How we give back
Our Green Commitment
“We care deeply about the planet and about what you put on your skin…”
- VOYA voluntarily submits their products to be certified by the organic standards of both the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association and the Organic Soil Association.
- VOYA‘s products contain as much certified organic ingredients as possible (minimum 70%) and are made without artificial colours or artificial fragrances, mineral oils, GM ingredients, dioxins (carcinogenic), petrolatum or petrochemicals (derived from petroleum), parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, sodium lauryl sulphate (detergent), propylene glycol, hexane, phthalates or aluminium.
- VOYA‘s products are packaged using recycled, recyclable or biodegradable materials. New outer packaging introduced in 2015 is made from dried seaweed and vegetable inks which are ground down to a powder and mixed with paper.
- Our packaging board is a special blend of FSC certified pulps and our own harvested seaweed. Any emissions generated during the manufacturing process are neutralized thanks to carbon credits acquired to finance activities that can absorb CO2 in the atmosphere.
- VOYA is opposed to the practice of animal testing in cosmetics research.
- VOYA is a leading member of ECOPACT, a new initiative designed to ensure the widespread introduction of environmentally responsible and sustainable development of seaweed resources.
- VOYA’s harvesters, only use sustainable and conservative harvesting practices when removing seaweed, to ensure no damage is caused to the coastline of County Sligo.
- Halal Certified
Seal Rescue Ireland
This incredible organisation faced disaster when it’s much valued seal sanctuary in Dingle, Co. Kerry was destroyed by Storm Darwin in February 2014. A new location had to be found urgently and the sanctuary has now reopened at its new location, in Courtown, Co. Wexford where the young seals can be looked after until they are ready to be released back into the wild.
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. Usually, only 10% of these are actually sick, injured or abandoned and need rescuing. The pups may have lost their way due to being abandoned by their mothers, have got caught up in fishing nets, may be starving or ill or may have even been bitten by dogs. The aim is to rehabilitate the seal pups back to full health and then return them to the wild when they are fit and ready.
Seals are a protected species under Irish and EU law and should not be touched or encouraged to go back in to the water as it is quite normal for them to rest on land. 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 in to the sea.
The centre costs approximately €100,000 a year to run. VOYA is not only proud to officially sponsor Seal Rescue Ireland, but has also pledged to adopt one seal for every month of the year. This money will go towards the daily care of the seal pups including providing food and fish to eat, clean water, vet services and medicine. If you are out on a beach, keep an eye out for seal pups in distress. Stormy weather and rough seas, human activity by means of boat traffic, as well as people and dogs on beaches can sometimes frighten away nursing mothers and inadvertently lead to pups being injured or orphaned.
World Land Trust and Carbon Balanced Operations
VOYA has helped protect over 6,098 m2 of world wildlife habitat by cutting its carbon emissions and supporting the World Land Trust (WLT), an international conservation charity which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre.
In 2013, VOYA committed to carbon balance 72.60 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from energy consumption associated with general operations and business travel. This has enabled the company to offset its unavoidable emissions through WLT’s Carbon Balanced Programme which has helped to protect wildlife habitat in Numbami in Ecuador.
From 1st January 2014 – 31st December 2015, 266.99096 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions associated with the general operations of VOYA were offset. These funds will be invested in the protection and restoration of threatened tropical forests. WLT is working through local project partners to restore biologically important habitats throughout the world. Carbon Balanced projects are currently taking place in Vietnam, Ecuador, Paraguay and the portfolio is expanding.
A pledge to offset further emissions has been agreed for 2016.
Through the generous support of individuals and organisations, the World Land Trust has been instrumental in the purchase and protection of over 500,000 acres of tropical forest and other threatened habitats which would otherwise have been lost. Offsetting of CO2 emissions through WLT is a voluntary action demonstrating corporate commitment to addressing climate change and threatened biodiversity through credible conservation projects.