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Closing the loop on packaging waste with Kōv refill stations

Closing the loop on packaging waste with Kōv refill stations

We have launched our first refill station for the Kov Hand Wash and Moisturizing Lotion.   Even before Kov we loved those luxurious moments that skincare brought to our senses, but we started feeling guilty of all the single use plastics destined for the landfill/ocean.  This was one of the early seeds that helped launch Kov Skincare.   When choosing our packaging options we knew that regardless of material used there would be impact to the environment, and one way to mitigate that impact would be to reuse and close the packaging loop.   Knowing this we went with glass...

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Earth Day Reads That Will Wow You

Earth Day Reads That Will Wow You

Earth Day is a pretty neat time to reflect, learn and grow. We've put together a list of our top book picks about our relationship to the Earth and climate change. Happy Reading! Bonus points if you find these titles at your local library or independent bookstore ;) Read more
Teleportation does exist (and the science behind it)

Teleportation does exist (and the science behind it)

We made a teleportation device. Have you ever noticed how a smell can transport you so immediately?  Proust famously was transported to his childhood from eating and smelling a lime-blossom soaked madeleine cookie.  For me it’s the smell of the sea air that triggers a memory of my first vacation to Vancouver as a child.  I grew up in the landlocked prairies of Alberta, and that first memory of being surrounded by ocean made a big impression.  Now that I live in Vancouver, I will occasionally catch that same ocean breeze, and without fail, it triggers a visceral emotion of...

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Is compostable packaging really compostable?

Is compostable packaging really compostable?

One of our goals at Kōv is to reduce single-use plastics. To accomplish this, we knew we needed a refill program. And we were happy to find a certified compostable pouch for our refills. But we’ve learned about a challenge that’s changing how we do things.   We’re excited to share our solution with you, but first, let’s talk about why we think these pouches are a better alternative to single-use petroleum-based plastics and the challenge at hand.   Our refill pouches are made from wood cellulose and are certified ASTM D6400 compostable. Through the composting process, microorganisms break them...

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Is glass actually better than plastic?

Is glass actually better than plastic?

  At Kōv Skincare we chose glass as the vessel for our skincare products because we assumed glass had the environmental advantage over plastic, but the more we read about both materials we realized that it wasn’t as clear and obvious as we thought. So what’s better, glass or plastic packaging?   Let’s start by highlighting the problems with glass packaging: Glass is made from sand. And as it turns out, sand is in short supply these days.  We actually use more sand than we do oil (1), and unfortunately, sand from the desert cannot be used to make glass.  Most glass...

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Is organic skincare worth your money?

Is organic skincare worth your money?

There are so many options these days when you’re trying to choose a lotion, hand wash, deodorant or really any product for your skin. And it can be challenging to figure out what’s good for you and the planet and what’s just greenwash marketing.  Read more