Fragrance Oils Direct and Sustainability

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We talk a lot about our fragrance oils and the fragrance oil industry in our blogs. We thought it was time to put a few words together about our approach to sustainability.

As a business we care about the environmental and the socio economic impact that we have on our planet. We strive to reduce our impact and are mindful about every decision and purchase that we make. 

With our bottles, smaller volumes of fragrance oil and essential oil are supplied in amber glass to protect the fragrance oil and help with longevity. Amber glass absorbs a large range of the wavelength of light to protect the contents much more than clear glass or plastic. Amber glass can be recycled. Our large volumes are shipped in HDPE plastic for safety and to comply with shipping regulations. HDPE is the strongest and most suitable plastic for shipping fragrance oils. This plastic is readily recycled at hazardous waste recycling facilities around the UK. 

Each glass bottle is wrapped in corrugated cardboard and the shipping box infilled with brown paper or starch based peanuts which dissolve in water or biodegrade in compost. Large bottles are wrapped in bubble wrap. These packing materials are readily recycled or recovered in the UK, ask your waste contractor for details. We feel that the extra packaging is worthwhile as it minimises the chances of breakages in transit. NB. As you are a business you should be disposing of your waste using a licensed waste contractor. Much of the waste you will generate will be classed as hazardous and should not be disposed of as non hazardous general waste. Please ask if you require any guidance on this. All of our waste is either recycled or goes to energy recovery at a local facility. We have zero waste to landfill. 

We use synthetic mica which is a more expensive than natural mica. Natural mica is sometimes mined illegally in areas which are protected to limit deforestation. Women and children as young as four years old are often exploited to work in unsafe mines for very little money. Some people will tell you their mica is sourced sustainably but this is impossible to guarantee this unless you visit the mine yourself. Synthetic mica is more pure, brighter and more sparkly than natural mica as the shape and size of each particle can be controlled. 

Our wax melt samples are packed in glassine bags. We developed wax melt moulds that produce a clamshell like wax melt without the need to use a plastic clamshell.

Our glitter is plastic free, plant based, vegan and readily biodegradable. Not all biodegradable glitter is equal. Some biodegradable glitter degrades very slowly and only a small portion of each flake breaks down. Ours readily biodegrades in a marine environment but it is stable in normal use. 

Our courier operates electric vehicles where practically possible and has targets to be net carbon neutral by 2040.

We and our fragrance oil manufacturer work with the leading global suppliers of natural fragrance ingredients to ensure that they conform to the highest ethical and sustainable sourcing standards in the industry. Raw materials are sourced globally from internationally recognised suppliers, sourcing as locally as possible to minimise our carbon footprint. We are committed to using ethically sourced natural carrier oils certified by organisations such as the RSPO. We source renewable ingredients where possible. The fragrance oil manufacturing plant in Europe runs on 85% solar power and is committed to reducing waste and recycling necessary wastes.

All of our fragrance oils and essential oil blends are vegan, cruelty free, lilial free, Phthalate free, Paraben free, silicone free, PEG free, Acrylate free, free of Nitro and Polycyclic Musk. Many of our customers mention that we are the only fragrance oil supplier that they have found who can make these claims for all of their oils.

That's about it. Not only to we bring you some great fragrances, we also do our bit for the environment



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