Sustainability Policy

How do we choose our suppliers?

We search extensively and on a continual basis for suppliers who care about craftsmanship and quality, and pay equal importance on their ethical standards and working practices. Our preference is for smaller cottage industry-type suppliers and skilled craftspeople rather than larger warehouse suppliers or factories. We also prefer traditional practices and true craftsmanship to modern 'fast-fashion' processes which can often be damaging to the environmental, wasteful in nature and unsustainable. We collaborate with artisans from around the world and will strive to support the continuation of these time-proven techniques.

The attention to detail and timeless beauty is unmistakable in these age-old crafts and makes it worthwhile even from an aesthetic point of view, from the handwoven detail in our towels to the organic look and feel of a hand-thrown dish.

What processes do we put in place to minimise waste?

We forecast our sales to avoid any excess product. Any products we are unable to sell we will donate to local charities.

How do we offset our carbon footprint?

We avoid excessive shipping of raw materials around the world where possible and source our raw materials as close to place of manufacture as we can. We commit to banning all single use virgin plastic in our products and packaging. We are continually striving to keep our carbon footprint low, and are researching eco-friendly forms of shipping. We prefer to curate products made from sustainable natural materials such as natural waxes, ceramics, cotton, linen and sustainable forest-friendly wood. The products we are developing in our apothecary are designed to be suitable for sustainable low carbon footprint packaging. Our office is paper-free and our use of paper in packaging and parcels and in general is minimised as much as possible.

Is our packaging sustainable?

All our packaging is recyclable, biodegradable or compostable. Our mailer boxes are made from recycled kraft paper which is 100% recyclable and completely biodegradable. Kraft paper is also incredibly strong which means that it can be reused for longer. Our tissue is also recycled and recyclable. We also use compostable filler to protect our products during shipping. 

What is our animal welfare policy?

We place equal measure on sustainability practises and good animal welfare practices. We  examine thoroughly our sources of animal-based raw materials. We source from suppliers who support standards of humane and responsible animal husbandry and positive sustainability. We will not tolerate any cruelty or mistreatment of animals, in the industry and otherwise. 

Where do we source our horn?

The horn is from nigerian cows and is a by-product of the food industry. Our supplier is Abbeyhorn, based in Worcestershire, England.

How do we source the leather for our collections?

We only use leathers that are a by-product of the food industry. 

Are our soaps suitable for vegans?

Yes, our soaps are suitable for vegans and we do not agree to animal testing on any of our products.

Are our soaps made sustainably?

Where possible, we source high quality, traceable ingredients in our soap. The essential oils used are high quality and fully traceable. Our process for making soap is developed to ensure less waste, as low a carbon footprint as possible and using sustainable practices and materials. 

Are our candles made sustainably?

Our candles are made from 100% beeswax, sourced from non-commercial hives, or 100% rapeseed. We believe these are the most sustainable candles we can find. The rapeseed is sourced in the EU, meeting GMO-free and sustainability EU standards. We will not use palm oil or soy wax simply for the risk these materials may pose in rainforest destruction.  We cannot be sure the called 'sustainable' RSPO palm oil is indeed helping to protect our rainforests so until we are certain, we will completely avoid using palm. We will continue to monitor the situation and our options for sustainable raw materials to ensure we are doing the best we can to support our fragile environment.

We tend not to sell own brand candles in glass jars simply to try to minimise our footprint and provide a more sustainable alternative to our customers - we do however sell a range of candles from local makers in glass and encourage our customers to return the glass to us which we will then return to the manufacturer for reuse.

You can find out more about our policies on our raw materials page.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please get in touch! We'd be happy to hear your point of view.

 'It's a braw day!'

Oor Wullie