Drowsy® Corporate Social Responsibility
As a new business that launched in the UK in 2019, CSR is very important to us.
We strive to ensure the best ethical and sustainable practices throughout all of our own procedures and make sure that any suppliers, manufacturers or partners that we work with adhere to the same level of social responsibility. We are proud to be completely transparent about every step of our production process.
There hasn’t been a more important time in history to protect our planet. This isn’t a choice, it's a responsibility. Making sure that our environmental impact is at the centre of every Drowsy decision, allows us to sleep peacefully at night.
We also want all of our employees, customers and any communities that we have working relationships with to be treated fairly with respect and importance.
HOW WE WORK & OUR COMMITMENTS:
Legality & Business Ethics
We make sure that we are conducting our business in a modern and responsible way by:
- Respecting the law
- Making sure that all operations are legitimate
- Being 100% open and transparent with all of our partnerships & collaborations
- Carrying out business with integrity and respecting human rights by doing safe and fair deals with our providers.
- Respecting our customers and their rights.
The following information regarding our suppliers is accurate at the time of writing. There may be small changes in the supply chain to deal with extraordinary circumstances, but we endeavour to keep this information up to date.
DROWSY X MIND. Lack of good sleep and mental health often come hand in hand so we are proud to support UK based charity Mind. Mind provides advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Learn more at www.mind.org.uk. We donate £1 from every mask sold to Mind. This donation is performed annually in May.
MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY OF OUR AROMATHERAPY PRODUCTS
All our aromatherapy products are produced in the UK. Our manufacturer complies to recognised standards of good manufacturing practice (ISO 22716); all staff are fully trained, are thorough in the production process, and are contractually employed.
Packaging is reused wherever possible, including bubble wrap and plastic foam.
Anything that can’t be reused is recycled when possible.
All printing is greenprint approved. The energy supplier uses renewable energy sources and invests in renewable energy power.
All of the ingredients that go into a Drowsy pillow spray or essential oil bottle have been COSMOS approved. Cosmos is the European standard for organic and natural products in cosmetics. This means YES to sustainably sourced organic ingredients, natural colours and fragrances from plants and flowers, transparent manufacturing processes, biodegradable ingredients, minimal packaging, maximum recycled content, and protection of wildlife and biodiversity. This means NO to animal testing, GM ingredients, controversial chemicals, parabens & phthalates, synthetic colours, dyes or fragrances. The alcohol used in all of our aromatherapy products is 100% organic.
Our label printers are based in Yorkshire (UK), and use FSC® recycled paper. Vegetable based inks are used wherever possible. They encourage minimal waste, through responsibly sourced paper and recycling where possible.
These are produced in Europe using a variable proportion of recycled glass. The supplier for our bottles is ISO 14001 regulated. This means that they must consider all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change mitigation and adaptation and resource use and efficiency.
They also comply to SEDEX - SMETA the globally recognised social audit procedure to assess responsible supply chain activities including labour rights, health and safety, the environment and business ethics.
Plastic atomisers and lids
The lids for our pillow sprays are currently manufactured in China. Our original European supplier discontinued them and we were unable to source them anywhere in Europe. We are currently looking for a new glass bottle and plastic atomiser alternative that are both compatible and manufactured in Europe. The atomiser and lid on our pillow sprays can be recycled, however, the components must be separated first. We urge you to do this.
All of our boxes are made in Yorkshire (UK) from100% recycled cardboard. Plant based inks through Pantone process are used on our boxes which are not harmful to humans or the environment.
Our boxes can be 100% recycled and are biodegradable. If not recycled by our consumers, these will decompose overtime when exposed to sunlight.
Our inserts are printed in Southampton (UK), on FSC and recycled papers from sustainable sources. The ink is vegetable based, and all waste products are recycled.
We are proud to have eliminated single use plastics from our aromatherapy product packaging.
MANUFACTURE AND ASSEMBLY OF OUR SILK PRODUCTS
Our eye masks are manufactured on the edge of the picturesque Lake Tai, in a stunning corner of China renowned for its pagodas, stone bridges, and Unesco protected classical gardens. We work closely with our manufacturer, who are highly reputed in the world of silk craft. The silk is dyed on site. Independent checks have been carried out to ensure the highest standards of operations on the premises. A third-party safety and ethics organisation monitors and ensures the manufacturer adheres to the highest standards of working conditions and staffing for all employees.
The cost of raw goods in our silk eye mask is high due to the quantity of Mulberry silk necessary. We have also invested significantly in stitching and design technology. Each eye mask requires approximately 1.75 m2 of raw silk fabric. Were the raw materials and the assembly to be done in Europe, the manufacturing cost would be significantly higher and the price of our mask would need to increase. Our mission at Drowsy is to provide the best possible sleep experiences for our consumers, whilst providing the best possible value.
We are however committed to constant change and improvement, and are conscious that our carbon footprint could be reduced by moving the manufacture of our eye masks to Europe. We are currently in talks with European-based suppliers and manufacturers, with a goal to make this change in 2021. We want to maintain the unrivalled quality and competitive price of our silk eye masks for you, whilst continually working to improve our sustainability footprint across the board.
Our Marine Collagen Eye Gel is produced and manufactured in a specialist cosmetic laboratory in the UK - with vegan friendly suppliers. No animal testing has been performed on our Eye Gel, nor any of the products the laboratory produces. They only work with suppliers that share their values and have policies in place.
Our marine collagen is derived from seaweed, so it is completely vegan friendly. This type of marine Collagen is extracted from the natural seaweed variety Porphyra Tenera with water.
We are planning to expand the range of Drowsy feel-good, natural and vegan cosmetics in the months to come.
Vegan & Cruelty free Vision
We are aware that the silk we source to make our eye masks is not currently considered as “cruelty free”. As part of our constant drive for improvement, this is something we want to change. It is our mission to work closely with our manufacturers to move to ethically produced “peace” silk for all of our eye masks in 2021, whilst maintaining the highest possible levels of quality. As a start-up there is a lot to think about and a lot of product development that naturally follows when receiving feedback from our customers after launching new products - so we are prioritising any feedback in this area and passing it directly to our product development team. All of our other products however are proudly vegan and cruelty free.
Tertiary packaging box. Our mailer boxes are made from 100% recycled paper and can be fully recycled.
Paper Shred Void filler - The dark blue Zig-Zag style shred that you may find in some mailer boxes that we send out is used to protect your order during transit. It is made from 80gsm, 80% recycled Kraft paper. It is 100% recyclable.
OUR FULFILMENT PARTNERS
We ship all Drowsy website orders from a family run fulfilment centre in Wakefield (UK). They comply to recognised standards of good manufacturing practice, all staff are fully trained and are contractually employed.
What good is a ship without a crew? And a happy one at that. We are all about creating a culture of “hell yes”. Are there any rules at Drowsy HQ? Not really. Bring your dog to work, dance around naked if it makes you feel better. Just please go to bed early!
We provide private healthcare for all our employees as standard and (if they want) pay for their gym membership too.
We do not discriminate against gender or race.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We only adhere to fair labour practices. We protect human rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT AT DROWSY HQ
Energy consumption + carbon management
What? Finding alternative and low energy solutions to systems such as lighting and cutting down on energy consumption.
How? Installing LED and energy saving bulbs at the Drowsy HQ and educating our team on how to save energy on a day-to-day basis.
What? Minimising our waste output. How? Buying Wisely - reducing waste at the source. Purchasing products that can be reused. Recycling as much as possible. Educating our staff on how to recycle properly and effectively.
Currently all our employees are lucky enough to be able to cycle and walk to work. Happy days! :)
Recycling & Printing
We recycle everything we possibly can. Even our office coffee capsules get recycled. Anything that can’t be recycled gets disposed of responsibly.
We like to consider ourselves as a paperless business. We use the cloud to store all ‘paperwork’. However, sometimes having to print something is unavoidable. If we do have to print something, we use recycled paper where possible.
We LOVE feedback!! If there’s something you think we should be doing differently, creating, providing, producing or including in any of our products or services...we want to know!
We listen to our community - and we create products around their needs. We are constantly learning about sleep and sleep hygiene and thinking about how Drowsy can find solutions to sleep problems…. naturally!
With this info we are able to do what we do best: Research and development. Trying, testing, experimenting, and improving!!
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