River Organics

Last Updated: January 31, 2022

How Ethical Is River Organics?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here's a summary of River Organics' ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is River Organics cruelty-free, vegan, and really sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on River Organics’ policies.
River Organics is cruelty-free. None of River Organics’ ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of River Organics products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
River Organics is committed to being as close to zero-waste as possible in their product and shipping packaging. All of their products come in plastic-free packaging and a portion of each sale is donated to One Tree Planted.

River Organics also uses organic plant oils and lab-made mica to ensure no child labor is involved.
River Organics uses synthetic mica that’s made in a lab and therefore no child labor is involved. See their ethical mica sourcing policy here.
River Organics’s packaging is as close to zero-waste as possible. Including their shipping materials which consist of recycled envelopes from Eco-Enclose, sugarcane-based labels and without additional marketing material or packing.

About River Organics

Based in Wilmington, NC, River Organics is dedicated to producing low waste beauty products with a reduced environmental footprint in everything they do from packaging, shipping to refills.

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River Organics is Cruelty-Free

River Organics has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

By our standards, we would consider River Organics to be Cruelty-Free.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.’ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

River Organics is 100% Vegan

River Organics has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

“100% vegan ingredients form the basis for each product.”

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

Where are River Organics’ products made?

River Organics states on its website,

“We produce River Organics products in Wilmington, North Carolina.”

Ethical Mica Mining Policy

Mica is a mineral that’s used in cosmetics to add a shimmery effect. But the mining of natural mica has been linked to child labor and human rights violations.

Unless the company discloses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

Thankfully, River Organics states on its website,

“We love Mica but we don’t like human rights violation, this is why the Mica we use is synthetic. What does this mean and why did we chose to go this route?

Mica is a popular ingredient in natural makeup for it’s shimmering effect and smooth satiny mineral feel. It blends beautifully on skin and is a naturally occurring mineral found in stone.

Like all ingredients, it’s best to be informed and aware of where it comes from and how it is ‘harvested’. Mica is not an ingredient that can have a USDA Organic Seal and it’s very difficult to find out exactly where it is sourced.

With so many questions surrounding Mica, we have found that the best solution is to use Synthetic Mica. Synthetic Mica is so similar to Mica found in stone that it goes by the same name. It is ethically sourced is gentle on skin and comes in a range of beautifully natural colors.”

I hope this article helped you to understand River Organics’ cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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