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There has never been a greater push for sustainable products and technologies than there is today. As we all know, we have reached a critical point in terms of environmental and ethical sustainability. That’s why many innovators and businesses are stepping up to the plate to build a better future. Their common goal is to help the planet through sustainable initiatives.

So, let’s discover some of the initiatives that inspired us.

1. Davines

Founded in Parma (Italy) in 1983 by the Bollati Family, Davines Group started as a research laboratory, producing high-end hair care products for renowned cosmetic companies worldwide. From its family-business origin to worldwide presence, the president and owner Davide Bollati has always focused his business on the idea of “beauty sustainability”. He has always encouraged people to take care of themselves and the environment in which they live and work.

Davines products are sustainable and ethical in both materials and production line. The company was in fact involved in several sustainable initiatives. Since 2006, they have undertaken a path of mitigation and compensation of their own CO2 emissions and in 2007 the company’s production site and Parma offices became “carbon neutral”. Furthermore, they joined the 1% for the planet project, giving one per cent of the proceeds to environmental non-profit organizations. By producing social and environmental benefits while achieving its corporate objectives, Davines has become a certified B Corp.

2. Pela

If you think about phone cases, you will think about plastic cases that will end in the bin at the end of the phone’s lifecycle (if not sooner). Despite the over 1 billion plastic phone cases sold every year, Pela has found a way to change.

Founded in 2010 by Jeremy Lang, Pela produces compostable phone cases that put together sustainability and research on materials with design and creativity. Their cases are 100% compostable, made with innovative materials reducing the manufacturing impact. Compared with the phone case industry, Pela produces 25% less carbon emissions, uses 35% less water and produces 70% less waste production.

3. Tony’s Chocolonely

Tony’s Chocolonely mission leaves no room for misunderstanding: they want to make chocolate 100% slave-free.

Right now, this phenomenon occurs on cocoa farms in West Africa. More than 2 million children working on cocoa farms in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire often work in illegal and (often) very dangerous conditions. What may be surprising is that Tony’s Chocolonely mission does not stop at their own production. In fact, they want to make all chocolate 100% slave free.

4. Cannalogica

Cannalogica is a company that approached the world of skincare trying to find alternative materials that respect the environment and are ethical both in the conception and production phases.

The key ingredient is hemp, a phenotype of the Cannabis Sativa that is one of the fastest-growing plants. Moreover, it was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fibres 10,000 years ago. Cannalogica laboratories in The Netherlands study this material to create products that are sustainable and healthy for the skin. The products sold by the company are unique. In fact, they are free from artificial colours, fragrances and parabens (widely used in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products) and animal-derived ingredients. With full respect for the animals, these products are completely animal cruelty-free.

5. Lifegate

From the experience matured during the 1980s with Fattoria Scaldasole (the first organic company in Italy), Marco Roveda founded LifeGate to promote a just and sustainable world, in which circularity is the future.

LifeGate is a benefit corporation that brings together a community of over 6 million people interested or passionate about sustainability themes. LifeGate works with passion and determination to share information. More specifically, its projects and services engage an expanding network of people, businesses, NGOs and institutions with a commitment to building a sustainable future.

On the one hand, through consultancy, strategic communication and environmental projects, LifeGate helps companies to make their choices increasingly sustainable. On the other, it provides people with information and concrete tools to embrace sustainability in their daily lives.

Discover our collections that demonstrate our commitment and dedication to environmental and social causes. The success of these 5 sustainable initiatives has been inspiring for us.