What does 8-free really mean? We get that question a lot, so we started the Green Glossary. The Green Glossary explains the terms that you see with our healthy nail products. Along with its definition, we’ve also shown how it works in with our line of natural nail care products. We know you like knowing what’s in our nail polish extender and top coat. So we’ve made it easy to see what you’re actually using.

Have questions about our healthy nail products? Feel free to visit our FAQ page for more about how to use our products, wholesale information, and more. If you still have questions, or just want to chat about our products, feel free to visit our ‘Contact’ page or send us a message! We want you to know everything about our natural nail care products, so you can feel confident in making the switch to 8-free nail care. Being green and eco-friendly with our nail polish extender and other products is easy with Polston & Co!

  • Biodegradable

    What it means: after disposal, the product will decompose into its basic elements that mother nature can reabsorb into the biosphere.

    What you should know: our products and paper packaging are biodegradable.  Specifically, our film-forming acrylate copolymers will biodegrade in aerobic conditions (in the presence of circulating air) such as might exist in a mulched garden, for instance, or a mountain stream.

  • Botanical

    What it means: having been created with ingredients obtained from a plant.

    What you should know: our organic moisturizing argan oil is derived from the Argan Tree.

  • Compostable

    What it means: all the materials in the product or package which are compostable will degrade into usable compost in a timely manner in a composting program or facility, or in a home compost pile or device.

    What you should know: our products and paper packaging are compostable.

  • Cruelty-Free

    What it means: developed and manufactured without any testing or experimentation on animals.

    What you should know: we have never tested, nor will we ever test, our products on animals directly or through third-party laboratories.

  • Eco-Friendly

    What it means: not harmful to the environment.

    What you should know: our products, packaging, and manufacturing process are eco-friendly

  • Environmentally Friendly

    What it means: a term used to refer to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies claimed to inflict minimal or no harm to the environment.

    What you should know: Polston & Co is an environmentally friendly company.  Our chemistry is based in water-based technology and our manufacturing department uses every opportunity to reduce our use of electricity and fuels in our drive towards maximum sustainability.

  • Glass Recycling

    What it means: glass bottles and jars can be recycled endlessly. That means that unlike some other recycled products, a recycled bottle can be recycled into another glass bottle.

    What you should know: our products are bottled in glass, which is recyclable, again and again…..

  • Green Chemistry

    What it means: a field of chemistry that uses safe, simple and efficient chemistry technologies to develop and manufacture products.

    What you should know:  green products like ours demand the use of green chemistry in the development of every product we sell.

  • Greenwash

    What it means: deceiving the consumer regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.

    What you should know: Polston & Co has been involved in shifting the paradigm of paint technology and more recently nail polish for more than 20 years.  We have no need for greenwashing and we have never engaged in anything but environmentally friendly product development and manufacturing.

  • Natural

    What it means: existing in nature, coming from plant-based materials, abundant minerals, or water.

    What you should know: our products are primarily based in water-based technology.  We will be offering a natural cuticle oil derived from plant based ingredients soon.

  • Non-toxic

     What it means: a product or ingredient that will not cause an adverse health effect in normal use.

    What you should know: ALL of our products are non-toxic.

  • Organic

    What it means: relating to carbon-based chemistry as opposed to inorganic chemistry which relates to mineral-based chemistry.

    What you should know:  our products are formulated using organic chemistry.

  • Recycling

    What it means: something that can be collected from the trash and used again.  A ‘recyclable’ claim must clearly state whether it applies to a product’s packaging, the product itself, or both.

    What you should know: our bottles and packaging are recyclable.

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

    What it means:  liquids which emit vapors that may damage our atmosphere when exposed to sunlight.

    What you should know: our water-based products do not contain VOCs.

  • Water-based

    What it means:  having water as a main constituent.

    What you should know: our products utilize water-based technology.