Himaya the Original Ocean Friendly Sunscreen
Company Eco Policy
Himaya strives to be a company that takes responsibility for its impact on the environment and society. However, this can be challenging without compromising your protection. When it has not been possible to eliminate an environmental or social impact, we have offset this impact with innovative solutions. Himaya continues to learn, change, and adapt to all of these issues as they develop. Himaya aims to provide the best UV protection to outdoor sports whilst having no impact on the environment and society.
Himaya is CO2 Neutral; we do not want to add to the CO2 issue in our environment. The ocean absorbs most of the CO2 that we produce. As the world increase its CO2 production it the oceans are unable to absorb it all without it having some kind of effect. Due to the amount it now has to absorb it causes the ph balance to change in the ocean, making it more acidic. This has now been related to the coral bleaching on the great barrier reef and also northwest America. As the reef become more brittle from the higher acid waters.
Also the CO2 are generally increase the temperature on the planet and also the fluctuations. A temperature difference in the water can also lead to coral bleaching and killing of coral reefs.
Also in todays world we produce a massive amount of CO2 from social media and this is also taking into account in our calculations to offset our Social media impact.
These are just some of the reasons we offset our CO2 production.
Himaya offsets CO2 by planting Mangrove trees in Kenya. This produces multi-benefits. Mangrove trees absorb four times more CO2 than a tropical tree. Its roots provide protection for the baby fish from their natural predictors. As the new trees are protected and monitored, they do not get cut down again by the local fishermen. This also helps to make fishing sustainable and help the local biodiversity, and these fish are a critical part to the ECO system of the local reefs.
The local Village is in charge of the project and the funds generated. Some of the funding is given to the local issue and has helped towards the new school and freshwater supplies to the village. So this is also how Himaya can contribute to society.
Plastic collection for the ocean.
Himaya’s policy has been to create a circular system and has achieved this with refillable packaging. Himaya plastic can and is recycled at the end of the day and is refilled by the customer all the time so reducing the amount of plastic created by Himaya.
However, we wanted to be Plastic neutral by offsetting every bottle sold. Himaya removes the same weight in plastic from the ocean. After removing this, it is sorted and recyclable sent for recycling, and the rest is changed back to oil and diesel by a process known as Pyrolysis. This diesel is then used to help power the system of collection.
1% for the planet
Himaya joined the One percent to the planet club. So we give 1% of our turnover on the planet.
Himaya also gives work and creates work for a social integration work placement organization. This is to help people who have social integration problems to become independent again and get themselves settles back into society. For example all our packing f the bottle into the boxes is handled this way so every bottle made contributes to this social integration program.
Eco Product Policy
Himaya has been using Zinc as a filter for over 15 years, and its natural sunscreen has no known impact on the reefs.
Back in the late 90s, the founder of Himaya has had a concern about where all the sunscreen ended up that was washed off in the water. At the time, the founder made a lot of in-water surf photography, so noticed this issue personally. This is why he wanted to make a totally waterproof sunscreen that would not come off the skin. Aqua fix was created, and it was the first High protection, SPF 60+, sunscreen that was not water-soluble. Since then, some other manufactures have followed this concept, but now Himaya has managed to make this all-natural. With this and the reef-friendly filters zinc the CO2 offsetting and plastic removal, this makes Himaya the Orginal Ocean friendly sunscreen.
We have created this refillable system so that it is a circular system. Reuse or refill is better than recycle as no energy is involved and does not create any carbon footprint. We believe this is the best eco solution we could find for sunscreen packaging.
The purpose of packaging is to deliver the product in prime condition to the user. As we have a natural product, nothing must get inside to make the product go off, as it like food. Natural sunscreens, can be changed by air causing it to go off, or oxidise, so this is why we use an airless system to help keep the cream as long as possible. The only system at the moment which can offer this is a closed vacuum from plastic. We use it as protection is Himaya’s top priority. Plastic is not bad when used and reused correctly. Himaya opted for a refill system and offset all our plastic production, making us plastic neutral and creating a circular packaging system.
This is why Himaya used a Bottle system as all bottles can and are recycled easily in the waste systems. Also with the vacuum system inside the bottle this helps to self clean the bottle before disposal making it very easy to recycle
Himaya does not use plastic tubes as we have found out 90%+ of all tubes are never recycled. They are to expensive to clean and then recycle so they end up in Indo Asia and in land fill or burnt. Also the new “Bio Plastic tubes” Are made from ethanol and this is sugar cane grown in Brazil on land created by cutting down the rain forest. It is then used for growing Bio Fuels like sugar cane repeatedly and so they call this sustainable as they can repeated this process on the land which was created by cutting down the forest. Also the process itself costs a lot of water and the end product processed and shipped. At the end of the day the footprint this makes out ways any benefits that could come form it. Also it will never be recycled after.
Himaya uses a cardboard packaging due to the legal and also shipping requirements of the market. We would prefer not to however it is a requirement for languages and also instructions of use.
So we have added as much information on to this packaging and added not extra paper instructions
FOR EVERY SPORT UNDER THE SUN
Well, I’ve been back from Chile for almost two weeks now, and wanted to report in to you on the success of the sunscreen samples you gave me. I distributed samples to my staff and some of my clients, as well as a few of the heli guides down there in Portillo, and everyone agreed that it was fantastic. We had hot, sunny weather for over two weeks, I mean real blazing sun, and I was pretty well protected with one application most days, although some days I put on two because the sun was so powerful. The thick nature of the product rubs in deep and doesn’t run off when you sweat, and it doesn’t coat your beard/ stubble and make it look all white.
Best regards and thanks for the support!
When you?re on the glacier in the summer the Sun is intense! and anyone without sunscreen will get fried. Hiking the pipe all day in summer temps causes a lot of sweat, and having a sunscreen that is sweatproof and waterproof is absolutely essential. We tested HIMAYA this Spring and found it really performed under these intense conditions, and we’re excited to be able to offer our campers something we know is going to provide the protection they need.
Muchas Gracias! for the HIMAYA goodies you hooked me up with. I’ve been surfing a bunch back here in San Diego, and am happy to report that you have come up with a RAD sunscreen – finally, something that actually works in the salt water! Yeeehoooo!!! Thanks again. I’ll be spreading the HIMAYA love around the beaches and mountains wherever I roam — which these days, is far and wide!
I have been in Nicaragua and Tavarua this summer, and I think you have the best sunblock! Thanks!
I was also in Hawaii. I have never used a sunblock so many days in a row and not had to worry about my skin getting oily and breaking out!
Just wanted to let you know that I just got back from a boat trip in the Mentawai’s; I brought a couple bottles down with me on the trip.
As the week went on, I was the only one with out a burn.
Needless to say, everyday the boat was running around looking for the HIMAYA. Some of the best sun block I have used!
I’ve been meaning to email but time goes by so fast! I wanted to thank you for the samples of the sport sun block. This was the first year that I didn’t get blisters on my back. My family used it all week and they thought it was a great product as well. Thank you very much.