5 symbols on your cosmetic pack - explained
Stands for RECYCLABLE which means that the container is capable of being recycled, and not that the container has been recycled. Unfortunately in India there is very little organized recycling - hope environment consciousness here will improve before it's too late!
What it means to you: If you can't recycle, use less packaging, or reuse stuff that you can, safely
You will likely see such logos (arrows with numbers inside) at the bottom of jars or bottles. These are RESIN IDENTIFICATION CODES,meant to tell recyclers what plastic (resin) the container is made of. For example, PET gets a number of 1, PP gets the number 5 and so on. Do these numbers mean anything? No - they are randomly assigned to identify and help segregation of plastics.
What it means to you: Segregated waste collection is still far away in India (unfortunately), but these codes would still be helpful for final recyclers. Let's recycle as much as we can!
What it means to you: Look for the PAO symbol, and never exceed it. If there is none, you can safely assume a 3 - 6 month window for most products. Eye products should be used within a month or two. Anything longer is not advised.
|Leaping Bunny (TM)|
What it means to you: The Leaping Bunny (TM) logo indicates that the cosmetic has not been tested on animals as of the date of certification. It's an assurance of cruelty-free cosmetics. You will see other "types" of bunnies, but this is the original one, if you like!
The words "natural" and "organic" are among the most over-used, abused and misunderstood in the cosmetics industry. Unless you see the words "Certified Organic" along with details of the certifying agency, chances are, that the brand is using its ownconvenient definition of natural, organic and other such terms. We will cover this topic in detail over several new posts, as they make a very important difference to performance and safety of your cosmetics
What it means to you: Look for "certified organic" along with the name of the certifying agency, go look it up and convince yourself if the organic tag is really worth something.