Ecovana is Canadian based environmentally conscious company, committed to quality, ethical practices, animal cruelty-free, and eco-friendly products to eliminate single-use plastic. We are also proud active members of RCO (Recycling Council of Ontario).
The spark of Ecovana ignited after years of frustration with Canada's outdated, flawed recycling system. It all began while working in a Sales position at a Plastic reprocessing company in Windsor, Ontario. After conducting various waste audits in industrial manufacturers factories, and recycling centers; witnessing millions of pounds of plastics making it's way to the landfill took it's toll. Living with the guilt weighed heavily to push for a solution.
Our founder and CEO, Andrea Descargar, has over 6 years of plastics recycling and waste management experience. She has successfully developed and executed several projects such as "Zero Waste in Industrial Manufacturing", "Plastics Scrap Recycling Programs", and is an active member of the first ECAT 2020 (Essex Climate Change Team). She is determined to shake up the recycling industry in North America, steering the way to a zero waste utopia.
Photo credit: Andrea Descargar in Cancun Mexico December 2019
Why do we need to make the change to more eco-friendly products? Simply because we're putting our environment, future, and wildlife at risk suffering for hundreds of years, only for minutes of use.
We are a brand built on the foundation of determination improve the environment, and pushing forward to make a change in the current Canadian recycling systems.
The above photo was taken on a morning stroll along the beach of Mexico of December 2019. It has since then been a burning image to create solutions and products that will eliminate the use of single-use plastic in all areas of our lives.
Our packaging is designed, recycled, and printed ethically in Canada. We even reuse packaging from our suppliers to pack your orders. We believe in small changes making a big difference.
"Packaging is the largest contributor to plastic pollution around the globe. Only 9% of recyclables actually are recycled." We aim to set the standards for other brands to rethink their carbon footprint by designing sustainable packaging we can dispose of guilt-free.
All defective, and damaged products are recycling in an industrial facility to ensure it has zero negative impact on our environment and landfills. They are shredded into plastic regrind forms to be reused by the next end user, creating new products.
Ethical and Sustainable Manufacturers only
We spend a great deal of our resources to thoroughly vet our manufacturers and suppliers prior to creating new products. Our product manufacturers require a tour facility and video call to learn who is behind the scenes of creating our products.
We ask each individual creating our products the following:
- What's your least/most favorite part of the job or work environment?
- How often are you paid, and do feel like it is a fair wage for the work that you do?
- Do you ever have to work overtime, if so are is it voluntarily?
Questions for our manufacturers/suppliers:
- What do you do with any excess off production material?
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you available for a quarterly meeting by phone/video/in-person? (We also let them know we require access to be able to drop in without notice).
All partners, manufacturers, and suppliers require the following. No exceptions:
- Animal cruelty-free
- Eco-friendly practices
- Fair wages
- Full transparency of origin of materials
- Health Canada Certifications on all Natural Hair Care Products