We use a host of ingredients, all carefully selected for their function. When we research ingredients, we don't just check to see if it's biodegradable. We also look into the way they are manufactured, their ecological impact during manufacturing (e.g. mined products aren't ideal) and the carbon footprint created in getting the ingredients to our workspace (ideally as close to the base as possible).
A really good example of how this works is with some of our oils. We only use oils that are generally deemed to be safe around pets and children, but avoid certain others due to the footprint they can leave. A great example of how we might source something is our Orange oil. The cheapest option is to source this from Brazil, however we managed to find some that comes from Spain and is organic! That's a huge difference in the CO2 emmission!
We only use ingredients that are palm free, vegan, petrochemical free and cruelty free. And we don't use synthetic fragrances, perfumes, colours or biocides. As these are well evidenced as being very uncool for the planet.
This isn't a full list because honestly, if we told you everything, we'd have to do a 007...This is more than anything to protect our intellectual property, not to hide anything sinister! Anything that's not listed is food grade or actual food! Told you we were bonkers!
aka Coconut derived soap (surfactant). Used for lifting grime and dirt, creates bubbles.
Biodegradability: 88% in 28 days (but is 100% biodegradable).
Made from rapeseed oil, this is the future of soaps. Surfactant (soap) is made through fermentation, creating a pure, truly naturally derived surfactant, right here in the UK. Used to lift dirt, clean and create bubbles.
Biodegradability: Likely to be 100% in 28 day, but waiting confirmation.
Naturally fermented acid. Made using through microbial fermentation. It's the same stuff found naturally in citrus fruits.
BICARBONATE OF SODA
Manufactured in the UK, this stuff is amazing. The company use some carbon dioxide created through their industry to make this, but are building another plant to recycle pretty much all the carbon dioxide they create to make the bicarb! Clever eh?
Biodegradability: Technically this is isn't biodegradable, as it doesn't really dissolve, but instead is suspended. But no hazards known so, it's all good.
Otherwise known as Oxygen Bleach. Marvellous stuff, it's highly biodegradable and super-effective.
Fantastic nature antibacterial acid. Made through fermentation, using vegan sources of stock. This is the one product that does come from China, via our UK stockist. But we will keep trying super-hard to someone closer to home.
All our oils are sources from as close to home as possible and if possible organic. Actually the only oil that isn't organic (our Peppermint oil) is made in the UK but the organic alternative was from India. On careful balance, it seemed much better to get this UK made version. Plus it smells AMAZEBALLS!!