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July 22, 2020
When we decided to grow Our Heart & Co., we set high expectations for ourselves. Not only did we want to be successful, but we incorporated sustainability and social responsibility into our definition of success. Lets face it; business isn’t always great for the environment. The collection of raw materials, the carbon footprint left by shipping, and waste that is produced by spent packaging are only some of the things we considered at the outset of our experiment in sustainable business.
We imagine a lot of business owners ask a few simple questions before they release a new product, something along the lines of “can we get it cheaper?” For us, the questions are never-ending. With every new product or vendor we consider, we ask ourselves if we can get it closer to home, if there’s a biodegradable option, if the product is organic, if it’s natural, etcetera, etcetera. We made a promise to ourselves and our customers never to cut corners - it’s just not in our blood.
But why do we care about these things specifically? Does it really matter if our organic base oils come from California or overseas, or does it matter if something you put in a diffuser is organic? Absolutely. According to Transport & Environment, Europe's leading NGO campaigning for cleaner transport, shipping could represent approximately 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at current growth trends. Organic agriculture reduces the use of non-renewable energy sources, reduces pollution of aquifers due to the lack of fertilizer, and fosters stable ecosystems.
While we’re proud of the way that we try to shrink our footprint, it still isn’t enough. We are just one small business and we can’t make the change we want to see on our own. For that reason we teamed up with 1% For The Planet in July 2020. We are excited to be part of a community of like minded businesses committed to giving back a share of our success to the Earth.
We work hard to be the easy choice for sustainable skin-care and wellness products, but we need our customer’s help. Show us the unique ways that you reuse our packaging on Instagram with the hashtag #ourheartourplanet and tagging us @ourheartco so we can see! Keep us honest if you feel that there’s something we can do better. We may never be perfect, but that certainly doesn’t mean we will ever give up the fight. We continually reassess our business practices, and we would love to hear from you about what we can do to improve!
Click on the Contact Us link to give us some feedback on how you would like to see Our Heart & Co. do better for our shared planet!
August 18, 2020
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