It’s that time of year again where we start thinking about the Christmas shopping. We are all looking for a good deal, a bargain, the ideal gift.
But what are we actually buying? Where did it come from? Who made it? How was it grown? How many people were involved it’s creation and how were they treated? How much were they paid? What is the item’s carbon footprint?
Enough of the mindless purchasing of gifts just to get the job done. These questions make us conscious shoppers.
As an Independent Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic I’m passionate about the ethics and ethos of my business. The products and gift boxes I sell encourage a more holistic way of health, beauty and wellbeing.
Here’s a few areas highlighting why shopping with me is such a great choice…
We believe in “Soil Not Oil” and protect the planet by using sustainably-sourced organic ingredients, grown from healthy soil, free from oil-based fertilisers and preservatives.
We work hard to minimise our impact on the environment
Throughout our Christmas Gift range, we use Carbon Balanced Paper and were awarded the very first World Land Trust (WLT) Certificate in doing so. By choosing Carbon Balanced Paper we have balanced, through the WLT, the equivalent of 17.4 tonnes of CO2 so far, preserving 815m2 of critically threatened tropical forest.
In addition, by using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper and card in our other gifts and printed materials we are further helping to protect the world’s forests.
We grow many of the organic herbs at the eco-factory in Peacemarsh, Dorset, and Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire. This gives us zero-transport miles!
We are a Carbon Neutral company, and our eco-factory has 200m2 of solar panelling installed!
People Helping People
We also make sure we know the origins of every herb and ingredient we use.
Trading fairly we build strong, sustainable relationships with our suppliers, some of whom have been with us for the last 30 years.
We are changing the lives of women in Northern Kenya by trading FairWild certified organic frankincense, bringing rare and valuable income to the women of the Samburu Tribe.
We believe in people helping people: our Fairtrade rooibos comes from small-scale growers in the Cedarburg region of South Africa, home of the rooibos plant.
Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.