Sustainable Beauty

Daring to Care - Since 1921

We dare to care and strive to make the world a better place for people and the planet. Whether it’s through fair trade, biodynamic cultivation, or responsible use of environmental resources — sustainability is part of our roots.

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Certified Natural

guaranteed highest standards

We aim to use only the purest wild-harvested, biodynamic and organically grown ingredients.    

Our beautiful products, which carry the NATRUE label, help you easily identify quality, natural and organic products. 

When you see this label, you can be sure the product is compliant with a strict standard, and a reliable certification process has been carried out by independent certification bodies.

Our skin care includes over 80% organic, biodynamic and wild crafted plant-based materials.

We do not add water or minerals in this total.

 

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No Nasties

quality ingredients

One thing that goes into every product we make is integrity. When we say 'all natural', we mean 'all natural'.   

NO

  • Petroleum derived ingredients or mineral oil
  • Synthetic fragrances or phthalates
  • GMO ingredients
  • Parabens
  • Silicones
  • Sulphates
  • Triclosan
  • Propylene glycol
  • Microbeads or microplastics

 

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Cruelty Free

no animal testing

As an ethical company, animal testing is fundamentally against our underlying values and  beliefs.

Weleda has never tested any of its skin care products on animals.

NATRUE is strictly against animal testing, and by carrying the NATRUE seal on our skin care products you can easily identify cruelty free beauty.

 

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Biodiversity in Action

caring for life on earth

We use approximately 1,000 different raw materials in the manufacture of our medicinal and personal care products. 

How we source and extract those raw materials has a significant impact on biodiversity.

Only intact natural eco-systems are able to provide, and sustain, the high quality of soil and conditions required to produce our natural raw materials. 

Weleda, together with our partners, organically cultivate approximately 248 square kilometres worldwide, the equivalent of almost 35,000 football pitches.

Nurturing biodiversity, soil health, and the protection of water quality together, results in humus-rich and fertile soil as well as strong and vital plants - the basis for healthy products.

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Nurturing biodiversity, soil health, and the protection of water quality together, results in humus-rich and fertile soil as well as strong and vital plants - the basis for healthy products.

 

 

 

Fair Trade & Beyond

sourcing with respect

Many of our natural raw materials are sourced from suppliers all over the globe, and we work with more than 50 cultivation partners in organic farming, and certified wild collection worldwide.

We assist in improving the economical situation of our partners and support them as they make the changeover from conventional to biodynamic cultivation methods, and implement measures for the protection of biodiversity.

This is why the UEBT recently awarded Weleda the 'Sourcing with Respect' certification as one of the first beauty brands worldwide.

To find out more about our UEBT Certification, click here.

 

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Biodynamic Cultivation

replenishing the land

At all our garden sites – in Europe and around the world – we adhere to traditional biodynamic principles.

Biodynamic principles were developed by Rudolf Steiner to produce excellent quality raw  materials. This method of farming also replenishes and maintains the land and its numerous living communites; from microbes to wildlife. A truly balanced approach.  

Weleda has the largest biodynamic, medicinal plant gardens in Europe, home to over 1,000  different species of plants growing on 23 hectares, around 50 different types of birds and more than 30 species of wild bees.

 

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Zero Microplastics

no microbeads or microplastics

We are proudly certified with the Look for the Zero logo, showing that we  don‘t use any plastic ingredients in any of our products; leave-on or wash-off.

Our products do not contain microplastics and other water-polluting substances often found in beauty products.

To find out more about microplastics, click here.

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

While visible microbeads from wash-off products such as scrubs and toothpastes are widely recognised as a culprit of pollution in our oceans, other microscopic plastic particles are used in leaveon products such as makeup or moisturisers for colours or texture improvers. Once washed down the drain they enter our waterways where they don‘t degrade.

Responsible Packaging

preserving our formulations & the environment

Sustainable packaging has to satisfy a range of requirements for us.

Of course it has to keep the products safe, but it must also be manufactured from sustainable materials, and be recyclable once its packaging life is over.

There is currently no ideal solution which meets all of those requirements.

Weleda today endeavours to source and use packaging which is as environmentally responsible as possible, while continuing to research future options.

As collection of recyclables is challenging and varies throughout Australia, we have set up a process for Weleda packaging to be collated and delivered to TerraCycle for recycling.

To find out more about TerraCycle, click here.
 

 

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OUR ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR

  • 85% of glass bottles are from recycled glass.
  • Cardboard packaging is FSC certified paper.
  • Product cartons are printed using mineral-oil-free inks.
  • Peel-back labels eliminate the need for pack inserts.
  • Recyclable BPA-free and food grade PET, PE/PP and HDPE – where possible with a percentage of recycled materials.

We continue our commitment to research future options for sustainable packaging.

 

 

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Eco Friendly Production

responsible use of environmental resources

We set high standards with regard to the responsible use of environmental resources.

Our aim is to increase the recovery and recycling rates so that a closed system is created. So far approximately 98% of all waste produced during the manufacturing process is reused – either composted, repurposed, recycled or recovered (including thermal recovery).

100% of electricity used at our production facilities* comes from renewable energy solar power from our own photovoltaic system. 

*sites in France, Germany and Switzerland

 

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Sustainable Palm Oil

driving change in the industry

As a pioneer of natural and organic skin care with strong ethical standards, Weleda condemns the destruction of rainforests caused by non-sustainable palm oil cultivation.

Weleda was among the first companies to demand traceability, and use certified organic cultivation which does not destroy native habitat. 

We make a great effort to ensure that raw materials are sourced from environmentally and socially responsible cultivation. However, ingredients such as emulsifiers may be partly derived from palm kernel oil and a persistent lack of transparency continues to be challenging. 

We strongly believe the problems with palm oil cultivation can only be solved by exerting a concerted influence on suppliers to promote sustainable and non-destructive methods of cultivation.

Our firm conviction is that going ‘palm oil free’ and switching to alternative ingredients would not address the issue as alternative oils would require greater areas of land and water usage than palm oil to cultivate. For maximum impact Weleda holds the chair of the Forum of Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) to drive industry change and we are also a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

 

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Preserving Genetic Diversity

seeds of the future

Seed banks play a crucial role in conservation efforts as climate change progresses.

As part of our commitment to biodiversity we support the Hortus Officinarum association in the biodynamic cultivation and propagation of medicinal plants, with the aim to regenerate the seeds of certain species that are stored in the Swiss gene bank. 

And of course, we never use GMO seeds and plant materials in our gardens.

To date, this has been successful for 20 species. In 2017 seeds were harvested from four species, of which centaury was one.

 

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Ecological Education

raising awareness for biodiversity

Teaching the next generation about the importance of biodiversity via our hands-on bee hotel project is close to our hearts.

Since 2016 we have gifted over 500 Weleda Bee B&B Hotels and teaching curriculums to primary schools in Australia in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of our native  pollinators and biodiversity. 

An estimated 110,000 students have been part of the program and we are looking to double this figure in the coming year!

To find out more about our Bee B&B Hotel program, click here.

 

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Our Recent Sustainability Awards

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Our value chain is currently divided into seven areas of action.

At their heart lies the Weleda vision: Creating a world in which the health and beauty of human beings and nature continually unfold.

All our activities are aimed at being socially responsible, environmentally friendly and commercially successful. These are the initiatives and measures which Weleda has already adopted today as a binding commitment.  

Our Committment to Sustainability

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Acting ethically

Striving for social responsibility helps individuals and organisations have a positive impact on development, business and society. As a socially-oriented company, we place great emphasis on providing security, individual development and overall health to employees, suppliers and partners.

Social sustainability

Meeting our responsibility

Our environmental commitment ranges from issues of biodiversity, through procurement of raw materials, use of natural resources and sustainable packaging, to water and waste reduction and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmental sustainability