VOYA

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VOYA Sustainability

GUARDIANS OF TRADITION

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. VOYA help to protect the biodiversity of the west coast reefs through sustainable and traditional harvesting practices. Seaweed is a fully renewable natural resource in Ireland. From sea to skin, we go to great lengths to maintain the unique purity of our seaweed. We do not need to use any of our precious freshwater resources for irrigation; we do not require the use of fertiliser, pesticides, or even soil. Every step in our process is natural and sustainable. We set the bar as the world’s first certified organic seaweed-based skincare brand when created in 2006. Our rigorous independent scientific research also means that our products are not only environmentally kind, they also deliver best in class results. VOYA products can now be found in over 42 countries around the globe, in the most luxurious spas, hotels and retail outlets in the world. This is science backed, organic luxury skincare with a conscience.

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VOYA Sustainability Actions

Cruelty-Free

VOYA is proud to be a cruelty-free brand, we are totally opposed to the practice of animal testing in cosmetic research. We do not test any products on animals and have an agreement with our contract manufacturers that they do not or will never be involved in animal testing of any kind. Many customers do not realise that if your product is certified under the COSMOS organic accreditation that your products are automatically deemed cruelty free due to the intense auditing process that takes place. Here at VOYA, we wanted our customers to be 100% sure of this. That is why we have also acquired our PETA Cruelty-Free status and logos. If you are unsure if a brand is testing on animals, you can search PETA's cruelty-free database.

Certified Organic

Unlike food, there is no legal regulation in place for health and beauty products to prove their actual organic content. This means brands can label their product as ‘organic’ or ‘natural’, but they may contain as little as 1% organic ingredients. Here at VOYA, we’ve known this for years, but only recently other brands have started to realise that if you don’t see that all important logo on beauty products, it’s not actually certified organic at all. Always look for the logo! VOYA products contain as many organic ingredients as possible and we voluntarily submit our products to be certified by both the Soil Association COSMOS and the Irish Organic Association (IOA). For a product to be labelled organic 95% of all ingredients must be organic. VOYA is committed to using only natural and non-toxic ingredients and all our products contain a minimum of 70% certified organic ingredients. Looking for COSMOS or Soil Association logo on your cosmetics means so much more than just using organic ingredients. It means saying NO TO: Animal testing GM ingredients Controversial chemicals Parabens and Phthalates Synthetic colours, dyes, or fragrances YES TO: Sustainably sourced organic ingredients Using natural colours and fragrances from plants and flowers Transparent manufacturing processes Biodegradable ingredients Minimal packaging with maximum recycled content Protecting wildlife and biodiversity

Fully Renewable Resource

Seaweed is a fully renewable natural resource in Ireland. From sea to skin, we go to great lengths to maintain the unique purity of our seaweed. We do not need to use any of our precious freshwater resources for irrigation; we do not require the use of fertiliser, pesticides, or even soil. Every step in our process is natural and sustainable. Seaweed naturally absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere acting as what to refer to carbon sinks, as its growth rate is about 30% to 60% times the rate of land-based plants. All scientific research indicates that seaweed will play a huge role in fighting climate change by absorbing carbon emissions, regenerating marine escosystems, creating biofuel and renewable plastics as well as generating marine protein for years to come.

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VOYA Sustainability Commitments

2014

SEAL RESCUE IRELAND

Seals are a protected species under Irish and EU law and should not be touched or encouraged to go back into the water as it is quite normal for them to rest on land. Usually, only 10% of these are sick, injured or abandoned by their mothers, have got caught up in fishing nets, may be starving or ill or may have been bitten by dogs. Seal Rescue Irelands aim is to rehabilitate the seal pups back to full health and then return them to the wild when they are fit and ready. The rescue centre, which relies entirely on volunteers, receives approximately 600 phone calls a year reporting mainly Harbour and Grey seals that might need rescuing from around the entire coast of Ireland. The volunteer team at the sanctuary care for the seals, treating them for illness, feeding them and making sure they have clean water until they are ready to be released back into the sea. The centre costs approximately €100,000 a year to run. VOYA is not only proud to officially sponsor Seal Rescue Ireland, but we have also pledged to adopt one seal for every month of the year.

2021

CARBON BALANCED - WORLD LAND TRUST AND CARBON BALANCED OPERATIONS

In 2013, VOYA made a commitment to carbon-balance 72.60 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption associated with general operations and business travel to support the World Land Trust (WLT), an international conservation charity which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. We are proud to say that from the 1st January 2013 – 31st December 2021, 607.39043 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions associated with the general operations of VOYA has been offset and in turn over 6,098 m2 of world wildlife habitat has been protected.

2022

WORLD OCEAN DAY

To celebrate ‘World Ocean Day’, VOYA donated profits from all website sales on June 8th to the World Oceans Day Organisation. Your support makes a real difference for those around the world that protect and restore our beautiful ocean. The United Nations World Ocean day is a day of celebration that propels action throughout the year to protect our blue planet. The theme for 2022 was ‘Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.’ This theme aligns with VOYA’s motto: ‘A better way’, as we believe there has to be a better way! VOYA was inspired by the 300-year-old tradition of seaweed bathing, Ireland’s only indigenous therapy. We have always been heritage-focused and work closely with our coastal communities to inspire change and bring forward collective action.

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Sustainable Development Goals

VOYA is committed to advancing these Global Goals to promote prosperity for people & planet.

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