We work sustainably for both people and planet 

Our strong principals and values are part of our success. As a skincare pioneer in the 90s, Maria Åkerberg paved the way for organic skincare in a world that still had not realised the importance of working sustainably for both people and planet. Today, we are happy to see so many follow in our footsteps.

Taking responsibility for the environment is more important now than ever. At MARIA ÅKERBERG, we base our whole offer on the beneficial properties of nature; caring for the environment is ingrained in our everyday life, today and in the future. 

Only natural ingredients

The contents of your skin and hair care products not only affect you as an individual. For example, mineral oils dehydrate the skin, and they also lack biodegradability. Therefore, products from MARIA ÅKERBERG only contain renewable, plant-based oils, cold pressed and essential. This contributes to a more sustainable use of natural resources.

Our ingredients are organic and many of them are certified. Most come from the plant kingdom, but many important ingredients are minerals, taken from the ground, such as Kaolin and Silica. 

Our products never contain synthetic ingredients, such as emulsifiers, preservatives or mineral oils. Such substances often decompose very slowly in nature, and they lack fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. We also avoid animal-based ingredients, with Beeswax and Honey as the only exceptions. Read more about our ingredients.

Waste sorting and recycling

Primarily, our waste goes to material recycling, to be transformed into new things. Whatever can not be recycled is used to produce energy, a good alternative which turns our waste into electricity and heat. 

We are affiliated with the organisations that ensure proper recycling of glass, packaging and newspapers in Sweden. This way we fulfil 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. This system makes it possible for final consumers to leave their empty packaging at recycling sites. All our packaging can be recycled. 

Some oils require glass containers, since the essential oils are too strong to be stored in plastic. It is more energy-demanding to make glass than to produce plastic. Therefore, from an environmental perspective, it is important to recycle as much glass as possible. 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.

Throw your empty bottles in the recycling bin! Glass can be recycled an unlimited number of times without degenerating its quality.

Environmentally friendly and recycled paper 

All our printed materials are made of environmentally friendly paper. The cardboard that we purchase is made of locally produced wood fibre from forests in Sweden. Our corrugated cardboard consists of recycled material, and it is dyed with White Clay.

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. Recycling benefits everyone.

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Bioplastic packaging

Our plastic bottles and tubes consist of bioplastic made of sugarcane, which binds four times as much carbon dioxide as traditional plastic. We take environmentally hazardous emissions seriously. To minimise our own carbon footprint, Mikael Åkerberg has taken the initiative to develop new, non-toxic packaging made of bioplastic, which does not put any strain on the environment. 

While conventional plastic is made of crude oil, bioplastic is made of sugarcane, which needs carbon dioxide to grow. Burning our packaging only generates water and carbon dioxide, substances that are consumed by sugarcane. Since the actual process of producing bioplastic also consumes carbon dioxide, the total process is not only carbon neutral; it even uses more carbon dioxide than it generates.

All our packaging can and must be recycled or burned. It must not 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.

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.

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As locally produced as possible

We always strive to find suppliers nearby, to reduce our carbon footprint. For instance, our bioplastic bottles made of sugarcane are produced in Ullared, only 50 kilometres from our facility in Frillesås. Our bottle holders are also produced in our county, not far from us. Our cardboard of wood fibre from Swedish forests is locally produced as well.

Sustainable actions, big and small

Our dedication to sustainability is 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. 

When purchasing, we take potential suppliers' CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) into consideration. This means that our suppliers must respect human rights, labour rights and certain environmental standards, wherever they are in the world. 

MARIA ÅKERBERG happily contributes to a more sustainable world. Do you have questions or ideas about how we might be able to do even more? Send an e-mail to info@dermanord.se!