At Irene Forte Skincare, we believe beauty is more than skin deep. Our company’s existence is part of a much wider system of people, nature and other organisations, and we’re committed to ensuring that our processes and products are truly sustainable and ethical at every stage of their lifecycle.
Where possible, our ingredients come either from our Organic Farm in Verdura, or other reputable farmers in the Trentino region of Italy and other areas of Sicily. We aim to be as seasonal as possible and always work to support the local community.
Our products are healthy, clean and considered. We avoid the use of palm oil, mineral oil and plastic microbeads in our skincare, all of which can have a harmful effect on our environment.
In line with our commitment to the environment and sustainable, skin-friendly formulations, we only use what is necessary and select naturally derived alternatives to petrochemicals, synthetic colours, harsh surfactants, preservatives and fragrances.
Handpicked, Organic Farming Methods
Alongside our commitment not to use unsustainable ingredients like palm and mineral oils, we work to use ingredients that are grown locally and not over farmed or encouraged with harmful pesticides.
The properties of plants and fruits are incredible; we strive to nurture and protect nature’s growth rather than destroy it.
As we grow, we will be able to plant more and source nearly all our ingredients from our farm, nurturing and protecting the natural environment and further supporting the local community.
By staying true to our Italian roots and keeping 90% of production in Italy and 100% in Europe (some of our packaging is produced in the UK), we are reducing our brand’s carbon footprint.
However, for future production we are working towards a solution that will enable us to have one location for the entire production process, to use post-consumer recycled plastic where we need plastic, as well as to introduce more eco-friendly bottle decorating techniques.
Recycling and Greener Packaging
The cosmetic industry is the biggest utiliser of single-use plastic. Zero Waste reported that more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry, most of which are not recyclable.
At Irene Forte Skincare, we are doing what we can to minimise our contribution to the crisis. However, as a small brand, finding sustainable alternatives for packaging can be complex. 90% of our products are housed in glass packaging. We use plastic for 10% of our products that cannot be housed in glass. Bioplastic and post-consumer recycled plastics are a more costly option and the minimum quantities are still incredibly high. For our first production run, these quantities were not a realistic option, however, by January 2020 our plastics will be post-consumer recycled, including lids, over caps, and spatulas.
We do not use plastic wrapping on our retail boxes, we do not add additional paper inserts, and our boxes are made from 100% recycled fibres, with vegetable and soya-based inks.
In our spas, most of which are in Italy, the professional products cannot be packaged in glass by law so we use plastic. To offset this we have developed a recycling programme. At the end of the quarter, we collect finished plastic professional bottles and jars from our spas, so that they can be re-used by our lab. Our spas get £1/ €1 back for every bottle or jar that they return to us.
At Irene Forte Skincare, we take animal welfare seriously. We do not use any animal-derived ingredients in our products. All of our ingredients are vegan-sourced, and we are looking into the Vegan OK accreditation.
Promoting Sicily’s Artisans and Contributing to the Community
Sicilian ceramics beautifully display Irene Forte Skincare in all our luxury spas. We use ceramic trays, inhalation bowls, foot bowls, tiles to display product, and tile backdrops.
Our ceramics are created by Toni Gurreri in Sciacca, a southwestern coast town in Sicily which is 15-minutes from our organic farm.
We are exploring how we can further support the local community, with a volunteer garden/planting programme on the farm and educational programmes for local children. In the future we hope to have a replanting programme, with a tree planted for every product sold.
We have been awarded the prestigious Eco-Age Brandmark. The Brandmark is awarded to companies in recognition of sustainable excellence, following their stringent Principles for Sustainable Excellence.
Positive Luxury Accreditation
We have been accredited by Positive Luxury, for their highly regarded butterfly mark. The Butterfly Mark identifies luxury brands that meet the highest standards of verified innovation and social and environmental performance – offering transparency at the point of sale and equipping people to make more informed purchasing decisions.