Environmentally Conscious Cosmetics
Jan 24, 2014 12:02AM
In its first three decades, Neal’s Yard Remedies made history in the United Kingdom as the first carbon-neutral retailer and the first certified organic health and beauty company that followed the standards set by the British Soil Association. It was one of the first companies to use fair trade practices for their skin care and cosmetic ingredients. Sold in elegant stores in the UK and Europe, Neal’s Yard Remedies products are now available in the United States under the NYR Organic branding.
The commitment to organics and natural ingredients prioritizes the health of people, organisms and the planet. In that spirit, Neal’s Yard Remedies has been involved for years in promoting the health of bees in Europe and the United States. Among several awards it won in 2013 was the Ethical Corporation’s Best Consumer Engagement Campaign award for bringing attention to the impact of pesticides on bee populations.
In 2013, the European Commission restricted use of neonicotinoid pesticides because of their impact on bee populations. The U.S. has yet to take a similarly strong stand. Estimates indicate that the U.S. may have lost 4.5 million bee colonies in less than a decade, or as many as half of the honey bees upon which we rely for fertilization of fruits, vegetable, nuts and other flowering plants. To sign the NYR Organic U.S. Petition supporting bees, visit ThePetitionSite. com/takeaction/673/611/950.