our supply chain
It can be challenging to source ethical ingredients in the skincare industry because of the absence of information from an ingredients' origin. However, we are dedicated to partnering with companies devoted to growing their business with the same honesty and integrity we use to design our products - with sustainability and compassion for all.
Using the United Nations sustainable development goals as our guide, we aim to source ingredients that come from suppliers who:
- meet fair pay for all employees
- reduce pay inequality
- support and give back to their local communities
- act to improve energy efficiency
- take action to help reduce the impact of climate change
- look after our ecosystems, protect our forests, and stop biodiversity loss
If they're not into sustainability, they can't sit with us.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Timor leste | Organically grown
Sourced from a Melbourne owned business, our coconut oil is sourced in Timor Leste, using an entirely female based workforce. Dedicated to providing women of the community with more job opportunities and equal pay to that of their male counterparts, our coconut supplier helps to empower women through paid employment offering virgin coconut oil that’s fresh, raw and harvested from wild coconuts (so you know it's free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, or chemicals.) What a lovely bunch of coconuts!
how we found them
Finding ethical suppliers is a big thing for us, however it's sometimes challenging. But as all truely good love stories, they found us. When we heard all the good things the Timor Leste Coconut farm were bringing about, working with them was a no brainer. We feel privileged to be able to support a company that’s actively trying to change Timorese culture for the better and we genuinely believe theirs is the best damn coconut oil out there.
They find the remotest regions in Timor Leste to set up small-scale coconut oil factories, which use minimal resources to run, and we make oil right there on the spot.
This means coconuts don't need to be sent to the city for processing. It all happens where the nuts are harvested. Keeping jobs and employment right there!
Our coconut supplier found that women generally make better use of limited finances, spending 80-90% of their income on supporting their families. So at its core, they strive to create a positive social change in Timor-Leste so their mission is to create sustainable income for rural Timorese women enabling them to empower their families and communities.
Our supplier is cruelty and palm oil free and believe that animals shouldn’t suffer in the making or production of any product, specifically their coconut oil.
Organic Cane Sugar
São Paulo | Certified organic producer
With a promise to ‘build with love for the earth and sustainability’, since its inception in 1946 in Sao Paulo, Native specialises in producing sugarcane and sugar with their own self-sufficient mills that are run through the energy burnt by sugarcane bagasse. In 1987 this company founded the ‘Green Cane Project’ in order to create a sustainable system of sugarcane production, also seeking to manifest all ecological and conservation potential of the crops.
how we found them
We were on the hunt for sugar cane that was certified organic and happened to come across Native which produces sugar in a way that tickled our hearts! Not only is our sugar carbon neutral and socially responsible but it is also produced using natural farming practices, meaning that the cane is planted using organic management and subjected to biological pest control before being harvested green (this preserves both the soil and the environment)!
Native also produces alcohol fuel - a clean and renewable source that is the only viable worldwide alternative to the use of fossil fuels by automotive vehicles. This is then used to help run their production plants aiding to lower their carbon emissions. However, their commitment isn’t only to the environment but to their community as well. In 2014, Native received an internationally recognised certification for Fair Trade Standards, meaning that they promote social development within the community.
Native has planted more than one million native trees in its bid to create ‘biodiversity islands’ among their sugar cane crops, resulting in the restoration of various animal habitats and the improvement of soil (their soil is now so rich it’s almost equal to that of a virgin tropical forest)! Due to these actions, Native have been able to generate conditions of environmental ease, allowing their business to coexist with 340 species of vertebrae animals, out of which 244 are rare such as pumas, maned wolves, and giant anteaters.
Australia | Certified organic
We source our sea salt from an Australian owned producer and refiner of natural sea salt that’s made and grown in Australia. They are. committed to Australian manufacturing and environmentally sustainable processes. Our supplier believes in working in natural harmony with the environment and understands that their salt fields provide important ecological habitats for birds and plants of special significance. Certified by the Australian Certified Organic on behalf of the Biological Farmers of Australia Ltd, Cheetham salt uses unique harvesting technology and prides themselves on their high-quality product and reliability.
how we found them
It was hard for us to overlook this company when it came to sourcing our sea salt, especially once knowing the work they do to give back to the communities they operate in. They make significant financial contributions to charities, schools and local sporting organisations and acknowledges that investing in the development of people will positively contribute to the wider community on a local level as well as on a national one too.
Our supplier is responsible for sensitive land including internationally recognised coastal wetlands and understands that this kind of environment can attract a whole variety of animals and other wildlife who rely on these ponds to survive. While they have an environmental license to operate, and are wholeheartedly committed to protecting the wildlife and allowing the various flora and fauna to thrive on their land. This company is also constantly reviewing their operations to reduce energy use and prefers to use the sun to evaporate water rather than relying on energy intensive machinery when producing salt.
Very active in its bid to reduce and control salinity in Australia because they know the impact it can have on our ecosystems. Our supplier works extensively with various environmental protection agencies to develop processes to recover the salt in some waste streams - aiming to reduce the amount of salt that is being sent into our landfills or discharged into waterways (this gets a big tick from us). Not only that, they are also committed to minimising their environmental impact by using methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and economically sound. This includes continuing to reduce waste through improved recycling systems in all of their manufacturing sites by diverting as much waste as possible into recycling streams.
Boy were these guys hard to find! But well worth it, our textiles supplier has become one of China’s leading creators and manufacturers of eco-responsible bags for cosmetics and travel. We knew we wanted to work with them because of their innovative approach to sourcing 100% plant-based fibres which help reduce the impact on the environment in the production process.
how we found them
Finding the right factory with a similar vision to us is a long and tiring process, and this was no exception. We wanted to partner with a factory we could trust and who was honest and transparent with us from day dot. We found the top-notch innovation and environmentally sustainable choices for materials and fibres.
Over the past 20+ years, our textile supplier has been dedicated to replacing mainstream fabrics with innovative natural and recycled materials, such as RPET, Bamboo Fiber, Banana Fiber, Pineapple Fiber and Pineapple Leather. Rivta also uses GRS certified 100% recycled cotton fabric, which is what we use for our drawstring gift bags. Their corporate vision is to reduce resource waste and environment pollution by producing bags with these special materials.
They strive to continuously become a bridge in helping and encouraging communities and businesses to ignite initiatives that can generate sustainable impact for the environment. Encouraging the term ‘Responsible’ as a core driving value of the three key factors: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Employees are paid above the local minimum wage and enjoy a number of benefits, with overtimes being paid at 200 - 300%. Work equality is showcased with an even divide of male and female employees with an equal ratio of men and women in leadership positions.
Australia | Organically grown
Our hemp suppliers partners with a number of different farmers to grow hemp around Australia. Working with farmers from across Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. The founders of our hemp have a passion for agriculture and an interest in developing a sustainable food source. What started out as an idea, has now grown into a successful business that aims to give back to the community in any way they can. By controlling all points of contact, this company can guarantee the quality and freshness of their hemp products (as you all know, we love product transparency).
how we found Aus Primary Hemp
Their commitment to supporting the local community was a key factor in our partnership. Along with their dedication to support the Australian farming economy by using 100% Aussie grown hemp, they also work to educate the next generation about hemp and is focused on selecting seeds according to soil type and location.
Not only is hemp a sustainable food source in itself but it can also be used to make around 25,000 other products such as skin care, medicine, clothing, building materials, biofuel, and plastic composites meaning there’s no part of the plant that goes to waste. Hemp also absorbs more CO2 per hectare than any other forest or commercial crop, meaning it helps to purify the air we’re breathing in (love that for us). As if that wasn’t enough, hemp plants also have taproots that clean the soil and prevent erosion all the whilst helping to eliminate man-made toxins from soil. Seriously is there anything this plant can’t do?!
100% Australian sown and grown means they focus on traceability, local sourcing, quality, taste and purity. They also control seed selection, growing, harvesting, processing and packaging (and everything else) to ensure the highest quality is maintained whilst actively promoting sustainable farming methods. This company has a strict control over every aspect of production from paddock to plate, testing their crops regularly before they end up in their warehouse to ensure the product is both chemical and residue-free, and that they’re meeting the highest ethical standards.
Australia | Fairtrade
Cultivated in 1897 and inspired by Queen Victoria’s love for vanilla (honestly girl, same), Queen Fine Foods has been synonymous with the best tasting and smelling vanilla essence for over 100 years. Proudly Australian owned, this company has strong ties with Vanilla growers all around the world and sees first hand how natural weather events can impact on the lives of the farmers that grow it. In the wake of a devastating cyclone that hit Madagascan Vanilla farms, Queen helped these farmers get back on their feet through education, training and funding in Papua New Guinea, and spend a lot of time and energy to ensure the Vanilla industry remains sustainable for many generations to come.
how we found Queens
Once we heard Queens’ were serious about sustainable practices by pioneering the production of palm oil free and certified organic Vanilla, it was a done deal. Queen’s continued commitment to integrating organic vanilla into all of its products allow us to trust not only the quality and purity of its vanilla but also the environmental responsibility this company feels towards ensuring their industry is a sustainable and ethical one.
With the drive to help the fellow industry around them, Queen began assisting Vanilla growers in Vava’u, Tongo in the hopes of reestablishing their once successful Vanilla industry. What started out as a program to assist 50 growers soon becomes a much bigger program that helps more than 300 Vanilla farmers and their families through funding, equipment and knowledge of the latest sustainable farming practices. We love the fact that this company is thinking about the future and encouraging the industry they work in to think about the planet and put mother nature first. Oh and they’ve also single-handedly bought Vava’u Vanilla back to the global market, so really, it’s a win win for everyone.
Being focused on the sustainable sourcing and practices of their Vanilla, Queen made it a priority to get their products made with Fairtrade certified Vanilla. This means that farmers receive a higher dollar value for their crops and improved terms of trade, also giving them the opportunity to improve their own lives and plan for the future. Helping to reduce poverty? Check. Giving employees fair wages? Check. Teaching younger generations about the importance of sustainability? Check, check, check.
San Paulo / Rainforest Alliance Certified
Coffee growers since 1890, our coffer suppliers specialise in the production of coffee in Pedregulho, a city in the interior of the State of Sao Paulo located in Alta Mogiana Region. This company uses selective, manual, mechanical harvesting as well as their modern milling center to produce coffee that is then shipped worldwide in what is a transparent, ethical and professional approach.
How we found them
From the beginning, our supplier has felt a commitment of responsibility towards the socio-cultural development of the community and to the environment in which the company operates, and it is for this reason that we chose to partner with them as our coffee supplier. Their dedication to help better the quality of life for their community and society in general was a big game changer for us, and the fact they are so transparent in their own practices made it easy for us to trust them wholeheartedly.
Our coffee supploer performs numerous projects that benefit many people and various organisations in the city. Some of these projects include helping with the Volunteer Program of Farm Workers, the Reforestation Project, The Family Garden as well as providing environmental conferences and training courses for employees and their families. Aside from their work within the community, this company also features more than 1.575 hectares of permanent preservation and are actively growing native forests, as well as conserving water springs that are responsible for 70% of the water they use in their day to day operation.
Along with their many sustainable practices, they use biofuels in all of their vehicles and dry husks from corn on mechanical dryers in order to reduce the emission of CO2 (how amazing)?!? They also reuse the water from coffee processing to grow bananas, resulting in an increase of organic inputs and microorganisms in the soil, turning it into an environmentally friendly cycle. Honestly, we couldn’t speak highly enough of this company and thank them for the work they’re doing to better this planet.
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