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Peanut Allergy: Why We Will No Longer Use Packing Peanuts

We are pleased to announce to you a recent change that has been implemented. We will no longer use packing peanuts in any of our shipments, nor will they be used for anything else. All packing materials moving forward will be 100% recyclable.

In October 2018, a Sustainable Development Team consisting of a rep from our Warehouse, Purchasing, and Marketing was formed. This team would be responsible for researching and implementing the best possible way for outbound shipments to go out, all while being completely recyclable. The team began to research what options were available that offered cushioning, moldable product protection, and filling space. The team also wanted to factor in cost, extra equipment, and recyclability.

The main goal of the initiative was to eliminate all packing peanuts and replace it with 100% recyclable materials. Packing peanuts, also known as Polystyrene foam, is a threat to our waterways, ecosystems, and our health. “Polystyrene foam contains likely cancer-causing chemicals that can leach into the food and drinks they hold, making them dangerous to consumers. Styrene, the main ingredient in Polystyrene foam, is a likely human carcinogen, according to both the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Toxicology Program.” writes Richard Bruno for the Baltimore Sun.

Packing peanuts and other Polystyrene foam items never fully degrade, but they also can absorb dangerous chemicals found in the environment. So not only are they harmful to the animals that consume them, but they, in turn, are harmful to us when we consume those animals. (Think fish, oysters, and other seafood animals when Polystyrene foam is littered into our oceans.)

We went on to research the best alternative to packing peanuts and found that Kraft paper is one of the most sustainable and cost-effective resources to use as shipping material. It can be wrapped around products, used as void fill, and is 100% recyclable. However, the team was not convinced that paper alone could replace both the peanuts and bubble bags, especially for items with a nozzle or special closures. We concluded that the Kraft paper + bubble bags would be the best way to send outbound shipments. Poly bubble bags or sleeves provide cushioning and moldable product protection and are also 100% recyclable.  (see chart below) (*Miscellaneous items will be bubble wrapped when not able to fit in poly bubble bags.)

“90% of consumers say that companies and brands have a responsibility to take care of the planet and its people” (via JWT The New Sustainability: Regeneration), and we couldn’t agree more. We have a corporate social responsibility to become a more sustainable brand, and eliminating packing peanuts is just the first step.

Going forward, all products will be packaged and shipped out in boxes filled with 100% recyclable packing paper and bubble bags. Not only is this better for the environment, but it is also better for our shipping workers.

The packing paper is deposited out of a machine that is much easier for the workers to use and much more efficient. No more bending and picking up loose peanuts, which can cause quite a mess and waste valuable time.

We still have a long way to go in increasing our environmental sustainability, but we’re proud to have taken the first step. Some other changes we plan to make in the future include implementing various recycling programs, working with eco-friendly non-profits, and sourcing from local vendors or those who use upcycled ingredients.

We’d love to hear from you! What ways do you decrease your environmental impact? Is there anything you would like to see us do in the future?

Sustainably yours,

Clare Hennigan, Trend Analyst

Resources:

- How green is your packaging?

- New actives can be sourced in plant/fruit throwaways

- The New Sustainability Regeneration 

Polystyrene foam is bad for your body and the environment

We're Now Available at Ulta Beauty!

It’s official.

All 13 Uberliss Bond Sustainers are available at ultabeauty.com, and 10 of our top selling shades are in over 850 Ulta Beauty stores nationwide!

The coolest part about Bond Sustainers? They use nano-emulsion technology found in our salon professional Uberliss Bond Treatment. Each use will regenerate broken hair bonds and strengthen fiber elasticity while depositing brilliant color. Not into rainbow color hair? No biggie. We offer Platinum Jasmine, a toning color for blondes who want to get rid of brassy strands, and a plain Bond Sustainer that can be used on all other types of color-treated hair.

Bond Sustainers are also vegan and cruelty-free and feature Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera to keep your hair moisturized with a soft boost of shine.

Use Bond Sustainer Colors as a direct dye, color refresher, or a toner!

When using as a direct dye: use on dry, pre-lightened hair and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

When using as a color refresher: Apply to damp hair after shampooing, leave on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

When using as a toner: apply to dry or damp hair and leave on for 10-20 to eliminate brassy tones for an icy cool finish. Rinse with cool water.

Uberliss Bond Sustainer colors can be found at the Color Shop section in Ulta Beauty.

Head over to ultabeauty.com or visit your nearest Ulta Beauty to pick yours up today! 

xoxo,

überliss

Uberliss is Officially Cruelty-Free!

While we have never tested on animals here at Uberliss, we thought it was important to make it official. 

Last year we filed the paperwork with PETA to become a certified cruelty-free brand. It's important for us to help keep animals safe and out of harm's way. There is absolutely no excuse for them to be used in experiments.

Look for the pink-eared bunny on our updated packaging, and make the pledge today to use only cruelty-free beauty products!

xoxo

Uberliss 

Thank Ü for Donating!

This past October we decided to donate 100% of the proceeds for any pink Bond Sustainer Color purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

"The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides early detection screenings, including mammograms, breast health education, and a supportive community."

Überliss will officially be donating $1767.05 to the NBCF, and we couldn't have done it without ü!

We loved seeing all of the fun pink looks throughout the month. Take a look through some of our favorites below! 💕

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How do you say ‘Sunday ‘ in your language?💕

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xoxo,

überliss

Why We Went Back To The Original Keratin Formula

In 2011 we launched the original Uberliss Keratin Treatment consisting of 3 steps. Those with frizzy, wavy, unmanageable hair textures loved the formula to smooth and soften their unruly hair. But while the formula was great for smoothing, it tended to lift color-treated hair.

In 2017 we attempted to address the concern for color-treated hair and introduced the new 2-step Uberliss Keratin Treatment featuring a formula containing lower levels of Glyoxylic Acid. And while this was great for color-treated hair, the updated treatment was not smoothing as well as it used to.

After listening to a lot of feedback from stylists and consumers saying the newer version didn’t work as well, we’ve come to the conclusion that one size does not fit all when it comes to smoothing and defrizzing hair. Everyone’s hair is different and one formula is not going to work for all hair types and conditions.

We have gone ahead and changed it back to the original formula, keeping the original clientele in mind. Those with super frizzy, coarse, unmanageable hair were always our first concern with the Uberliss Keratin Treatment. The best part is, the treatment is still only 2-steps and comes with our Uberliss Frizz Elixir to protect hair from any damage caused by the flat-ironing step. The Uberliss Frizz Elixir also helps with any flyaways and leaves hair super shiny and soft.

But that's not all!

We haven’t forgotten about our color-treated friends. We’re currently working on a new Color Safe Keratin using a different technology than our current Keratin Treatment. This new treatment will be completely color safe and will be cross-compatible with Step 1 of the current Uberliss Keratin Treatment. *Clients will be able to receive keratin and color their hair the same day.*

Make sure to subscribe to any updates at uberliss.com, and feel free to message us there or on social. We love hearing your feedback and are always looking for ways to improve.

Sincerely,

Hasan, Uberliss President

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