What Does Ethically Sourced Mean?

June 22, 2017

To be honest, everyone is going to have a slightly different idea of what ethically sourced means, which is why it's difficult to define. But most people understand ethical sourcing as sourcing ingredients and materials in a responsible and sustainable manner that considers the people and environment throughout the process.

This means that from planting seeds to shipping crops and everything in-between, the people and the environment are cared for. This ensures better quality products, but it also ensures that we can continue growing and sourcing ingredients without wreaking havoc on the people or ecosystems involved.

What About the People?

We take things into our own hands and visit the facilities we work with here in the U.S. While the U.S. does have workplace laws, visiting facilities gives us more insight into the true working environment. It also gives us an opportunity to see where ingredients are processed, how they're processed, and the working conditions of the people. By taking initiative and ownership of our ingredients and where they're processed, we can ensure better quality ingredients that are ethically sourced without exploiting the workers.

What About the Planet?

When it comes to ethically sourcing ingredients for Meow Meow Tweet products, following the supply chain is really important. By following our supply chain, we can learn all about where our ingredients are grown, sourced, processed, and tested. This ensures that from beginning to end, ingredients are sourced with care and consideration.

We're also proudly Leaping Bunny certified, which requires that we ensure there is no animal testing on any of our ingredients, at any point in the supply chain. Taking care of the animals is just one more way we can take care of the planet.

How Can You Tell if a Product is Ethically Sourced?

You can start by looking at labels and certifications. For example, we use Fair Trade, organic ingredients, and we're Leaping Bunny certified. This means that we don’t purchase any ingredients that have been tested on animals, nor do we test our final products on animals. You can learn more about the Leaping Bunny certification standards here. With these kinds of product standards, you can feel confident that we're ensuring our ingredients are ethically sourced.

But you can always ask questions. There's no harm in asking about supply chains, where materials are sourced, and other steps we're taking to ensure products are ethically sourced.

Sarah Price is a green beauty and self care writer with an obsession with holistic skincare. She writes about natural beauty, DIY recipes, self care tips, and more on her self titled blog.

Shout-out to Katie Scott for the beautiful backdrop of our photo. 

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