A look towards sustainable development.
The Kalahari watermelon oil is bought from a cooperative in Namibia where around 3000 people work there, 95% of whom are women who come from a very poor region in the northern part of the country. By supporting this local production we help them improve their life conditions.
Inca Inchi is a plant from Peru that forms part of a program whose goal is the development of the country. On one hand, buying oil at a minimum price from its farmers guarantees stable income, which will go to construction and the maintenance of schools and infrastructure.
Furthermore, this plant that is native to the area and used as food and medicine, is included in the government's reforestation plans to fight against the deforestation of the Amazon.
Babassu is a plant that is found in some states in Brazil and under federal law, the people are allowed to grow it as much as they want in order to feed their families and contribute to the economy of their community. There are 600,000 women, organized in different associations, that grow and harvest it. The above- mentioned law aims to safeguard the Babassu tree, which is native to the area, prevent deforestation or the use of pesticides and other kinds of agricultural exploitations that are harmful to the country and environment.
The Calophylla is a wild plant that grows in Eastern Madagascar. We began buying it from local farmers through a cooperative system wherein the farmers would take the plant to the cooperative in exchange for a salary. This system was introduced in order to set up a regulated economic activity and teach its people how to harvest in a way that is responsible and respectful to nature. This will prevent plundering and will preserve the species that are part of the natural environment of the region.
Palm oil. The global need for food oils has been on the rise and it has given way to a system of growing this destructive plant, which contributes to deforestation. Although its use in cosmetics is very small (about 10%) compared to its other uses in the food industry or bio- diesel, on a small scale we buy palm oil for our emulsifying wax from a laboratory that subscribes to the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), a committee that was established to insure the sustainable development of palm oil. Those who subscribe to the RSPO combine their efforts into finding a common solution with the aim of demanding good exploitation practices in existing plantations, improving the use of new plantation surfaces as well as encouraging transparency on its production.
Another of our emulsifying waxes is made from wheat husk, which cannot be used as food, thus allowing us to take complete advantage of the whole plant. The greasy part that comes from the coconut oil is thrown away. The result is a product that does not have any toxic catalyst, is 100% biodegradable and respectful to the environment.
And in this same manner, a series of raw materials that have been cataloged as “bio” guarantees, through different certificates, rational or integrated cultivation, respect for the environment and dignified conditions for its farmers.