Sensational Skincare with Minimal environmental Impact.
At Riyafa we work hard every day to minimise our impact on the environment. Argan Oil sales have had a massive impact on tree planting in Morocco and unlike other oils such as palm oil which replace existing rain forests, argan trees grow in the desert and are a totally new carbon capture resource.
We also support the Moroccan High Atlas Foundation by sponsoring projects that help improve peoples lives, while at the same time reducing their impact on the environment.
We prefer this approach to other schemes that simply fund tree planting as it has many of the benefits and also directly improves people lives.
Whenever you buy a Riyafa product we make a contribution to the High Atlas Foundation on your behalf.
“The planet is in crisis – from climate change to the pollution in our oceans and devastation of our forests. It’s up to all of us to fix it. The beauty sector generated over 142 billion units of packaging last year – most of which ended up in landfill or in the ocean.”
Plastic is still the most sustainable and safest choice but all plastics are not the same. We use PET and HDPE which are the two most recycled plastics (Number 1 and 2 out of 7 on the plastic recycling league table) and are accepted by most curbside recycling schemes.
Some parts such as spray heads can only be made from PP (Number 5 out of 7 on the plastic recycling league table) but unlike the mainstream manufacturers where PP is the preferred choice these make up a very small proportion of our packaging.
We follow these four golden rules when choosing our packaging:
Keep the amount of material used as small and light as possible.
We don’t use double wall jars and we supply larger sized options which improves the ratio of product to packaging and can be used to refill our Moroccan pots.
Ensure the packaging carbon footprint is as small as possible
Our packaging is manufactured in Europe, although Chinese packaging costs less the carbon footprint, even when shipped by sea, is too high for us to consider.
We offset our carbon footprint with donations to the High Atlas Foundation whose projects help the people and their environment
Make sure the packaging is reusable and refillable
All our packaging can be reused and refilled. We encourage you to repurpose rather than throw away. You can buy our beautiful Moroccan pots which will last forever and can be topped up from our larger sized containers.
Make sure the packaging is recyclable
We use as much highly recyclable plastic as possible; most of our packaging material is Number 1 and 2 out of 7 on the plastic recycling league table.
We’re always looking for the most sustainable way to package and deliver Riyafa products and would love to hear your ideas on this, you can email us here.
Riyafa products don’t contain dyes or synthetic fragrances or preservative such as paraben and phenoxyethanol. They’re also free from chemicals derived from the petrochemical industry such as paraffin.
Riyafa products don’t contain animal products, and don’t exploit animals in their production and distribution.
Riyafa products aren’t tested on animals.
Riyafa products come from one of the remotest regions on the planet. From the edges of the Sahara desert, the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and deep below the surface in dry mines.
Many of the co-operatives that produce our raw materials are too small to afford formal organic certification but you can be confident that there are no pesticides or industrial contaminants in Rifaya products.
Rifaya Argan Oil carries the following organic approvals:
ECO Cert: ECOCERT is a French inspection and certification body specializing in the certification of organic agricultural products.
USDA Organic: Organic Certification by the United States Department of Agriculture. This allows a farm or processing facility to sell, label, and represent their products as organic.
The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world and one of the harshest environments on Earth. It covers 3.6 million square miles (9.4 million square kilometers), nearly a third of the African continent.
It’s approximately the size of the United States and has grown by 10% over the last 100 years as rainfall has become more erratic as a result of climate change.
Argan trees play a crucial role in the battle against desertification; the trees have long roots that can reach down into deep pockets of groundwater. This extensive root system plays an important role in stabilizing the soil and preventing desertification.
In the 1970s argan trees were being lost at a rate of 600 hectares a year, but the success of Argan oil has halted deforestation. There are now more than 800,000 hectares of argan forests in Morocco, with the government planning to plant another 200,000 hectares.
Riyafa skincare products are as close as possible to zero waste. Take the example of Riyafa Argan Oil. After the oil is extracted by hand, the flesh of the nut is fed to the goats. The discarded kernels and shells are used as fuel for cooking.
The success of Moroccan Skincare products has provided sustainable and meaningful jobs for thousands of women from marginalised communities.
A thriving network of women owned farming and production co-operatives has developed over the last 20 years
As business owners they gain not just a share of the profits but also status by transforming traditional views about the role of women in society.
Riyafa products are produced in Morocco and packaged and distributed throughout Europe from our base in southern Spain.
Our business has very low energy requirements and nearly 50% of that energy comes from renewable sources, mainly solar.
Packaging is a significant part of the cosmetics industries carbon footprint. It’s a challenging area with no perfect solution.
There are ways you can minimize your environmental impact. One of the best is to simply repurpose empty jars and bottles rather than throw them away.
Rifaya packaging is designed to minimize our impact on the Planet:
- We use the least packaging possible to ensure product integrity and safety.
- We use lightweight recyclable PET plastic jars and bottles that can be refilled.
- We use recycled, unbleached and recyclable cardboard delivery packaging.
- We offer refills in low impact packaging.
- We offer everlasting refillable Moroccan Ceramic Jars.
- We offer larger pack sizes to reduce the percentage of packaging used.
- We encourage you to reuse our bottles and jars for storage of other items
Here’s why we chose PET Plastic for our packaging
After a lot of research we decided that while it’s not the perfect solution PET Plastic is the least worst solution for our packaging and is much better than the alternatives
PET is a recyclable Plastic that looks like glass. rPET is a version that is both recyclable AND uses recycled PET, the percentage of recycled material in rPET varies by manufacturer but is generally increasing and we will follow that trend.
52% of PET used in the European Union is recycled through curbside recycling schemes
PET containers are strong, shatterproof and very light meaning that less packing and energy is needed for safe delivery of your order.
All our containers are reusable and refillable.
Glass is too heavy and uses too much energy to produce
Although glass is a popular and stylish solution for cosmetics, and despite being recyclable, Glass is much heavier than the alternatives and so has the biggest overall carbon footprint. It also uses huge amounts of fossil fuels to produce.
Non Recyclable Plastic Pollutes for 1000s of years
Plastics are ubiquitous in the beauty industry and even non-recyclable plastics have a low overall carbon footprint due to their very low weight.
However there is a major problem with plastic packaging: The beauty sector generated over 142 billion units of packaging last year – most of which ended up in landfill or in the ocean!
PET Plastics can be pollutants too and they aren’t compostable so it’s important you use your local recycling scheme or reuse them!
Aluminium uses too much electricity
Aluminium is one of the most environmentally friendly metals on the planet. It’s also the most recycled metal.
The problem is that making aluminium uses a LOT of electricity.
The best producers get 95% of their energy from renewable sources, the worse (China) get 93% of their power from coal. The problem is that most aluminium cosmetic containers use Chinese aluminium and it is very hard to find out how much of this (If any) is recycled.