Growing Programs

Lots of beauty brands can boast of “fresh” ingredients, but we have literal farms from which we harvest all the goodness that goes into our products. We grow many of our own herbs and press all of our seeds. Farm fresh really does put a new spin on a truly authentic clean ingredient story doesn’t it?

We are proud to be a partner in protecting and promoting the agricultural industry and the quality of farm-grown premium products around the globe. Here is a brief selection of some of our international sponsorship growing programs.

Herefordshire & Staffordshire, Great Britain

A selection of organic herbs is grown on two British sponsorship growing farms; both practice farming systems of the highest standards, where sustainability of wildlife and the wider environment is always paramount. The farms also manage orchards and meadows that have won prestigious environmental awards for creating a truly sustainable environment. In addition to recycling botanical waste as farm compost, these environments have prevented endangered butterflies and moths from becoming extinct species by sustaining the ecological balance of their local habitat.

Crops grown: Blackcurrant, Meadowsweet, Rose, Cucumber, Camelina, Flax, Borage, Hemp and Sunflower.

Surabaya, Eastern Java & Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia

Farming is on high land at an altitude of 1000 m, where it is relatively cooler throughout the year. No agricultural chemical is used and every process from planting to processing isdone by hand and with great care. We work with a sponsorship growing program that has two farmlands and factories; one in Surabaya in Eastern Java and one on Lombok Island. Having these facilities enables them to consistently provide Tomorrow’s Leaf ® with materials of the highest quality. We secure safety and quality of this product through quality control in Japan and in Indonesia.

Fairtrade

Fairtrade is basically an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade, which ultimately helps improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade also rewards and encourages farming and production practices that are environmentally sustainable, meaning producers are also encouraged to strive toward organic certification.

Two-thirds of Fairtrade farmers live in Africa and the Middle East, and just under a quarter in Latin America and the Caribbean and the rest are in Asia and the Pacific. Together they produce everything from coffee, cocoa, bananas, honey and spices. What you may not know is that women make up nearly half of all Fairtrade hired labor and the areas of dried fruit, fruit juice, flowers and tea have the biggest female workforces. If we break those numbers down even further, the tea plantations and flower farms alone employ almost 90 percent of all female Fairtrade hired workers.

One particular story we always love sharing takes us to SouthEast Asia where women havecome together to form the first all-female cooperative and say that being part of Fairtrade has literally changed their lives, and that of their families and has finally given them a voice. Thisis why we prefer supporting initiatives rather than buying land because it allows these farms to remain within the family for future generations providing a far better and far greater opportunity for women.

Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping choices and addresses the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the potential of injustices that occur through conventional trade.