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Under organic standards, calves are separated from their mothers after birth, but are always kept in groups and must be given cow’s milk for their first 12 weeks. This cosmeceutical brand uses cold processes where possible, blending formulas at room temperature to avoid burning energy by heating ingredients. Instagram hit BYBI proves that it’s possible to make a beautiful-looking, highly covetable product without shafting the environment. “It’s only ethical if you don’t know what the downsides are,” says National Farmers’ Union dairy board member Phil Latham, who runs a dairy farm in Cheshire and separates his calves at one week. One expert estimates that around 400 dairy farms in Europe and Australia are trialling methods – varying widely from one farm to the next – for what is known as “calf at foot” systems. Cool girls’ favourite Bleach’s bottles will be 100% PCR by the end of this year; its cardboard and paper already are.