Are Essential Oils Sustainable + ABCo’s Zero-Waste Solutions

Are Essential Oils Sustainable

As the name would suggest, essential oils are the “essence” or pure fragrance of a fruit, flower, or botanical. They’re pretty potent, so a little goes a long way in DIY recipes for bath bombs, cleaners, lotions, or in aromatherapy. However, the magic of essential oils is also a cause of concern. To get just a few drops of oil, many plants need to be processed. Since most of the plant material is not used, the majority of the plant goes to waste. In some cases, thousands of individual plants are needed to make a few drops of essential oil. For instance, it requires about 242,000 rose petals to distill approximately 5 mL of rose oil and three pounds of lavender flowers are required to produce just 15 ml of lavender essential oil. Unfortunately, most of these plants are grown and harvested in unsustainable ways.

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Socially Responsible and Sustainable Gifting: How to Spot the Best Brands

Socially Responsible, Locally Manufactured Gifts

Locally manufactured products are usually much easier to keep an eye on. If you know the designers, producers, workers, manufacturers, and retailers, you have almost total transparency into how your products are made and how they get to you. They’re home grown! However, when bits of that supply chain get lost, buried, or hidden from view of the consumers, it leaves lots of room for, well, hiding. In a world where we can get anything from anywhere on the globe with two-day shipping, it’s difficult to know if our dollars are going to people who share our values. How can we trust that the products we’re buying were made in a way that didn’t exploit people or harm the environment? Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom! There are plenty of wonderful brands that keep ethics, sustainability, and responsibility in mind. We’ll show you how to find them!

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