible Procurement Policy for all the companies they buy and in their environmental policy state ‘Suppliers should ensure they are treating the local environment with respect and meet all the relevant local and national regulations’ which if you think about the laws in place in most countries sadly doesn’t mean very much at all. Some of it could also be made in sri lanka which is quite far away and not that good in terms of shipping emissions.

Who makes it:

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Karium is the parent company that owns Inecto and in its modern slavery statement. It has 3rd party suppliers in the UK Europe and Sri Lanka. It states ‘Similarly we do not believe that activities carried out in any of our manufacturing supplier locations or third-party warehouse are at a risk of modern slavery as our partners are reputable and we have had a long and successful business relationship with them. Also, all our manufacturing suppliers are accredited (e.g. ISO 9001, GMP, ISO 14001, BRC)’.
It should be noted that these credits relate to environmental and general business suitability checks, with a brief look at all of them none appear to ensure workers rights although the documentation is very complicated so I am not sure about this. But the fact that I had to do all this digging and none of this is stated directly on Inecto’s website suggests they’re not doing everything otherwise they would be talking about it.
Kariums parent company however has a statement about the companies it ‘invests in’ (owns) and in their it states:


"Working conditions–Freedom of Associative and Collective Bargaining (C87 & C98).•As far as any relevant laws allow, all employees are f ree to form or join a Union, which pertains to the protection of the terms and conditions of the employment of employees, such as wages, hours of work, working conditions and grievance procedures.•Elimination of Forced and Compulsory Labour (C29 & C105). Forced, bonded or compulsory labour is not used and employees are f ree to leave their employment after reasonable notice. Employees are not required to lodge deposits of money or identity papers with their employer.•Elimination of Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation (C100 & C111).–Discrimination based on factors not relevant to the terms of employment is prohibited. Examples of non-relevant attributes include race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, height, weight and age.–Abolition of Child Labour (C138 & C182). Work undertaken by people of 16 years or under without consideration for their personal development, safety, education or health is prohibited. This will be supported by policies and programmes, which promote the development of any employed child. Placing children in employment deemed to be hazardous (in accordance with ILO definitions) shall not be tolerated.–Health and safety•A safe, clean and hygienic environment should be provided, taking into account the specific hazards of the industry. Adequate steps should be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health at work. Workers should receive regular and recorded health and safety training.•All workers should have access to clean toilet facilities and drinking water.•A senior manager should be appointed as the Health and Safety representative for the company.•Written policies and practices must be in place and made available to minimise on-the-job employee accidents and injuries". 

So essentially it shouldn’t have slave labour, hopefully and they also said they do check and their whole ethos does seem to speak about responsible investing so hopefully they are telling the truth. But they loose points for lack of transparency on Inecto’s website and nothing on gender equality either but safety and slavery wise it does seem okay.

Sources:

https://www.karium.com/assets/files/modern-slavery-statement-fy-19-20.docx.pdf

https://help.yuka.io/l/en/article/2t20ixn5y5

https://www.inecto.com/en_gb/product/super-nourishing-coconut-shampoo/