About safety and environmental friendliness
About our products.
- Q：Do you manufacture your products in Japan? A： All of our products are made in Japan. We have three factories: Sumida Factory (Sumida-Ku, Tokyo), Fujikawaguchiko Factory (Kawaguchiko-Cho, Yamanashi) and Fujiyoshida Factory (Fujiyoshida-Shi, Yamanashi).
Q：What kind of inspection do you perform in connection with the problem of radioactive substances, and how do you deal with it?
If radioactive substances derived from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in 2011 could be detected in Matsuyama’s products, if any, they are raw materials and packing materials.
With regard to water, among all materials, our Sumida Factory (in Tokyo) uses tap water of Tokyo as raw water, and our Fujikawaguchiko Factory (in Yamanashi Prefecture) uses underground water pumped up from 200 m below ground. The Bureau of Waterworks of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Town of Fujikawaguchiko regularly measure radioactive substances and release the results on their websites. We keep a close watch on this data, news reports, etc. and confirm that the waters are safe to use. Most raw material plants, from which extracts, oils, and fats are taken, are distributed as food. Since the aforementioned accident, we have investigated the areas (prefectures) of origin of raw materials using plants of Japanese origin, including wildflowers and natural vegetation, and used them after confirming that they do not fall under the “items and areas covered by inspection plans, delivery restrictions, etc.” established by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. If any raw material falling under these items or areas is found, we (1) immediately switch it to a raw material of another origin, or (2) if no alternative raw material is available, use the raw material concerned after confirming that the raw material manufacturer investigated it for radioactive materials and considered it safe to use. Raw materials include clayey substances, such as kaolin and bentonite. These substances can be obtained from deep points under ground, and there is little chance that radioactive substances are detected from them. Even so, we investigate and confirm these substances as in the case of raw material plants as mentioned above before use. Packing materials are manufactured in an indoor isolated, controlled environment, and we determine that they are not contaminated by radioactive substances at all at present. In our product manufacturing process, all products are also manufactured in an indoor, controlled environment, and there is little chance that radioactive substances released into the air are contained in our products. Matsuyama continues to collect correct information and take appropriate actions to provide customers with products that are safe for them to use.
[Reference]Views of the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association about the safety of cosmetics etc.
- Q：Do you test on animals? A： No, we do not conduct any kind of animal testing in the process of making products. Also, we do not outsource animal testing to other facilities. Our products are tested on our own staff and external collaborators.
- Q：Are your products highly biodegradable in the form of drainage? A： Matsuyama’s products do not adversely affect the environment. We preferentially select blended ingredients that do not impose excessive stress on the environment and are highly biodegradable. We think that “highly degradable” means two stages – final biological decomposition (100% decomposition) and biological decomposition to such a level acceptable to the environment. Final biological decomposition means the transformation of organic substances into carbon dioxide, water, or inorganic salt or into substances present in the general metabolic process inside the bodies of microorganisms. Biological decomposition to such a level acceptable to the environment means the decomposition of organic substances to such a level that they do not foam in the river, cause harm to aquatic organisms, or show any properties that are undesirable to the environment. The soap products, which are the main line of Matsuyama’s products, will be decomposed 100% into water and carbon dioxide in about two weeks at the longest (the period depends on the condition of the water, such as the number of microorganisms present in it).