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Our Sustainability Commitment

 

Environmental sustainability is our foundation, driving all our decisions as a company.

Organic Growing Practices
We grow using organic practices, and then some. What this means is we don't use any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or additives whatsoever. We grow all our herbs from organic seed in our greenhouse or harvest them wild from our property.

Composting
We compost all organic matter on the farm possible. Composting is a critical sustainability measure that not only keeps food waste from the landfill, but turns it into rich organic matter used to build soil fertility.

Healthy soil is the foundation upon which our farm runs; we would not have vibrant herbs and flowers without it. Compost is a wonderful way to feed and nurture the soil that provides so much for us. We are also proud to be part of the only ~5% of the 39 million tons of food waste that is diverted from the landfill and composted (source).

Sustainable Water Management
In 2019, we began experimenting with "dry farming," which means we do not irrigate at all once we've transplanted our herbs into the field from the greenhouse. Our high water table coupled with strategic timing of planting has afforded us great success in hot Tennessee summers with this method.

When we do have a need for watering: raising our herb seedlings in our greenhouse or if we ever irrigate the fields, 100% of our water comes from a natural spring on our property.

Passive Solar
Our greenhouse where we nurture & grow our young herb seedlings is heated using only the heat from the sun - no fossil fuels required! The way this works is our greenhouse is south facing and contains several large food-grade barrels filled with water that are lined up along the northern wall. The sun heats the barrels during the day, and the barrels retain this heat and slowly make the heat available to the plants in the greenhouse throughout the night. More often than not, when it's a sunny day, it gets *too* hot in the greenhouse, so we open the doors and sides to ventilate.

This is where we really shine. Since 2018, we have grown our own organic herbs to use in our products. Our goal is for 100% of the herbs used in our products to be sourced from our land, and we are on our way with each season that passes.

Some of the herbs we grow that make an appearance in various products:

Calendula
Yarrow
Tulsi/Holy Basil
Comfrey
Elderflower
Plantain
Chamomile
Nettle
Lavender

Our herbs, oils, butters, beeswax, and essential oils are all as local, organic, potent, and safe for you and the environment as we can get them. Nearly all of our ingredients are certified organic, which means they have been grown/raised without the use of synthetic chemicals.  

Our skincare packaging is primarily glass. We do our best to minimize plastic as much as possible. Most containers are recyclable and can also be reused by our consumers in creative ways.

In 2020, we fully replaced plastic lip balm & deodorant tubes with eco-friendly biodegradable paperboard tubes.

In early 2022, we will replace our plastic cream, face mask, & toner lids with more environmentally-friendly metal lids.

Our order packing & shipping system is plastic-free. We wrap all products in recycled & recyclable Kraft paper and ship in recyclable cardboard boxes. We use plastic-free water-activated paper shipping tape, as opposed to the common plastic shipping tape. This is not only a positive environmental choice on the front-end, but it makes recycling easier on the backend. It can be recycled with our cardboard boxes as opposed to needing to be removed parior to recycling.

We deliver orders to the post office typically 1x/week, minimizing trips to the post office and combining with other trips to reduce our footprint as much as possible.

We strive to reduce our waste as much as possible. What this looks like:

  • Minimizing use of plastic - in our packaging, production process, & shipping.
    • Containers made from glass and biodegradable cardboard.
    • Reusable, durable utensils & tools for formulating products.
    • 100% biodegradable gloves made with Eco Best Technology® for formulating products.
    • Plastic-free shipping tape.
    • Mindful reuse & recycling:

You've probably heard of the "3 Rs" - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." We do our best to take things a couple steps further by rethinking, reimagining, and repurposing before we get to the other three. Of course, when we aren't able to reuse or repurpose, we recycle everything that's recyclable.

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