Discover our new innovative refill system
The power of nature is unique. At Susanne Kaufmann, nature is the cornerstone of our award-winning skincare range, pairing the beneficial properties of Alpine flora with proven skin science. In order to fulfil our promise to offer highly effective natural cosmetic products, we follow four ethical principles: quality, effectiveness, transparency and sustainability.
Having grown up surrounded by the nature in the Bregenzerwald in Austria, sustainability is more than just a fashionable word to Founder Susanne Kaufmann. From the careful selection of only the finest plant and botanical ingredients to the implementation of the most eco-friendly production technologies and processes (with local partner Ingo Metzler), sustainability has been at the core of the brand for almost two decades and is imperative to everything Susanne creates and pursues.
Leaving a lighter footprint on the planet
The world’s ecosystem’s are under increased pressure. It is therefore our mission to constantly expand our efforts and minimise our footprint on the earth. As part of our ongoing promise and journey to reduce the amount of packaging required to deliver our powerful products to you, and to cut CO2 emissions further, we are launching a unique innovative refill system that extends the shelf-life of our iconic glass bottles. It will initially be available for three best-selling products – our Cleansing Gel 250 ml, Shower/Shampoo 250 ml, and Hand Soap 250 ml, winner of ‘Best Hand Wash’ at Wardrobe Icons 2021 Beauty Awards.
For many years, the refill project has been particularly close to founder Susanne’s heart:
"This project has been a labour of love. We know our customers love our recyclable glass bottles, and so we are excited to offer a refill solution that empowers them to reuse their existing bottles, reduce their carbon footprint and help us in the fight to protect our planet."
Meet our refill pioneers
Formulated with natural renewable sugar surfactants, our three refill pioneers offer a particularly gentle cleanse. Unlike synthetic agents, these non-irritant cleansing agents do not harm the skin’s natural protective layer and are suitable for sensitive skin. Effective, natural, and sustainable.
According to Wardrobe Icon’s Beauty Award panel 2021, "(…) this one is a winner: it is mild and natural, formulated with wheatgerm oil, aloe vera and plant extracts, as well as sugar surfactants, so hands are gently cleansed – and never feel overly dry".
Suitable for all skin types, this cleansing favourite is particularly beneficial for oily and combination skin. Formulated with a potent herbal compound made of cockspur hawthorn and masterwort, the gel has a soothing, clarifying and antibacterial effect on blemished skin.
Meet our 3-in-1 nourishing multitasker for hair and body. Enriched with silk protein, aloe vera and yarrow, it provides intense care and hydration whilst soothing scalp and skin. A perfect product for the entire family.
What difference our new refills make
In keeping with her philosophy of keeping it local, Founder Susanne Kaufmann chose Austrian family-owned company ALPLA to develop her first-ever refill packaging. Renowned far beyond the Alps, ALPLA is an award-winning global leader in the development and manufacture of plastic packaging solutions. With the extensive knowledge of our partner, we were able to produce refills that are exceptionally light. Being made of 75% recycled, post-consumer material (rHDPE), they are up to 60% lighter than standard HDPE bottles.
A Life Cycle Assessment, conducted by ALPLA, confirms that:
- By purchasing a refill, carbon emissions are cut by 69% as compared to buying another glass bottle.
- Refilling your original glass bottle four times with a Susanne Kaufmann refill, as recommended, has 50% less overall environmental impact: greenhouse gas emissions* are reduced by 55%, water use is reduced by 37.5%, the environmental impact of land use is cut by around 50%, and contribution to smog by around 56%.
*The results are based on a customer purchasing in Hamburg, Germany. For countries further afield, the results are impacted by transportation emissions (airplanes etc).
Just the beginning
Whilst our cleansing bestsellers are the first to be available as refills, they will not be the last. For the second half of 2021, we are planning to offer our unique sustainable refills for more products. Be amongst the first to learn about our next launches and sign up here if you are not already on our mailing list.
We would love for you to join us on our mission to help preserve our beautiful planet, cut down waste and make conscious and better-informed decisions day by day. Read more about sustainable routines and discover our tips for a zero waste bathroom.