- We buy in the UK when we can
- We buy Organic
- We buy Fairtrade if possible
- We try to keep our mileage down
- We practice the three R’s – Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
- We trade ethically
We buy local to reduce the cost to the environment, even if it means it costs us a bit more.
ALUMINIUM TINS – Our tins come from London. They can be recycled.
PLASTIC POTS – Plastic is one of the hardest materials to recycle. So far, we haven’t found anything that will hold HayMax so it stays stable that is also recyclable.
Our pots are now made in the UK, which has been great for reducing our carbon footprint.
We are very occasionally asked why our 5ml pots have a recessed/hollow bottom, here’s a brief explanation.
When HayMax first started, Max sourced a small quantity of 5ml pots from a German manufacturer. These pots looked rounded and cute but also were ‘double walled’ which meant that there was a small 5ml pot inside a larger pot. As part of Max’s drive to become more ecologically sound he found a manufacturer of pots based in the UK and was delighted – this had to be greener than shipping pots all the way from Germany! Or from China – which would be cheaper but not good for the environment. The only downside of this change of pot was the recessed bottom. The 5ml quantity of the product has never changed.
ORGANIC INGREDIENTS – We source ingredients locally where possible. We buy the ingredients for HayMax from UK businesses if we can.
- We use Fairtrade beeswax
- We prefer the smell of French Lavender so we use this by choice, but we are open to similar smells from the UK. It is organic.
- So far, we have not found anything else that we like as much which is also organic.
REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE
We RECYCLE envelopes and boxes in the office.
We RE-USE boxes, even if it means they look a bit scruffy. We think that’s better than buying new ones.
We never throw paper away. We use both sides and then we shred it and RE-USE it for packaging. We also shred envelopes and RE-USE padded envelopes.
At HayMax we think it’s really important to do our bit. We’re not into shouting about our charitable donations, but here’s a round up.
HayMax is a proud supporter of the British Allergy Foundation ‘Allergy UK‘ the leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK. They also provide a dedicated helpline, support network and online forum for those with allergy and intolerance.They also help and support to educate health care professionals who work with patients with allergic conditions.
HayMax has pledged a donation every year for four years to the Organic Trade Board, supporting growth of sustainable, organic industry in the UK.
Ad hock donations to marathon runs, fun runs and community events are made throughout the year, as well as raffle prizes for fundraising events.
We know that when you’re in business disputes will inevitably arise – that’s just the way it is. But we think there is a right and wrong way to handle any issues when they crop up.
We have never resorted to using lawyers or going to court to resolve any problems. We prefer to talk to people directly and sort things out amicably. We think that’s the right way to do things.
We believe that if you treat people with respect they will treat you accordingly. This principle underpins our beliefs and how we work.