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Sustainability

 

From soap bar to bin and beyond, our aim is to be as environmentally aware and responsible as possible. Being natural, our handmade products contain no harmful chemicals and are fully biodegradable.

 

We aim to be mindful of what we buy and use, recycling packaging and avoiding waste where possible.

 

Cruelty-free

Apart from testing on our own family members, our soap and dog soap have never been (and will never be) tested on animals.

 

Packaging Policy

We work to keep our packaging minimal, plastic-free and fully recyclable.

Clovelly Soaps and Candles are packaged in FSC certified paper, produced in the UK, and in card, tin and recycled glass.

 

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil & Cruelty Free Coconut Oil

The Clovelly Soap Company only uses Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) from New Britain Palm Oil, one of the world leaders in sustainable Palm oil practices supporting both the environment and local small holders.   They were one of the first companies to produce a sustainability report which can be viewed on their website.

We noticed a lot of soap makers boycotting Palm Oil and with it being an issue of huge concern for both ourselves and our customers we decided to investigate all the oils we use before making a knee jerk decision.

In consultation with advice from leading environmental organisations and companies such as WWF we firmly believe that, rather than a boycott, we need to support the production of genuinely sustainable palm oil.  

The global demand for oil will not abate and Palm oil is the most efficient oil on the planet in terms of water, land and pesticide use.  

To give you a clearer picture Palm Oil produces approximately 5950 litres per hectare.  The closest to that is Coconut oil which produces 2690 Litres per hectare and Rape oil produces 1190 litres per hectare.

Our concern, which is shared by WWF is that the trend for companies to boycott palm oil could lead to a catastrophic increase in deforestation as the alternatives are so inefficient.

Only environmentally responsible trade and production can minimize risk of further deforestation and damage to wildlife, habitats, local people and their economies dependant on sustainable palm oil revenue.

While researching Palm oil we decided to look into other oils, we discovered that many coconut oil producers use Pig Tailed Macaques to harvest coconuts,  this practice imprisons these beautiful animals and keeps them from living a natural life in the wild in social groups.  If you wish to read more about this practice there is a lot of information online.  We are happy that Silbury do not support these practices and our coconut oil is Cruelty free.

 

If you have further questions please contact Sarah Harper on 01237 432153 who would be happy to answer them.