Badger Honored with a NEXTY Gold at Natural Products Expo West, New Reef Safe Sunscreen also wins for Best New Natural Kid’s Product

Manufacturer of mineral sunscreens and organic personal care products celebrated for its outstanding standards and transparency and for creating game-changing and inspiring products in the natural/organic CPG market

Gilsum, New Hampshire, UNITED STATES

Gilsum, New Hampshire, April 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- W.S. Badger Co, a manufacturer of natural and certified organic personal care products and a certified B Corporation, is one of only two winners of the prestigious New Hope Network’s 2019 NEXTY Gold Award given at the annual Natural Products Expo West held March 5-9 in Anaheim, Calif.  The company’s newly launched reef safe SPF 40 Kids Clear Zinc Sunscreen Cream, which debuted at the show, also won for Best New Natural Kid’s Product. 

“The natural product industry is ground zero for innovative, sustainably focused companies,” says Rebecca Hamilton, Co-CEO and second generation family owner at W.S. Badger Co. “We are truly honored to be recognized in this industry for consistently leading the way through our mission-based approach to product development and community-oriented business practices.”

NEXTY Gold Award winners are selected by New Hope Network’s content team and awarded during the annual Hall of Legends ceremony to brands that continue to impress year after year with products that truly move the mission of the natural products industry forward, disrupt the status quo and make the world a healthier, better place. Since 2017, only four other brands have won NEXTY Gold Awards: Gaia Herbs (2019), Back to the Roots (2018), REBBL and Lotus Foods (2017).

“The companies that are recognized with our NEXTY Gold Awards are those that continue to innovate with healthy products that solve consumer needs, and they do so while upholding their company missions that exemplify business standards for transparency, sustainability and people-focused operations,” says Jessie Shafer, content director at New Hope Network and one of the NEXTY judges.

In addition to the NEXTY Gold, Badger’s new SPF 40 Kids Clear Zinc Sunscreen Cream was one of 23 winners of the coveted NEXTY Awards given on the Expo show floor on Thursday, March 9, 2019. Products receiving the award display the utmost in innovation, integrity and inspiration and help forward the work of the industry to deliver more healthful, trusted and sustainable goods to consumers.

“With the FDA recently announcing new proposed regulations governing sunscreen safety and recognizing mineral sunscreens as a safer option for sun protection, this award is timely,” continues Hamilton. “Badger launched its first sunscreen in 2005, and not a year goes by that we’re not seeking ways to improve on our already incredibly high standards for ingredients, safety, effectiveness, and aesthetics. We’re thrilled and honored to have our efforts and hard work recognized by the industry.”

“These 23 products represent the future of the natural products industry where sustainability and transparency are the norm,” says Shafer. “Our industry can have a huge influence on how big manufacturers and mainstream buyers think about consumer-packaged goods. The winners of our NEXTY awards inspire change and integrity in everything from ingredients to packaging.”

Badger’s new SPF 40 Kids Clear Zinc Sunscreen Cream, which is available at natural retailers, national Co-ops and Natural Grocers, Sprouts and online at, retails for $16.99. Badger is an FDA registered manufacturer offering sixteen SKU’s of reef safe mineral sunscreens (sport, active and daily) for babies, kids, and adults.

About W.S. Badger

Badger is a family run and family-friendly company that has been making healthy products for people and the planet since 1995. It was twenty-three years ago that Bill Whyte, a carpenter at the time, created a single, simple balm that today has grown into a global business with over one hundred natural and organic products, ranging from lip and body balms to hair oils, bug repellents, and award-winning mineral sunscreens. Badger is equally known for its unique company philosophy, pioneering family-friendly benefits, and B Corp community engagement, all of which has earned it numerous awards and recognition, including landing a spot on Forbes’ “Small Giants 2017: America’s Best Small Companies” list.

Badger has been a certified B Corp since 2011 and in 2015 became one of New Hampshire’s first businesses to register legally as a Benefit Corporation, a for-profit status that incorporates the pursuit of positive environmental and social impact in addition to profit. For more information, visit Badger at and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


W.S. Badger Co wins a NEXTY Gold, and its reef safe mineral sunscreen wins a 2019 NEXTY Award for Best New Natural Kid's Product

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