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Glossier

Is Glossier an ethical brand?

Glossier, a make up and skincare brand appears on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Skincare Ratings Table as a middle-ranking company. The brand receives a Good Shopping Guide ethical score of 65 in our Ethical Skincare Ratings Table and therefore does not pass our Skincare sector benchmark.

Glossier was founded in 2014 by American business woman, Emily Weiss, who had been blogging on the site Into The Gloss since 2010. Glossier became famous for its appeal to millennials and for its ‘simple’ and minimalistic product packaging design.

Is Glossier Cruelty-Free?

Glossier has been rated well for its Animal Welfare Policy (can be found in the FAQ section of the brand’s website). Glossier has attained Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny accreditation. This achievement validates Glossier’s commitment to animal rights and prevents caged animals from being experimented on for the cosmetic industry.

Is Glossier a sustainable brand?

Glossier’s Environmental Report does leave a little to be desired and could be improved. A Glossier blog post titled “Commitment to Sustainability” mentions packaging initiatives, but The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to publish a thorough report with progress tracking and goals to reduce carbon emissions, waste, plastic usage and fossil fuels.

Are Glossier skincare products organic?

To achieve our Ethical Accreditation, Glossier should also look to gain an Organic-certification, such as from The Soil Association. Organic ingredients are grown with herbicide, fungicide, insecticide, or other harmful agrochemicals that can cause great environmental damage. We encourage Glossier to keep striving for ethical excellence, and to fully protect the Environment, Animals and People.

Ethical performance in category

0

GSG score

65
70

GSG category benchmark

100

Ethical Rating

Environment

  • Environmental Report

    Poor

  • Genetic Modification

    Good

  • Organic

    Poor

  • Nuclear Power

    Good

Animal

  • Animal Welfare

    Good

  • Vegetarian/Vegan

    Poor

People

  • Armaments

    Good

  • Irresponsible Marketing

    Good

  • Political Donations

    Good

Other

  • Ethical Accreditation

    Acceptable

  • Public Record Criticisms

    Acceptable

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