Commitment To Decreased Environmental Impact
Our business began in my home, located on the Chagrin River in the Chagrin River Valley, where each day I was reminded that the health of our planet is affected by the impact of our daily activities.
We work hard as a family business and a family to be vigilant of the impact we have on the environment.
Every day we reuse, recycle and compost to reduce waste and our impact on the environment. Here are a few simple things we do to help keep waste out of our landfills.
- Use real dishes, silverware, cups, and glasses instead of disposables
- Use rags and hand towels instead of paper towels
- Use a water filter instead of plastic bottled water
- We recycle everything
- Our shredded office paper becomes packaging material
- We collect packaging materials from our neighbors
- We reuse all the packaging materials we receive
- Our trash “cans” are the plastic pails in which our oils were packaged
- Our product packaging is 99% plastic free
- We are mindful of every possible way to keep waste out of our landfills
As a company that dedicates itself to all things natural, we work hard every day to become more "Green." Going forward, we will continue to monitor our personal daily activities as well as our business practices always looking for alternatives that are better for Mother Earth and her inhabitants.
There is a Native American proverb that says...
Treat the earth well:
it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children
I have children and grandchildren. The future belongs to them which is why we strive to run our family life and our business life in an environmentally responsible manner.
Commitment to Sustainability
What is Sustainability?
"Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." (The Brundtland Commission, 1987)
A Native American proverb expresses sustainability in a lovely way:
"The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives."
The pond is our beautiful planet, Earth, and we are the frogs.
We have a responsibility to use our resources wisely and to protect them for ourselves and future generations.
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve not only works hard to make the best skin care products out there, but we are mindful of our impact on the environment. While we may only be only one small frog in our large pond, we believe responsibility is critical at every level.
It is our practice to use raw materials that are sourced in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.
- We buy Rainforest Alliance certified sustainable palm oil (read the article “The Palm Oil Controversy”).
- We do not use ingredients like Rosewood, Sandalwood or Frankincense essential oils that come from endangered or threatened plants.
We also support sustainable, wholesome agriculture by purchasing natural and organic ingredients.
Growing organically improves the quality of our environment by protecting our land and groundwater from contamination and by promoting the use of sustainable resources and the conservation of soil and water.
We do our research and buy from local farmers, small businesses and companies that share our commitment.
We look for companies that not only promote environmental stewardship and sustainability but also support fair trade. Fair Trade practices promote fair wages, decent working conditions, local sustainability and improved social standards.
Our goal is to do what we can as a family and a small company to consume as little water as we can from the pond in which we live.
Commitment to Biodegradable Ingredients
What Does Biodegradable Mean?
By definition, biodegradable means capable of being broken down by the action of living things, like natural bacteria, into simple substances that are not harmful to the environment.
Chagrin Valley Natural Soaps are Biodegradable
If You Are a Camper or Backpacker Please Read On...
There are many soapmakers out there with good intentions who are claiming that their biodegradable soap or shampoo is safe to use in rivers and streams. Even biodegradable soap can eventually pollute lakes and streams if it is not used sparingly.
The bacteria that break down soap are present mostly in soil. That means that when you wash, please be sure that your soapy rinse water ends up in the soil away from fresh water sources like lakes, rivers, and streams.
Commitment to Cruelty-Free
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.
The Leaping Bunny Program was developed in 1996, by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), to identify and support companies that are doing their part to help eliminate the unnecessary use and mistreatment of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients.
The CCIC is made up of eight animal protection groups including the Humane Society of the U.S., as well as groups from Canada and Europe.
At Chagrin Valley we obviously do not test our finished products on animals (other than human volunteers), but what about the raw materials, the ingredients we use? Many products display labels claiming that their finished product is ‘not tested on animals’ but this does not guarantee that the product ingredients are actually free from animal testing.
The CCIC Standard is a pledge that a company makes to remove animal testing from all stages of product development. Our pledge to buy ingredients that are cruelty-free is integrated into the purchase order contract for all of our suppliers. We also do not sell into markets that require animal testing.
Commitment to Non-GMO Ingredients
At Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve we do not use ingredients that contain GMO's!
Although you do not eat products made by Chagrin Valley, we are very concerned with the environmental impact of GMO’s.
For example, farmers and environmentalists are worried that crops that are genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides, such soybeans, will result in heavier herbicide use, further polluting the groundwater, lakes, and rivers.