With over 20+ years in the soap-making industry, Urthly Organics’ mission is to put planet before profit to ensure a sustainable future for the social and natural world. Attempting to remain at the forefront of sustainable skincare and cleaning, we are thoughtful about our impacts physically, environmentally, and socially. Our mindfulness as a business allows you to relax knowing that what you are choosing is ethical.
Within our service, we are values driven. We are committed to ensuring we maintain our responsibilities to what we consider 'right' and 'necessary'. Our values are:
Providing a quality craft;
Improving sustainability of our business and natural world;
Ensuring a personalised approach to service;
Supporting the local and small business community
To ensure we remain within our commitment to our values, we proudly offer the following options for products:
Palm Free and Palm Oil Investigations endorsed
Offer vegan options
Supporting Local Farmers
Sustainable and Environmentally Focused
Low Waste producing business
In 2020 alone, we did the following:
Soaps were donated to local charities around our area. Plus, additional donations of items or products.
Donated to bushfire relief via the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.
Raised for CanTeen, helping support young people living with cancer.
COVID care packs were sent out to spread kindness and compassion over this year.
Sponsored animals: Lily the Slow Loris, as well as Memo, Pingky, Krismon, and Ambon the Orangutans. Alongside various donations to environmental and animal protection organisations across the world.
New employment positions created: With a focus on hiring from our local community, paying above award to ensure a liveable wage, and ensuring our employees feel comfortable in our small team.
Products went plastic-free: All balms and creams, as well as liquid hand and body soap.
Trophy: Urthly Organics was the recipient of the Bendigo Sustainability Group 2020 Business and Innovation Award (<10FTE)
Many of these achievements are a part of an ongoing initiative. But our passion to improve will never finish. Our responsibility to the world is an evolving journey.
Our Current goals:
Increasing carbon offsetting, as well as supporting carbon-neutral businesses in the process. We have partnered with One Tree Planted and Pachama to offset emissions on orders. We have also provided customers with options to cover the cost of their carbon impact. We began on February 12th 2021, and have already contributed to over 97 trees planted (March 2021).
Improving consumer awareness of our recycling and refill options: We offer the option for customers to recycle or request a refill on our product packaging. As long as the packaging is clean and in usable condition (such as no broken glass, able to store product, etc.), we will take it back to reuse. Alternatively we can recycle any product packaging on your behalf. We can also provide many products without packaging (for example, soap). Just make a note in your order, or contact us directly. In addition to offering these options, we are currently going single-use plastic-free by 2023 (we are approximately 98% the way there). Currently, we are working on our lip balm packaging, and pump bottles.
Building trust: Although we are a trusted brand amongst supporters, stockists, and suppliers, we know we can always do better to ensure we can guarantee customers will get a product that is transparent and ethical. That's why we are in the process of obtaining certification with B Corp, and the Leaping Bunny International. We are also tracking our ethical assessment ratings as a business, and acting to increase our policies, actions and impacts. Since last year, we have improved our B Corp Assessment rating from 77.7 to 83.4 (March 2021), to 90.5 by June 2021! We were aiming to reach 85 by the end of the year.
We hope this provides you with understanding of how we are changing the skincare and cleaning product game for good. If you'd like further information or wish to provide feedback, please read to our Code of Ethics or email email@example.com .