Heritage Inspired by Nature
Now we understand how production and consumption damages our planet, sustainability and our ecological footprint have been firmly pushed into the forefront of our thinking. For 137 years we have been creating luxury personal care for generations of Bronnley customers. Now it is time to think about the generations to come. We must help drive positive change and it starts with ourselves.
Our sustainability journey has started and by our 140th birthday we want Bronnley to be leading the way in sustainable luxury personal care.
~These are some of the steps we have already taken~
Removing plastics & focus on bar soap
We have consciously moved away from liquid soaps in plastic bottles to focus on our core more environmentally responsible hand-crafted bar soaps. Allowing us to hugely reduce our packaging, move to plastic free and replace with more sustainable materials such as recycled cardboard.
Closing the loop on packaging
Nature House Primary packaging – Made from 100% recycled material that is fully and easily recyclable at home. The rest of the range comes in fully recylable plastic free packaging. Watch this space for further developments.
Our new Secondary (ecommerce) packaging = Made from 70% recycled material that is fully and easily recyclable.
Now using Loose fill - Fully recycled and recyclable paper instead of plastic keeping your products safe in transit.
Ethical sourcing- Sustainable Palm oil in bar soap
As an industry we have come a long way from using animal tallow as a soap base. Now most soap base producers use plant oils instead, with palm oil making up the vast majority due to its high yield, low price and compatibility with other natural ingredients and fragrance in soap making.
We know palm oil plantations have devastated rich biodiverse ecosystems in delicate areas of the world. However, a sudden boycott of palm oil in totality would hinder rather than help the long-term sustainability of those areas and the millions of people the industry supports.
Holding the industry to a higher ethical and environmental standard by independent analysis is critical for sustainable development and to end further deforestation.
Traceable Palm Oil
Using only segregated RSPO certified palm oil gives us traceable and Fairtrade ingredient for our bases. It also ensures us that the palm oil we use is not leading to further deforestation of important biodiverse forest or peat land.
Palm Oil free options
Our choice of soap base for our Palm oil free bars is mainly made from European grown rapeseed and sunflower seed oils with small amounts of coconut oil. We know plant oil from far afield is not the long-term base for our soaps. As we carry on our sustainability journey, we are looking for innovation that allows locally grown sustainable plant oils as workable soap bases.
As long holders of the esteemed Royal Warrant and Luxury soap & fine fragrance supplier to Royal Households across the estate, we know we have a reputation to uphold. Sustainable development is now an important part of that honour, and we intend to further excel in this field to establish ourselves as the lighthouse for sustainability within this membership.
Next steps on our sustainable development
Further packaging development
We are in the process of renovating the packaging for the entire range.
All bar soaps will take inspiration from our new Nature House range that is packaged in 100% recycled kraft card and fully and importantly, easily recycled.
Whilst our secondary packaging will be made from 100% recycled material.
Sustainable product innovation
We are working hard to make significant improvements to all of our products sustinability credentials. All new products will be designed with sustainabiltiy at the core.
That goes for supply chain sourcing transparency as well as no greenwashing. We have a way to go in our sustainable development but one thing we can act on now is our transparency.
As we grow and develop our tools of measuring our carbon and wider ecological footprint. We will share our findings and report on the changes we are making to improve our organisation and our systems. Watch this space.