How well do the processes inherent in the manufacturing, packaging and distribution of this product sustain nature?Biospherically Correct
Coconuts fall from trees when fully mature so harvesting does not harm the palm. Our oil is processed using a simple chemical free method of extraction with easily learnt skills, making it ideal for small rural island communities. Coconuts are opened using a machete (a traditional practice), the fresh coconut meat is scooped out and shredded before being placed on extraction tables. The oil flows naturally due to a low heat source from underneath the tables. In this way all the natural goodness and flavour of the coconut is retained.
Where possible, materials used for packaging and labelling are capable of bio-intergrating back into the environment as part of our 'cradle to cradle' philosophy. Labels are made from recycled paper and printed with vegetable inks. All of our self adhesive labels are made to be compostable and our printers participate in the Enviro Mark NZ Programme, currently reaching Bronze certification. We use glass jars and PLA plastic(750ml bulk bottle- in warm water oil becomes a liquid and is used to refill smaller jars (this does not harm the oil) as part of an environmentally friendly reuse/refill system. Polylactic acid plastic (PLA) is made from renewable, biodegradable cornstarch which breaks down into water or organic matter. During manufacture and decompostion no toxic gases are used or produced.The ongoing everyday logistical issues and the associated reliance on fossil fuels represents an area for improvement. We look for such improvement to help raise our skin care range to a 2nd Generation Biospherically correct product in the future.