big blue cosmetica

sustainability


Z E R O    W A S T E    P A C K A G I N G

All product packaging is 100% recyclable, reusable, and...REFILLABLE - for a discount!

I will gladly receive clean containers in good condition, sterilise and refill them for a packaging discount of $2 per empty container, which you can use on your next shop. It is a significant discount, to reflect my significant thanks to you for caring enough about reducing waste!

If you are not able or willing to refill, please find a way to reuse or recycle your empties.

Please consider returning your empties - it makes my business much more environmentally sustainable and reduces our collective demand for more plastics/packaging/'stuff' to be created.

Easiest way to return empties is to find me at a market or drop them off at a local stockist. Check out my markets / stockists page to see if I'm coming to a market near you or if there's a stockist that accepts my empties. Otherwise, you can send them back in the post.

Here's how:

1. Empty your containers.

2. Get in touch via the 'Contact' page on this website, Facebook or Instagram and let me know which empties you're planning to send me.

3. You'll receive return shipping details - you will have to pay to send me the empties back but I will cover postage on your next shop when you redeem the discount. If I'm coming to a market near you or you live near one of my stockists who accepts empties that is definitely the simpler route.

4. Once I receive the empty containers I'll send you a code to redeem your discount, online or in person (simply show me your code when you catch me at one of my markets). You will only be able to use this code once but it will have no expiry date. Easy peasy.


S U S T A I N A B L Y    S O U R C E D    I N G R E D I E N T S

All ingredients are locally sourced where possible.

All products are completely vegan as stated, otherwise they contain beeswax. This is the only non-vegan ingredient I use, as it is still the most natural and sustainable alternative I can find to synthetic/semi-synthetic or non-native (imported) gums and emulsifying waxes. Candelilla wax is a great vegan alternative for example which I do use in some products, but it has to travel all the way from the U.S - which is not very sustainable when you consider all the fuel involved in transporting it to Melbourne, Australia.

Hence I favour using local beeswax for most balm products, and am proud to have found a passionate local beekeeper who I trust based in the beautiful Otways in Victoria.

My formulas have been developed to include more Australian ingredients and rely less on non-native ingredients that have travelled further, to reduce to overall carbon footprint of each product and celebrate to wonderful native botanicals unique to this land.

There are however many ingredients that are absolutely necessary, but not produced in Australia. I work hard to source high quality ingredients that I can ensure are made by people with the same level of respect as I hold for our environment.

This means that all ingredients are strictly cruelty-free. No animal testing, no palm oil derivatives that jeopardise orangutan habitat.

I look for ingredients that are Fair Trade and certified organic where available. I'm obsessed with the details, because I know greenwashing is rife. Below are some of my awesome suppliers, I'm proud to use their products, and am honoured to introduce to you:

KAIZI'S COCONUT OIL
The most beautiful smelling raw, organic, unrefined coconut oil produced from wild growing trees in far north Queensland, made by an Indigenous Torres Strait Islander small family business initiative. Arguably the most truly sustainably sourced coconut oil on the planet. Home grown pure gold.
kaiziscoconutoil.com

WARNDU
This indigenous owned and run business supplies all kinds of bush foods, each wild-harvested by Aboriginal communities around Australia. They are dedicated to education as much as they are to supporting blak businesses and their website features plenty of information on where exactly each product comes from and what it has traditionally been used for. It's where my gabiny/gubinge (Kakadu plum) and urti (quandong) come from, which I infuse in sunflower oil from Wiradjuri Country, north-western Victoria.
warndu.com

NAMBUCCA MACNUTS
make my organic extra virgin macadamia oil in NSW and are as passionate about this local wonder-nut as I am. Read more about why macadamias and their oil are so great, as well as how they're harvested and processed here:
macnuts.com.au

NUGGETTY CREEK OLIVES
my local organic extra virgin olive oil supplier, based out of Laanecoorie, central Victoria. They're an award-winning small family business who are true experts of their craft. Check out their work here:
nuggettycreekolives.com.au

EARTHYARD
Passionate team of people who supply many of my carrier and essential oils and are as dedicated as I am to supporting Australian producers. They work closely with farmers to develop strong working relationships and have full transparency about where exactly their products come from, always naming the traditional land owners of the source, and(!) even take back their empty bottles for reuse!
earthyard.com.au

THE SOURCE BULK FOODS
I am a little bit obsessed with this place. It's where I get my Australian organic sugar, oats, tapioca, soya lecithin, Fair Trade organic Peruvian cocoa butter and raw cacao. I also get my plastic-free work snacks (/chocolate fixes) here.
thesourcebulkfoods.com.au

MOUNT ZERO OLIVES
where I go to refill my bucket of locally made pink salt from the salt flats near Dimboola, Victoria. Not only do they produce beautiful olive oil, they work closely with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council representing the Wimmera people, traditional owners of this part of Victoria, to sustainably harvest the Pink Lake salt by hand / shovel (no machinery) - the same salt I use in my scrubs and Beach Babe Texture Spray (and my cooking!). You can read more about the harvest here.
mountzeroolives.com

BUY ECO GREEN
Who sell my Kraft paper packing tape (made with non-toxic, home compost safe adhesive) as well as EVERYTHING office  supplies - but eco! Everything from solar chargers for your mobile to recycled paper notebooks, recycled plastic scissors to seeded card stock for special invitations. If you need anything for your school or office, this is a great business who work hard to source the most sustainable options for all things stationary.
buyecogreen.com.au

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