Louise Galvin Launches U.K.'s First Carbon-Neutral Beauty Company

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Louise Galvin, hair colorist to the stars and the woman behind the eponymous haircare line, can add another pip to her collar: Louise Galvin is U.K.'s first beauty company to become carbon-neutral.

Pumped full of naturally derived ingredients like essential oils, natural extracts, and vegetable-based moisturizing and conditioning agents—no sulfates, parabens, silicone, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, or polymers, thanks—Galvin's cruelty-free follicle-primping products maintain close-to-nonexistent carbon footprints through a partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company.Crafting truly natural shampoos, conditioners, and hair masques hasn't been impediment-free, Galvin reveals in a recent interview with Green My Style. "It took two to three years from start to finish," she says. "It seems very difficult for products to be stable once you take out the parabens and other chemicals—they would go off, there would be bad smells, ingredients would separate—it took a long time."

Carbon neutrality was achieved on a more truncated timeline, with nine months of assessment. "We now have no cardboard packaging to reduce paper and cost," Galvin says. "I got rid of my car and did less traveling, our bottles are manufactured in the U.K. and the formulas made on the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent. The projects we have invested in through the offsetting programme include a biomass gassifier in India and hydropower in China."

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