From the fields of Responsibility

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When Man and Environment work together

As we understand it, natural cosmetics are at their most powerful when they include the meticulous care of the plants as well as the protection of the environment in which they grow, and respect in dealing with the people who care for them.

We advocate for fair and cooperative partnerships. In our daily business and personal dealings, we always hope to support and promote sustainable, social developments. The concept behind our product formulion is always based on the overarching goal of including as many raw materials as possible that are of regional origin, controlled organic cultivation, wild harvested and sold on a fair-trade basis, so as to support the projects behind these activities with our fundemental raw material purchasing.

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Our home-grown main ingredient

Our certified organic cultivation of the exotic Aloe Vera on our own fields in Spain avoids, among other things, long and polluting transportation routes from overseas. Growing, harvesting and processing all take place on site and by hand. This way, we can guarantee only the highest purity and quality of our raw materials, save energy, protect the environment and create more jobs than at an automated production facility.

Organic cultivation is widely regarded as the most sustainable form of agriculture, and results in untold positive environmental effects: soil fertility, biodiversity, groundwater and flood protection, GMO-free status and poverty reduction to name a few.

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Working in partnership

Through our everyday business activities, we want to support ecological and social developments, wherever we can. Our product formulas always follow the central aim of integrating as many raw materials of local origin, from organic cultivation, wild harvesting and fair trade, as possible. Thus it is important for us to support the underlying local projects with the purchase of our raw materials. Genetically engineered raw materials are totally incompatible with our values, of course!

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Developmental aid and Project Caatinga

The people living in the Brazilian rainforest freely gave us their knowledge about the power of Brazilian medical plants as a gift. With the help of the local developmental aid project, Caatinga, we would like to show our appreciation for their assistance.

We donate 10% of the net proceeds of our anti-aging luxury XINGU age perfect range to Project Caartinga, which focuses on the strengthening of women and girls' right, as well as helping them through education, medial care and the microcredit grants.

www.caatinga.org.br

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Truely Natural Cosmetics

All of our cosmetic products bear the NATRUE label for certified natural cosmetics, as well as the animal welfare seal, the Leaping Bunny. This seal gaurantees that no animal experiments are performed, worldwide. And that is on both individual raw ingredients as well as of finished goods. All Santaverde products are vegan certified, bearing the seal of the Vegan Society. 

Aloepur, the pure aloe vera juice used in all of our cosmetic products, is certified under the EU Bio regulation.

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Animal welfare and protection

As often as possible, we provide homeless dogs from the local receiving station a new home on our finca. Currently, four dogs live with us, enjoing the lively ambience of the production plant, and of course the cuddles of our finca visitors!

In addition, we support the organization Adana, which takes care of the countless stray animals in Estepona with donations.

www.adana.es 

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Environmentally friendly packaging

Perhaps the most important area of our company to be eco-friendly is the packaging and advertising materials.The paper we use for product packaging and brochures comes from FSC registered sustainable forestry, which commits to promotion of an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically sustainable management of our beautiful forests. Product packaging and brochures are produced in a climate neutral way with printing inks based on vegetable oils. We also use low energy recyclable plastics, which require significantly less energy out put to make and recylcle, cutting down on our carbon footprint.

www.us.fsc.org

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A new, Ethical office

During the move of our office in Hamburg, we decided not to make a new building. Instead, we found an old chocolate factory, and converteded it as ethically as possible into our new offices.

During the build we tried to limit our supplies to materials such as glass, concrete and untreated steel, and avoided as far as possible the highly processed and chemically treated materials that are common in the building trade. The furnishings are made of wood and low energy plastics without extensive coatings, as they are often the most harmful. We of course used as much sustainable insulation as possible, to cut down on energy uses, and we use gas and green electricity as they are the most viable and least harmful energy options.