The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also know as the Global Goals are are a set of 17 goals which were agreed by world leaders in 2015. They are a call to action for governments, businesses, organisations and individuals around the world to tackle the biggest global problems that we face today, such as inequality, poverty, the destruction of life on land and in the sea and climate change, in order to create a better and more sustainable future for the planet and all of us who are living on it by 2030.
We have made a commitment to work towards these goals.
Although some are more relevant to our business than others, we recognise that all of the goals are vitally important and that none of them function in isolation. Any one action may contribute to a number of goals. We also recognise that some of the steps we are taking may seem too tiny to make a difference. However, one step inevitably leads to another and we believe that no business or individual is too small to be a force for good. And after all, if we don't try to make a difference, how can we expect others to?
To find out more information about each goal plus specific targets, global progress to date, events and publications please click on each picture below and you will be taken to the UN website. It's an enlightening read!
The goals that we have chosen to focus on and the actions we are taking to support them are outlined below.
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
we make products which gently cleanse, nourish and soothe the skin, leaving it feeling healthy and happy. Our fragrances are created by blending essential oils which not only smell lovely but have their own therapeutic properties for mind and body. Using our products makes you feel good!
we never use artificial colours or fragrances, petro-chemicals, synthetic foaming agents & detergents or preservatives which can be irritating to skin. Instead we use plant oils and butters, herbs, spices, flowers and clays to create products which are kind to skin and can be very beneficial to sensitive and irritated skin.
our products are made from predominantly organic ingredients - those that are grown without the use of GMOs, synthetic fertilisers and herbicides thus reducing the number of chemicals that can end up on the skin and get absorbed by the skin into the body.
Goal 4: Quality Education
Raising awareness of the issues of sustainability is vital if things are to change. We aim to promote sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles by:
providing links to the UN SDG pages on our website
promoting a sustainable lifestyle by giving information about our products, processes, ingredients and how we are trying to be more sustainable, and providing information about natural skincare and tips for eco-friendly living. We do this through our website, social media, order slips, blog and monthly newsletter and by giving talks to local community groups.
We also know that learning never ends and we are committed to continue our own learning about sustainability, energy efficiency, ethical practices and so on. In February 2020 I completed the foundation module of Green Champion training provided by Zero Waste Scotland. I aim to complete more modules before the end of this year. I am a member of the Ethical Hour Business Community where I access training on business and sustainability.
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Our energy supplier provides electricity from 100% renewable sources and carbon neutral gas - this means they offset the emissions from the gas they supply by supporting carbon reduction projects around the world.
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Our products are multi-functional. This means that consumers need to buy fewer products, cutting down on resource use, packaging and waste.
Our products are designed to last. Because our oils & creams are anhydrous - this means they contain no water - their benefits are not diluted and it means a little goes a long way.
We produce all our products in small batches which ensures freshness and also means that we rarely have surplus.
In 2020 we joined the #shopethicalinstead campaign on social media, to promote sustainable consumption as a responsible alternative to Black Friday. We also joined the Vegan Traders month challenge to promote vegan businesses.
We are taking steps to reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling. Please see our Circular Economy page for more information about how we do this. One of the things we do is reuse packaging from family, friend, colleagues and customers. Sometimes it isn't possible to find a suitable box and so we do buy some cardboard boxes but the vast majority of our orders are sent out in pre-loved packaging. So far since opening our online store we have saved over 500 boxes from a trip to the recycling centre and sent them on one more journey by Royal Mail. We have also reused piles of brown packaging paper, tissue paper and boxes of bio-degradable packing peanuts.
We have a return scheme for our glass jars and bottles, which we take back, clean, sanitise and reuse. The number of items we have reused has reached 120. This is quite a small number so far but we will increase this as more stockists become involved and with more publicity.
Everything you will find in our products, except for the clays and pumice stone in some of our soaps, comes directly from plants with minimal processing.
We use organic ingredients where possible which reduces the risk of environmental pollution. Organic ingredients are grown without GMOs, synthetic fertilisers and herbicides on farms where wildlife and biodiversity is protected.
It is important to us that the sourcing of our ingredients does not contribute negatively to natural habitats, local communities and wildlife and we always try to support those who are producing crops & oils in a responsible way.
We prefer to work with suppliers and distributors who have a similar ethos to us and we will continue to seek out and switch suppliers where necessary.
Goal 14: Life below Water
Plastic pollution is having a devastating affect on our environment, particularly in our oceans. We avoid the use of single use plastic wherever possible in the running of our business and in our manufacturing processes. where we do use or receive plastic, our first goal is to reuse it where we can and then to recycle if possible.
Since beginning to sell shampoo bars we have prevented over 1300 plastic bottles from entering the waste stream and potentially ending up in our oceans (based on one bottle of shampoo not being bought for every bar we have sold, donated or used).
Goal 15: Life on Land
We have never and will never use any animal ingredients or animal derived ingredients in our products. As committed vegans we do our very best to ensure that not only the products we make, but also the products and processes we use in the business are vegan friendly.
None of our products has ever or will ever be tested on animals by us or on behalf of us. We are also careful to buy ingredients for our products which have not been tested on animals, from suppliers who do not test on animals or commission tests to be carried out by a 3rd party.
We are certified by PETA as animal test-free and vegan and endorsed by Naturewatch Foundation as Cruelty Free.
We are vegans primarily because we do not wish to cause harm to animals. However, it is widely recognised that the meat industry is a major contributor to environmental degradation. We gently promote a vegan lifestyle through our branding, website and social media posts.
It is important to us that the sourcing of our ingredients does not contribute negatively to natural habitats, local communities and wildlife and we want to support those who are producing crops & oils in a responsible way. This is why we choose organic and fair trade ingredients where possible.
This applies to the sourcing of our palm oil and we are proud to have recently become a Brand Partner of Palm Done Right - an organisation which supports farmers in Ecuador to transition to sustainable, organic palm production, The oil is certified Organic, Fair trade and Sustainable at the highest level which means it is not mixed with non sustainable oil and is fully traceable back to the growers in Ecuador. The farmers and producers are treated and paid fairly for their oil, communities are supported and empowered and the environment and the wildlife are protected by the use of organic farming practices and a No Deforestation policy.
The world needs trees. At the moment we are looking into different tree-planting organisations with a view to donating. We will update this page and let you know when we have made a decision about which one to support.