Lush debuts 'carbon-positive' packaging
Miles King, a nature writer who works with the company, explained: "Cork is a natural product, made from the inner layer under the bark of the Cork Oak tree (Quercus suber). Traditionally used to make corks (as in stoppers for wine bottles) Cork is actually a remarkable material – anti-bacterial, fire-retardant, water-resistant, flexible, strong, easy to work; and at the end of its life, it can be composted.
"Harvested from a living tree, it also has an exceptional ability to sequester carbon, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change chaos. The [Lush] team’s calculations suggest that each cork pot sequesters over one kilo of carbon dioxide gas (and this is a very conservative estimate). This compares with an aluminium pot which releases 9kg of CO2 for every kg of Aluminium created."
Lush cosmetics are based on harsh ionic petroleum-derived detergents (I only use them when I forget to pack my cosmetics and need to get something cruelty-free from the high street). They are good replacement for regular products, though. And not "carbon-positive"!