Being near and natural is the only way forward to a sustainable world
Vi vill göra skillnad med hudvårdsprodukter som varken skadar vår kropp eller planeten vi bor på. I vår egen fabrik i Frillesås jobbar vi för en bättre värld, en giftfri produkt i taget. Våra naturliga mineraler och ekologiska ingredienser kommer direkt från odlarna och vi köper gärna från de som finns runt knuten. Vår lokala anknytning och de värderingar som har vuxit fram här är idag en stor del av vår styrka och framgång. Att värna om planeten vi bor på har varit en självklar del av vår arbetsdag sedan dag ett, långt innan hållbarhet blev ett modeord.
No room for the unnecessary
We are exposed to more than 500 chemicals and toxic substanses every day and our body absorbs 60% of what we put on it. Knowing how the content of skincare products affect both our bodies and our planet is the foundation for our company. Our mission is to spread knowledge that will make consumers more critically aware. That is why we always provide information about all the ingredients in our products. It has been the only way forward for us since we first started out in 1995, long before complete declarations of content became statutory. And that has actually made us pioneers in natural skincare.
Only ingredients from our nature
We believe in natural minerals and pure, organic ingredients from the plant kingdom that give the skin all the nourishments it needs to stay healthy and beautiful. Synthetic ingredients dry out the skin, lack fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. They decompose very slowly in nature and are stored in our bodies as well as the animals’. Hence, our products contain no chemical emulsifiers, preservatives or emollients. We let renewable, plant-based oils, cold pressed and essential, do the work while contributing to a more sustainable use of natural resources.
We don’t believe in synthetic fragrances and only use aromatic essential oils distilled from nature. We don’t use any artifical colouring either. Our products get their colour naturally from the ingredients. We care for the animals and use no animal-based ingredients. We do believe that bees are part of a healthy eco system and that is why we use Beeswax and Honey in some of our products.
We use water that is much purer than regular drinking water. It is called Aqua Purificata and it comes from nearby lake Lygnern. It is one of the purest waters in Sweden, filtered through the 13 000-year-old end moraine Fjärås Bräcka.
We want the stuff we dispose of to be transformed into new things
Primarily, our waste goes to material recycling. Whatever can not be recycled is used to produce energy, a good alternative to turn our waste into electricity and heat.
All empty containers from MARIA ÅKERBERG can be recycled!
All our packaging can and must be recycled or burned. Nothing should be discarded in nature. We have chosen not to include biodegradation additives in our plastic. If only one plastic bag with additives end up in a batch of collected plastic, that whole batch is ruined.
We are affiliated with the organisations that ensure proper recycling of glass, packaging and newspapers in Sweden. This way we fulfill our responsibility as a manufacturer, by contributing not only to collection and recycling, but also to administration, such as information and reports to customers and authorities.
Throw your empty bottles in the recycling bin too!
Glass can be recycled an unlimited number of times without degenerating its quality. Some of our oils require glass containers, since essential oils are too strong to be stored in plastic. It is more energy-demanding to make glass than to produce plastic. Glass recycling saves both material and energy. Melting recycled glass is 20% less energy-demanding than making new glass, using sand, sodium carbonate and calcium carbonate. It also generates smaller carbon dioxide emissions.
Business subjected to permit or notification duty according to the Environmental Code
MARIA ÅKERBERG AB is a business with notification duty according to the Environmental Code. The regulatory agency is the municipality of Kungsbacka. MARIA ÅKERBERG AB takes full manufacturing responsibility for container recycling by being affiliated with the FTI, Förpacknings & Tidningsinsamlingen, in Sweden as well as with Swedish Glass Recycling.
All our printed materials are made of environmentally friendly paper
Recycling benefits everyone. The cardboard that we purchase is made of locally produced wood fibre from forests in Sweden and our corrugated cardboard consists of recycled material. Recyclable paper is an attractive primary product and an important complement to fresh wood fibre. Paper fibres can be recycled 5–7 times before they become useless.
Our packages are as natural as our content!
Vi tar faran med miljöskadliga utsläpp på allvar. För att minimera våra koldioxidutsläpp har vi utvecklat helt nya, giftfria plastflaskor och tuber som består av 100% växtbaserat material tillverkat av sockerrör. Vår bioplast är helt biologiskt baserad och binder fyra gånger mer koldioxid än traditionell plast. När våra förpackningar förbränns frigörs vatten och koldioxid, som alltså sedan tas upp av sockerrören. Eftersom själva tillverkningsprocessen av bioplasten också förbrukar koldioxid, blir den totala processen inte bara koldioxidneutral; den rentav förbrukar mer koldioxid än den genererar. Förpackningarna tillverkas 5 mil från MÅ-fabriken och dess färg kommer från vit lera. De kan sopsorteras med vanlig plast på återvinningen!
We work with minimised energy consumption
Our facilities are heated by long-distance heating, fueled with renewable materials. We reuse computers as firewalls and test servers. We use low-energy and virtual servers to optimise processing time and reduce electricity consumption. Low-energy hardware alternatives are used as much as possible. All computers and screens are shut off at the end of the workday, to minimise energy consumption.
We stay as close as possible
We always strive to find suppliers nearby in order to reduce our carbon footprint. For instance, our bioplastic bottles are produced in Ullared, only 50 kilometres from our Frillesås factory. Our bottle holders are produced in Holland, our northern European neighbour. Our cardboard of wood fibre comes from Swedish forests.
Our coffee is just as sustainable as our banker
We believe in being respectful in both the small and large perspective in order to make a difference in this world. Our dedication to sustainability is deeply ingrained in all parts of our company, manifesting itself in conscious purchasing, transportation and energy consumption. Our packing tape is free from harmful solvents, we have our own compost and we offer organic coffee, tea and fruit to our guests and staff. We have even chosen a bank that is environmentally certified.
We take our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) very seriously and believe that all companies need to respect human rights, labour rights and uphold environmental standards, regardless their way of working or wherever they are in the world.
Do you have questions or ideas about how we might be able to do even more? Send us an e-mail to email@example.com!