"We believe it's the RESPONSIBILITY of EVERY company to consider the environmental impact of their operation...
...and work tirelessly to reduce their foot print"
Eco Friendly OPS & Ingredients
We believe health isn't the only necessary consideration when developing a responsible brand. Skin care is a massive industry expected to reach 150 billion dollars annually by 2020. The use of toxic chemicals, unsustainable ingredients and virgin packaging in a gigantic industry has gigantic impacts on our environment. We live on a finite planet with an increasing demand for resources. Implementing a truly sustainable operation is the only way to responsibly move forward. Every detail of our operation is designed to minimize environmental impact. All paper products are made from 100% recycled and biodegradable material, even the smallest things like our receipt paper is 100% recycled, bpa free and biodegradable. Our plastic containers are made from 100% BPA free, post consumer material. Your get the idea. The list goes on and on.
We don't adopt the out of sight, out of mind mentality. We consider the impact of our products and operations from seedling to disposal. We don't use palm oil or any ingredient that has a reputation for questionable cultivation or harvesting methods. We only use certified organic plant oils and herbs who's farming methods have minimal impact on our planet.
-All Paper products are made from 100% recycled material
(Soap Boxes, Paper Labels, Shopping Bags, Receipt Paper [BPA FREE], Printing Material, Business Cards)
-Black Plastic Jars made from 100% PIR (post industrial resin)
(Body Salve, Face Cream, Cream Face Cleanse, Bulk Oils)
-Functional Tea Packaging is made with rice paper
-Returned jars (glass or plastic) are used as succulent planters and resold. 10% of all Sales from succulents (planted in recycled jars) is allocated to conservation efforts throughout Colorado Springs.
Environmentally Responsible Shipping
As e-commerce continues to grow, products are being shipped to doorsteps around the world. The convenience and options of e-commerce are truly amazing for consumers and businesses. However, we must consider the impact that each product will have on our environment.Take a look at the numbers below to get an idea of how many shipments are being made every day.
Global Stats for Major Shipping Companies
According to a study conducted by Statisticbrain.com
15.8 million packages / day UPS
3.3 million packages / day FedEx
563 million mail pieces / day USPS
HOLY CRAP... Even when you only consider UPS and FedEX packages, roughly 6.97 BILLION packages are shipped each year. Thats 6,970,000,000 packages. Now consider the roughly 205,500,000,000 pieces of mail (letters and packages) that USPS ships each year. These numbers are hard to comprehend. Anyways, the point here is, the shipping industry requires a lot of paper / boxes. Using eco-friendly shipping supplies can make a HUGE difference in our resources consumption.
What Are We Doing About it ?
Well, we don't think NOT shipping stuff is the best, or a sane option. We just need to be smart about how we ship. We only use biodegradable boxes made from 100% recycled material (post consumer and post industrial) to ship all products from Whole Body Apothecary headquarters. All packaging (void fill) inside our boxes is made from 100% recycled or reused materials.
2% For Conservation Projects
2% of revenue (all sales) is dedicated to projects focusing on preservation of the outdoors. We are working closely with groups in our local communities and across the country to keep the outdoors beautiful, appreciated and accessible. Shopping with Gaia Body Works and Whole Body Apothecary is not only a good way to reduce your footprint, it's actively contributing to conservation projects.
The Importance of Leaving a Small Footprint
A Rant About Our Currant State Of Corporatocracy and Profiteering
It's no longer a conspiracy that humanity is destroying this planet for corporate gain. Profiteering is aggressively pursued at the expense of social and environmental sustainability. The sustainable option is not always cheapest or easiest, but when did we decide a few dollars is more important than the preservation of our home (Earth)? When did mass, cheap production of palm oil become more important than the rain forest and indigenous species who live there? When did saving a few bucks become more important than the livelihood of impoverished workers.
These reality is, many products are wiping out resources and introducing devastating toxicity to world around us. From chemical biocides in crop cultivation and the over use of water to slave labor, the practices some companies employ are ethically unfathomable and should be considered criminal.
We're all living together on this planet, not independent of anything else. Everything we need to survive comes from everything around us. Not caring about how a product effects our plant is not caring about anybody or anything else on it. There is no black hole in the middle of the ocean absorbing all the toxic chemicals and trash we produce. It all stays right here with us. It won't be long (especially relative to the life of our planet) before we're buried in our own crap. At that point, dollar bills will be nothing more that a fancy design on a special piece of paper.
Be a part of the change. Shop responsibly everyday for every product.
The Only Way Forward
We do not employ an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality. We consider the impact of every detail in our operation from start to finish. If capitalism is to move forward, we must address the wasteful and careless operation of corporate profit jockeys.
"Eco-friendly companies must be the future. We cannot continue taking so much with so little regard."