Friday, July 3, 2009
Mary sells high-quality herbal bath and body products (salts, balms, soaps, creams, and more) that are handcrafted in small batches using natural and organic ingredients, pure-essential oils, earth-friendly packaging, and made with Love and Gratitude.
By using 'Natural and Organic ingredients', it means all of her business' products are made from organic, fair trade and/or ethically wild-crafted herbs and essential oils, organic fabrics and fill. "We never use artificial preservatives, artificial colors, fragrances, or surfactants, synthetic, petroleum-based or other chemical ingredients."
Herban Lifestyle adheres to these standards as a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. They always follow standards to Whole Foods' Premium Body Care Standards. They are also certified CRUELTY FREE by the Leaping Bunny!!
Herban Lifestyle is green in many other ways. When they are packaging their product, they use only 100% recycled paper labels, and all packaging and shipping supplies are recycled, recycleable, and/or biodegradable. "To ship, we only use the US Postal Service; did you know that the USPS holds “Cradle to Cradle”Certification at the Silver level for human and environmental health?"
To further ensure environmentally responsible business practices, Herban Lifestyle always offsets 100% of their carbon footprint through purchase of CleanCurrents and CarbonFund RECs, and they are an Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partner, which means they purchase green power in amounts that meet EPA’s requirements.
"In the everyday running of our business, we are conscientious about being green as well. We use fuel-efficient vehicles, compact florescent bulbs, cloth bags when shopping, and we reuse, recycle and compost everything we can, from paper, ink cartridges and packing peanuts, to herbal waste and compostable trash bags!"
Herban Lifestyle is also a member of Green America and the Sustainable Business Network of Washington. They pledge to practice ethical business and labor standards. Everything they sell is handcrafted in Falls Church, VA. They do absolutely no manufacturing! In their efforts to be conscientious members of their community they also donate 5% of gross revenues to charity, including Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), Sierra Club, Herb Research Foundation, and Martha’s Table. They donate goods to local charities (such as EcoVentures and Common Good City Farm) for their fund raising efforts. They additionally purchase their 800 number through Earth Tones, where 100% of their profit goes to grassroots environmental causes. Their website is hosted using 100% solar power via AISO.net. Solar-powered servers use 60% less energy and generate 50% less heat than conventional servers.
This is definitely a shop worth checking out. Not only are their products sustainable, but they are committed to practicing a green lifestyle through their business endeavors.
Check out their yummy goods here!