CREATING A HEALTHIER, GREENER, MORE EMPOWERED WORLD
We're carving out a more caring future for our planet, one accreditation at a time. You may be forgiven, however, for feeling a little overwhelmed by what they all really mean, as some may be confusing to distinguish from one another. So, this page is here to help you get to grips with the Tropic trophy cabinet and enable you to understand each element of our ethical accreditations, as we endeavour to be a brand with a small footprint, but a big heart.
Protect Land + Sea
What Does Protect Land + Sea Certification Certify?
If a product wears the Protect Land + Sea Certification seal, consumers and businesses can rest assured that a product does not contain ingredients that may be harmful environmental pollutants. Tropic is the first beauty brand in the UK and Europe to receive this certification.
What Is HEL?
HEL is a non-profit, scientific organization whose mission is to conserve wildlife and ecosystems. For over 10 years, they have conducted rigorous scientific and environmental investigations.
The HEL LIST is a list of chemicals that are known pollutants in many different environments (freshwater streams, river, beaches, and ocean systems) or wildlife (e.g. corals, fish, birds, marine mammals, sea turtles). All of them pose a threat to Ecosystem Health.
What Chemicals Are On The HEL List?
Any form of microplastic sphere or beads.
Any nanoparticles like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
How Does The Protect Land + Sea Certification Help Our Environment?
It informs the general public about marine pollution, especially from seemingly innocuous sources like personal-care products, like sunscreen and lotion, property maintenance products (washing your car or keeping your boat foulant-free), clothing, and plastic packaging.
Provides consumers and businesses with a means of identifying ecologically safer products that do not contribute to aquatic and marine pollution.
Encourages industry to develop safer-formulated products that reduce their contribution to pollution.
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Cruelty Free & Vegan
What Does Cruelty Free & Vegan Logo Show?
The company and their ingredient suppliers do not conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products and do not contain any animal ingredients.
Who Certifies Brands As Cruelty Free & Vegan?
Are Cruelty Free And Vegan The Same Thing?
It's common to find animal derived components like lanolin (wool wax) or shellac (a resin from the female lac bug) in toiletries and makeup, but vegan products will exclude all of these. A product which is cruelty-free means that neither the product nor the ingredients or components have been tested on animals.
What Is The CarbonNeutral Badge?
The CarbonNeutral Protocol gives businesses a rigorous and transparent framework to deliver carbon neutrality for their business, products and/or activities.
What Does It Mean To Be Certified CarbonNeutral?
Carbon neutrality is achieved by calculating a carbon footprint and reducing it to zero through a combination of efficiency measures in-house and supporting external emission reduction projects.
What Is A Carbon Neutral Company?
Carbon Neutral – or Net Zero Carbon – is a term used to describe the state of an entity (such as a company, service, product or event), where the carbon emissions caused by them have been balanced out by funding an equivalent amount of carbon savings elsewhere in the world.
What Steps Do Tropic Take To Be Carbon Neutral?
At Tropic we actually double offset our carbon, meaning that through international environmental initiatives, we offset twice as much carbon as we emit.
Since becoming CarbonNeutral®, we've offset the equivalent of over 4,000 football pitches worth of forest growing for an entire year. We’ve also delivered over £2.1 million worth of value in total so far to households, infrastructure and biodiversity through CarbonNeutral® schemes.
United World Schools
What Is United World Schools (UWS)?
United World Schools (UWS) works in some of the world's poorest and most remote regions to give every child access to free education. They partner with local communities and supporters around the world to endeavour to teach the unreached.
What Does United World Schools Do?
In remote regions of Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal, UWS make it their mission to:
Improve hygiene and health
Why Did We Choose United World Schools?
At Tropic, we believe that every child has the right to an education, the right to engineer a brighter future for themselves. For UWS students, learning to count, read and write in their national language opens the door to a whole world of opportunity. Many of them move on to secondary education, or enter vocations that were previously out of reach.
Schooling can also reduce a child's vulnerability to trafficking, exploitation and forced labour. For girls, education means empowerment, and even reduced rates of child marriage and early motherhood. We are passionate about girls' education and the long-term impact it can have on communities, and we are proud to partner with UWS who share in this passion.
“School means so much more to children than simply learning a syllabus. School provides a shelter, a safe space, an environment of encouragement and warmth and, for some children, even sanitation, food and a family. I’m grateful every single day that Tropic gets to be a part of that.” — Susie Ma, Tropic Founder and CEO
What Work Has Tropic Done With United Worlds?
Tropic’s first fully-funded school was opened in February 2019, in the village of Ta Lart Thmey, Cambodia. At time of building, this village had a population of 350 and a literacy rate that’s close to 0%. However, thanks to Tropic customers and Ambassadors, children in this village now have access to life-changing primary education.
Tropic has also donated over 2.5 million school days to UWS so far – that's education for over 12,500 children!
Not only have those 2.5 million school days changed the lives of the children being taught, but the ripple effects on surrounding communities will be lapping against their shores for years to come.
Since Ta Lart Thmey’s first school was opened by Tropic, all 350 people in this remote village have reaped the rewards. The school has three classrooms and a library, as well as safe and secure water and sanitation for the whole village to benefit from.
For more information on our UWS partnership click here.
Cruelty Free International
What Is Leaping Bunny Certification?
It signifies that the company and their ingredient suppliers do not conduct or commission animal testing with their products.
Who verifies that a company is eligible for this logo?
Cruelty Free International
What Is Animal Testing?
An animal test is any scientific experiment or test in which a live animal is forced to undergo something that is likely to cause them pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm.
Animal experiments are not the same as taking your companion animal to the vet. Animals used in laboratories are deliberately harmed, not for their own good, and are usually killed at the end of the experiment.
What Do Cruelty Free International Do?
Cruelty Free International works to end animal experiments worldwide. They do this by investigating and exposing the reality of life for animals in laboratories. They challenge decision-makers to make a positive difference for animals and they champion better science and cruelty-free living.
What Does The Vegan Logo Show?
This product and its ingredients do not contain any animal product, by-product or derivative and must not involve testing of any sort on animals by the manufacturers or on their behalf, or by any third parties.
Who verifies that a company is eligible for this logo?
The Vegan Society
Why Are Vegan Products Good For The Planet?
Choosing plant-based skincare products is kinder to animals as they don’t use animal by-products, and are usually produced without animal testing. However, keep in mind that being vegan-friendly does not guarantee that all vegan products have not been tested on animals.
To be certain, go for products that are both vegan and cruelty-free. If you’re trying to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle, choosing vegan products may also have an impact on the environment. According to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, animal products are a key cause of environmental problems including climate change, water depletion and soil erosion.
Is Tropic Skincare 100% Vegan?
Yes, and 100% cruelty free – we always have been and always will be.
What Is Ethical Company Certification?
The UK’s only cross-spectrum (people, animals and environment) ethical accreditation, which exists to reward ethical companies’ behaviour.
How Does A Company Get Certified An Ethical Company?
The Ethical Company, Ethical Brand and Ethical Product Awards are a guarantee of a company, brand or product's good ethical standards. A company displaying either of these logos has been through an in-depth research audit in order to attain Ethical Accreditation, which enables them to use the logos as independent verification of their good ethical standing. Only the highest ethically ranked 33% of any particular product sector are eligible for ethical accreditation.
As part of the research audit, companies are thoroughly screened by The Ethical Company Organisation’s dedicated team of researchers across a wide range of ethical criteria, which fall into the main categories of The Environment; Animal Welfare and Human Rights.
What Are The Ethical Company Searching Business Records For?
Environment: environmental reporting; pollution; nuclear power; other environmental issues.
Animals: animal testing; factory farming; other animal rights.
People: oppressive regimes; worker’s rights; irresponsible marketing; armaments.
Extras: genetic engineering; boycott call; political activity; alerts.
We want to make sure that this logo low-down answers all of your questions when it comes to our certifications, so we're working on it for a little while, but watch this space!