How we support our promise to you of 'people. planet. pure.':
Our Basic Philosophy: Is to bring you gorgeously natural and deliciously effective skin care and products for your home that are made from PLANTS and natural ingredients; filled with goodness, made with care and that you can trust.
We believe in responsible manufacturing that respects the health of people and our planet. We want to help people and plan to do that through creating excellent plant-based products without harmful chemicals, by helping people to eliminate waste and reduce their carbon footprint, by supporting the refill revolution, by practising responsible lean manufacturing, and finally by giving back to our community through charitable outreach programs.
We believe that known toxins in products is a social justice issue. The people segments the most greatly affected are often the poor and women; the predominant users of cheaper toxic chemicals, present in cleaning products and cosmetics.
Ingredients and Transparency: We are pleased to list ALL ingredients on all of our products, allowing YOU the customer, to make correct and informed purchasing decisions. We are real people who take our customers questions and inquiries seriously and therefore, if there is something you want to know, ask us and we will respond. We also list all ingredients on our cleaning products, even though this is not yet (but we feel it should be) standard practice.
All of our products are SLS/SLES and sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, palm-free, phosphate-free and artificial fragrance-free. Most are also vegan (with the exception of organic honey in the facial scrub). All are cruelty-free; we love animals very much. We source and use certified organic, certified biodynamic, wild-crafted and local Canadian ingredients wherever possible with appropriate supporting documentation. We take a hard stand against using any ingredients appearing on any published "unacceptable lists" as determined by Health Canada, David Suzuki, The Environmental Working Group, the FDA, and Whole Foods. We only use the safest Ecocert approved preservatives, when necessary and for your safety. None of our products contain ingredients with the letters "eth" (Ethoxylated ingredients). All of our essential oils are either certified organic or have been tested free of contaminants with supporting documentation to this effect, available upon request. As such, we do not (cannot) compete on price but rather on quality. It is our hope that through better consumer education, people will begin to realize that sometimes you should pay more for something that you put on your body or bring into your home because it can directly affect your health and well-being. That being said, our aim - with an eye first on environmental impact - is to continually improve our costs and prices as we grow, in order to make our products accessible to a wider audience.
Sustainability: As an environmentally-focused company, we are conscious of the need to apply sustainability metrics to all levels of our business; from manufacturing to product life cycle. We are committed to continually improving our environmental performance and managing our environmental impacts. We are committed to continually complying with our local environmental legislation and training our employees on environmental issues. And lastly, we are committed to improving our sustainability and communicating that clearly to our employees, stakeholders and to you, the customer. As of May 2021, we have successfully migrated most of our products into glass, aluminum and recyclable refill packaging. Our circular economy partnership with Circulr in the GTA (announced May 11, 2021) will now further help to reduce our need for virgin packaging materials.
Jessica Pelchat, Senior Sustainability Advisor to Elva's All Naturals
Her multidisciplinary work over the last two decades has been focused on creating a more sustainable future through the building of social purpose organizations and actioning climate change remediation of various forms. She served as Chief Sustainability Officer & Executive Vice President for a Canadian Profit 500 company, led the Canadian arm of a purpose-driven + award-winning management consulting firm, and spent many years focusing on the intersection of strategy, communications, and sustainability.
As an avid gardener for the last 20 years, she stewards 50+ acres in Southern Ontario and experiments with different regenerative applications such as food forests and Hügelkultur beds, and enjoys nothing more than to rewild a new site and fill it with wonder.
Certifications, Memberships and Partnerships: We are very pleased to announce that we received our official CertClean certification in July 2020 on our skin care products of GLOW. Botanical Skincare, BOMBOM lip balms, CARE Hand & Body Washes, Elva's Thieves & Thyme Hand Soap and our line of TRUTH Hair Care products. CertClean is North America’s leading certification for safer beauty and personal care products. We are also a proud member of Impact Zero, working with other businesses and envrinomentally-focused organizations to help build the circular green economy in Canada. In May 2021, we announced our new partnership with Circulr for an exciting new packaging take-back program.
Manufacturing: We operate in a lean-manufacturing model whereby we do not produce mass quantities of product at a time. This on-demand, small-batch model allows us to drastically reduce waste, bring you fresher product from fresher ingredients and reduce our carbon footprint. We believe this is the way of the future and contributes to sustainable, responsible and local economic development. We follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and manufacture our products in Canadian facilities in BC and Ontario.
Packaging: On May 11, 2021, Elva's All Naturals announced a new circular economy partnership with Circulr to take back packaging for reuse. Click here to view the press release. 🌎 All of our packaging is made from recyclable materials or post-consumer recycled content wherever possible (our 1 CLEANER box is made from 100% recycled content and helps to keep 6 plastic bottles out of the environment). We are always actively investigating new ways to package our products, as more data becomes available on the environmental impact of glass vs. plastic vs. metal vs. compostable. We have chosen to use a combination of dark amber glass, aluminum, refill bulk 'bag in box' and some recyclable dark plastic for our products, due to the requirement to protect the botanical ingredients and essential oils from UV-related decomposition. We are pleased to offer sustainable home refill formats for most of our products as well, which helps to greatly diminish plastic and waste.
Operations: Behind the scenes, our COO Ian McEwen, P.Eng brings over 30 years manufacturing expertise to our team. Ian is focused on sustainability, environment and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). Our team of chemists and accredited laboratories have helped us optimize our concepts and bring them to market, with non-traditional and revolutionary formulations that are based on plants and omit toxic chemicals. Our lean manufacturing model allows us to be to able to grow and adapt to market demand and as new information becomes available, with regards to natural ingredients and their proven benefits.