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How ethical and sustainable is Soltan? 

Soltan is included in The Good Shopping Guide‘s Sun Protection Ethical Ratings Table. Although Soltan has not yet upheld our ethical standards, we are hopeful that in the future, the company will make the necessary adjustments to operate in a more ethical manner.

By submitting an application for Ethical Accreditation, which would involve a more thorough investigation and recommendations for ethical development, Soltan might boost customer trust.

What does Soltan do?

Soltan launched its first sun cream in 1939, leading the way in UVA protection with the UK’s first UVA star rating system which is now widely used. Soltan is a sun cream brand that is sold in Boots due to it being a part of the Walgreens Boots Alliance company.

For which criteria does Soltan perform poorly? 

Soltan received a low rating for Organic products, Animal Welfare, Vegan products, Irresponsible Marketing and Political Donations. Walgreens appears on PETA’s list of companies that test on animals, despite claims that the brand does not, for all Walgreens Boots alliance product brands.

More than 3,300 lawsuits were filed with claims that they played down the risks of addiction and overdoses, you can read more on this here.

Walgreens Boots Alliance has donated over $2.1m in recent political donations.

Past Criticisms of Soltan’s ethical record

Soltan faced criticism as Wallgreens was accused of feeding the opioid epidemic in the USA.

In what areas does Soltan score well for its ethics?

Soltan receives a high score for its Environmental Report. The Walgreens Boots Alliance released an ESG report which included evidence of progress and several targets for the future.

The brand also received a high rating for Genetic Modification, Nuclear Power and Armaments.

How can Soltan improve its ethical rating?
The Ethical rating of a brand is divided into three categories by The Good Shopping Guide: the Environment, People and Animals. Find out more about how we rate.

Soltan might apply for Ethical Accreditation for more detailed guidance on how to improve. Soltan may improve its rating and fulfil our fundamental ethical requirements by releasing a range of Organic sun care and ceasing all Political Donations.

Why not check out The Good Shopping Guide‘s Ethical Accreditation if you work for or with a sun protection company that places ethics high on its priority list? This ethical accreditation has already benefited brands such as Tropic Skincare, Green People and Incognito.

Contact us to learn more, or complete our short form for a Free Initial Assessment.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Irresponsible Marketing


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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