Alain answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Green Beaver and the ingredients we use.
Are your ingredients cruelty-free?
We have been cruelty-free since day one. We’ve never used ingredients that were tested on animals and never did any testing ourselves. Our products are certified EcoCert and this third-party reviews and approves all our ingredients. One of their criteria is that the ingredients must not be tested on animals.
We’ve also chosen to make all our products without chemicals that can be harmful to animals and wildlife. Many harmful chemicals in conventional products such as antibacterial triclosan, artificial fragrances and plastic microbeads unfortunately end up in our rivers, lakes and oceans. Many of these do not biodegrade very easily and can hurt our environment for years.
Recently we started to work with ‘The Fur-Bearer Defenders’ on a program to help beavers remain in their habitat all while living in harmony with humans (see www.thefurbearers.com).
Are your products gluten-free?
Yes, all of products are gluten-free. None of our ingredients contain gluten. This is especially important with products that can be ingested such as our toothpastes and lip balms. People who are gluten intolerant and those with Celiac disease have also asked us for gluten-free topical products such as our creams, lotions and shampoos. I am conscious of the burden people with Celiac disease live with every day. My grandfather was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Ironically, he worked for a bakery all his working life.
“We have been cruelty-free since day one.”
What is the nature of the glycerin your use?
Glycerin in our products is used as a humectant. For example, we used it in our toothpaste to make it smooth and less pasty. Natural glycerin is derived from plant oils and animal fat when making soap. We use only vegan, non-GMO glycerin derived from coconut oil and/or sunflower oil. Glycerin can also be synthetized from petrol.
Do you use any sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) when making your products?
SLS is a surfactant (soap) and foaming agent found in many conventional products such as toothpastes, shampoos, bubble bath, body washes and dish soaps. We do not any SLS in our products because many have been ethoxylated during the synthetizing process. As a result, it can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which is a recognized carcinogen. SLS is also known to be a skin, eye and respiratory tract irritant.
Is your sorbitol and xylitol corn based?
Both sorbitol and xylitol are natural sweetening agents. They are natural carbohydrates also known as "polyols” and “sugar alcohols”. Albeit, the names do sound like artificial sweeteners!
They occur naturally in small amounts in fruits and vegetables, including berries, apples, and plums, but for large-scale commercial use they are manufactured from beet or cane sugars. They are used in natural toothpastes because they give a little bit of sweetness and more importantly because studies have indicated that xylitol may help to prevent tooth decay.
“All of products are gluten-free. None of our ingredients contain gluten.”