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A Safer Sunscreen Made With Your Family in Mind: WS Badger Co

A Safer Sunscreen Made With Your Family in Mind: WS Badger Co

 

Family is the fundamental word to describe the newly B Certified WS Badger co. From employees and suppliers to customers and community members, every person is a part of Badger’s extended family. This focus on people forms the foundation of the way Badger does business. Where most companies look first to the market to determine the kinds of products they create, Badger looks at the needs of the people around them.

In 2004, Badger founder Bill Whyte read the list of ingredients in an employee’s sunscreen. He was immediately concerned with the harmful chemicals it contained and mixed a balm with zinc oxide to provide a healthy alternative. When it became clear there wasn’t a safe alternative to chemical sunscreen on the market, Badger expanded production. Today, the sunscreen is their number one selling product. This story represents the company well in that products start with a concern for the individual and grow from a desire to share with the community.

Badger spends a significant amount of time and energy researching their products. If a supplier doesn’t know the original source of an ingredient, Badger won’t use it. Almost all Badger ingredients are certified organic and packaging is made from recycled materials. Additionally, as regulations follow out-dated standards from the 1930’s, Badgers does their own testing (not on animals of course), to ensure that products are safe and effective.*

With a clear focus on people and planet, B Corporation Certification seemed like an obvious next-step. B Certification is not Badger’s first 3rd party certification but, according to Rebecca Hamilton, Director of Product Development, it is the most comprehensive. It measures every part of a company, from treatment of employees to the quality and sourcing of the product. Jentri Provenzano, Marketing Manager at Badger, likes that B Certification helps Badger take pride in programs, such as the organic lunches they provided employees, the 8 hours of paid volunteer time off, and the Babies at Work initiative, which allows new mothers to bring their infants into the workplace. These practices make Badger a unique and genuine family company. No surprise then that employees, like Provenzano, love working there.

Badger takes their B Certification to heart as they expand operations into their new green office building and grow as a company. As Provenzano remarked of their certification, “Here’s a way to measure what we’ve done, see ways we can improve and be totally transparent about what we do.” B Corp Certification will help build trust with consumers, just as their certified organic ingredients do. And with their new goal to be completely fair trade certified, Badger will continue to be a company all families can trust. Learn more and better know Badger.

 

*Badger is a leader for the Safe Cosmetics Act, which would raise cosmetics standards to be more safe for consumers from the 1938 standards. To learn more about the act, read Rebecca Hamilton’s article on why the act makes sense for small businesses.

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1:48PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

So now, I am trying to find the SAFEST/HEALTHIEST ingredients to make my own home made sunscreen and it is extremely complicated (Non-Nano & what measurement is Non-Nano and Etc.) and hard to find recipes and the ingredients.

12:44PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

I never heard of 'B Corporation Certification', until reading this article.

I used to buy Badger Sunscreen, compromising it having to use Honey, because www.EWG.org listed it the best adult sunscreen. But now, www.EWG.org lists them down the list of adult sunscreens and The Badger Corporation refused to give all the information about their products' ingredients ('Limited' in 5-Ingredients & 'Fair' in 3-ingredients), to www.EWG.org. A few reasons I love Badger Corporation, even though there are safer sunscreens, is that it is USA made, completely, and mine for only one ingredient.

What is really maddening is www.EWG.org's top sunscreens only one-maker provides enough need information to them and that was their safest/healthiest sunscreen ('Limited' in only 1-ingredient, 'Robust' in 1-ingredient, 'Fair' in 4-ingredients) and it had >>>>>CHOLECALCIFEROL Data: Fair, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions

10:50PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

i recently started using their products and i like them very much

2:19PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

It is nice to know that these things are starting to become mainstream.

9:12AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

There are a lot of natural products that protect skin from sunburn but the FDA won't allow them to be sold as such even when they have overwhelming proof & studies that they work. It’s almost like the FDA wants us to get cancer from dangerous chemicals.

8:33AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

I used to work for these guys and loved it. I still love them too!

4:09AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:35PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

To those people advising against using sunscreen:
Some of us are so pale we can't walk along the street on a hot day without getting burnt if we don't wear sunscreen. Even here in the north of England. When I spent time in the south of Spain, I had to cover myself in factor 50 just to be able to safely step outside, and even then I sometimes got burnt through it, just from walking around town.
I NEVER "bake myself", and I resent the implication that you only need sunscreen if you're silly enough to disregard warnings about spending too much time in the sun.

3:10PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Good article, thanks! I haven't tried their sunscreen, but they make a wonderful organic lip balm!

7:47AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Nice description of a company trying to show some responsibility... I don't routinely look for 'certifications', I just read list of ingredients. Hope it works out for Badger.

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