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"Where does Kiss My Face packaging come from?"

March, 2014

Throughout the history of Kiss My Face we have been working to buy packaging that is sustainable, and that is low cost, and is from producers that treat the people making the packaging fairly. I take pride in the "and"'s in that sentence. As an example of part of this, if you turn over any bottle of Kiss My Face product you will see the recycle number in the familiar recycle logo. We try and make our bottles as recycleable as possible and we always disclose the number on the bottom of the bottle (hint: so please do curbside recycling of Kiss My Face bottles).

Along this journey we found ourselves more and more looking to try and simply get packaging from "close by". Over the years, driven by pricing, much of the world's production of tubes and bottles for personal care products has shifted to China. At Kiss My Face we worried about two things 1) how is a small company like ours supposed to understand and monitor the human labor practices of production in factories so far away?, and 2) what does the carbon footprint of packaging production in China look like compared to more "close by" production?

Where we ended up was, first, acknowledging that as a small company we have limited resources. Bottle and tube packaging producers in China may have good practices toward their workers. And we require statements about human production practices when we contract for this packaging, to try and insure we are practicing ethical sourcing. But, since we don't have the resources to visit Chinese bottle and tube producers, like we do in North America, we just could not be certain enough that appropriate practices were being followed in far away countries that have had some problems with human labor and welfare practices. And, here in the U.S and Canada there are more robust institutions and laws to insure that appropriate human labor and welfare practices are followed.

Additionally, we just can't see how the carbon footprint of producing bottles and tubes in China, then shipping these components to North America, can be as good as sourcing these packages here in the U.S. and Canada.

All of our products come to you in a bottle or a tube. So, we are announcing our intent is to source all of Kiss My Face's bottles and tubes from North America by the end of 2014 (though we have one great vendor for one particular product's packaging in New Zealand that we may continue with that may be an "asterisk" on this statement for a while). Right now, the majority of our bottles and tubes come from North America. Our intent is to bring the rest back.

Steve Michaelson
CEO and #1 Smoocher

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