It’s Not Just What You Grow, It’s How You Grow It
Ethically-Sourced, Certified Fair Trade Ingredients
Dr. Bronner’s started sourcing certified organic ingredients for our products in 2000 out of a desire to support sustainable agriculture without synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. While this was a great first step towards sustainability, we realized that questionable pricing, wages and working conditions for farmers and workers producing our raw ingredients were not being addressed.
According to the pioneering Dr. Bronner’s, the top selling organic soap company, it’s not just what you grow it’s how you grow it! With the focus firmly on Fair trade in business this month, with Fairtrade Fortnight taking place in the UK between 23rd February – 8th March 2015, the family-owned Dr. Bronner’s is a shining example of how a fair trade business can be a successful one!
As well as sourcing certified, organic ingredients for their A-lister brand – Kate Hudson is a firm fan – Dr. Bronner’s are committed to sourcing their major raw materials from certified Fair trade and organic projects around the world that ensure fair prices, living wages and community benefits for farmers, workers and their families. Every time you purchase a Dr. Bronner’s soap, lotion or spray, you are supporting the more just and vibrant producer communities around the world.
A member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), the company has directly built, or partnered with, Fair trade projects in Sri Lanka, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico, Ecuador, Palestine, Israel, and Zambia, for Fairtrade organic coconut, palm, tea tree, avocado, jojoba and mint oils, as well as fair trade ethanol and beeswax. They are also supporting various Fairtrade schemes in North America too.
An estimated 10,000 people around the world benefit directly from Dr. Bronner’s various Fairtrade projects. To date, they have helped local communities by drilling fresh-water wells, setting up composting operations that improve farmers’ soils and incomes, renovating schools, purchasing medical equipment for local health clinics, and providing mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of malaria – to name just a few.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, with their 18-in1 uses, can be used to clean your face, your hair, your body and even your teeth. They are available in 9 varieties which include Peppermint, Lavender, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Almond, Tea Tree, Rose and unscented Baby Mild and contain no synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes or whiteners and use 100% post consumer recycled (PCR) cylinder bottles and paper labels. They are also certified by the Vegan Society UK – ensuring no animal testing or animal ingredients are used in Dr. Bronner’s products that carry the certification.
Think big and you will not only be helping to care for your skin but you will also be helping a good cause. If you buy the larger, value sized liquid soap (473ml and 946ml), Dr. Bronner’s will donate 20p for every bottle sold in the UK to support Compassion in World Farming (Compassion), the world’s leading farm animal welfare charity.