In an effort to be fully transparent and not bamboozle our customers with buzzwords and promises to devote a portion of profits to charities that may or may not ACTUALLY be using the money to help the planet (rather than exorbitant salaries for their board members), we’ve decided to give it to you straight.
As a home-studio-based business, we make every effort to care for the planet and be less wasteful, both as a business and a family.
To us, it's a lifestyle, not a slogan. We love plants and the healing they offer, so of course, we're going to do whatever we can, in our own small ways, to be responsible stewards of the land.
What we do to do our part
♻️ We fill all our curbside recycle bins to the max. If it can be recycled, we recycle it.
🥃 We use glass packaging for our moisturizers and sprays – unfortunately, there is no way to get around using a plastic spray pump – we’ve tried. Even the bamboo pumps have plastic internal mechanisms and we have yet to find a glass pump.
🧼 Our soap boxes are made from post-consumer, recycled, pressed, cardboard. The boxes are also recyclable and can be reused for cute gift ideas!
📦 We reuse all the shipping/packing material we receive from ordering supplies in our shipping to reduce waste.
♻️ When we run out of the above-mentioned reused shipping materials, we use post-consumer, recycled packing materials, not plastic bubble-wrap or Styrofoam peanuts (those things are terrible!).
♻️ Our re-usable cold shipping kits come with an insert to provide ideas on how to reuse them over and over again, to keep them out of the landfill.
🌱 We choose organically-grown whenever possible, over conventionally-grown. This helps reduce the use of pesticides during the farming of the ingredients we use (which also keeps toxins out of our skincare and off your skin).
🌍 We choose locally-grown or locally-produced whenever possible to help reduce our carbon footprint by preventing worldwide shipping when we can.
🐮 We source our suet from local, grass-fed, grass-finished farms that humanely raise their cows on green grass, sunshine, and plenty of space to live. No hormones, steroids, or antibiotics ever.
🌿 We purchase from companies that support environmental and plant-saving initiatives, even though their prices tend to reflect their mission (to us, paying more to ensure quality and integrity is a no-brainer).
⚗️Instead of using plastic pipettes to measure our essential oils, we recently switched to using reusable glass pipettes.
🗑️ Instead of using copious amounts of paper towels (ahhem…previously guilty as charged), we recently developed a system of using old rags to clean our equipment and pots after making products, then tossing them in the laundry with homemade laundry detergent (I mean…we really felt accomplished after coming up with that system!).
💡 Except for when our kids forget to, we turn off the lights when we aren’t in the room, unplug electrical equipment when not in use, and keep the thermostat at a “reasonable” temperature to reduce our energy consumption. (Except for when we’re making soap in the summertime – that pot is heavy, and we need not to be sweaty while making it!)
👨🏽🌾 We support farmers markets, close the blinds in the heat of the day, wear sweaters around the house in winter to keep the heat down, pick up litter around the community regularly, walk and ride bikes whenever possible, and take the train into the city instead of driving our car.
🌎 And although this isn't a "sustainable" practice, we take our kids out in nature, encourage them to climb (and hug) trees, dig in the dirt, forage for blackberries, say thank you to the plants that we harvest for healing/food, and do our best to instill in them a love for nature, so that when they grow up, they also take on the values of being stewards of the land as well. We think this is very important.
As you can see, as a business, we continue to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and prevent waste and as a family, we strive to take care of the land we live on and share those values with the next generation.
As we grow, we intend on developing even more ways to be sustainable and connect with local non-profits that give back in meaningful, tangible ways, to our mother earth and the children of our community.
While we may not yet have the ability to donate to certain causes, or set up non-profits to further our causes, for the time being, we are doing what we feel we can do in order to do our part.