Here you’ll find out a bit more about how we work, who we support and why we are the way we are!
HayMax & Organic
HayMax allergen barrier balms* have been organic from the very beginning, and have been certified organic by the Soil Association since 2006. The best chef will always ensure that the ingredients are the best quality they can find: if the ingredients are substandard the final outcome won’t be as good. We believe it’s just the same with an allergy product. So we use oils and powders from nature and by using organic ingredients we ensure they are gentle and comfortable on your skin as well as trapping the maximum amount of airborne allergens.
Soil Association Certification is a charity and is the UK’s largest organic certification body, responsible for certifying over 70% of all organic products sold in the country. They certify organic food and farming, organic textiles and organic health and beauty products. Visit their website here: http://www.sacert.org/.
We are also proud to be supporters of the Organic Trade Board, a not for profit company which has one mission: to grow organic sales in the UK. They communicate the benefits of organic directly to consumers through their fantastic campaigns which include advertising, digital and PR activity and much more. Visit the OTB here: http://www.organictradeboard.
* Studies have now proven HayMax to trap dust and pet allergens, as well as more than 1/3 pollen before it enters the body. That’s why sometimes you will see it called an ‘allergen barrier balm’ and other times a ‘pollen blocker balm’. Now that we have solid proof that HayMax traps dust and pet allergens as well as pollen, we can begin making the transition towards changing our packaging, advertising and website to match.
What do we do that’s good?
- 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.
Here are some of the charities that we support. Take a look at their websites to find out more…
|Allergy UK is 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 is proud to be the Corporate Hay Fever Sponsor of Allergy UK for 2016.|
|Set up in 1994 following the deaths of four people from allergic reactions to nuts the Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity to exclusively meet the needs of the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) by providing information and support relating to foods and other triggers such as latex, drugs and insect stings.|
|Action Against Allergy (AAA) is a registered national charity founded in 1978 by Mrs Amelia Nathan Hill who, since childhood, had suffered allergic reactions to many different foods and chemicals. AAA helps others by providing invaluable information and resources.|
A few of our favourite organisations….
|The Devon Allergy Clinic||
Marlene Hochstrasser is the Clinical Director of the Devon Allergy Clinic which was established in 2006. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse & Midwife & has a University Diploma in Allergy from Grenwich University with working links with Allergy UK & the Eczema Society.
The Devon Allergy Clinic can help you with a wide range of problems including; allergies and food hypersensitivities, intolerances and digestive disorders.
|Julie Silver, Nutritional Therapist and Vitality Fairy!||Julie is a qualified nutritional therapist, with extensive knowledge in the health and wellness field. If you’ve got sluggish energy levels, would love some healthy living ideas or are in need of some serious inspiration then Julie is your woman! Julie regularly writes for national press as an authority on her subject. Check out her book ‘Food Awakening’ which is now published on Amazon for Kindle – MORE DETAILS|
|The Vegetarian Society||HayMax is a Vegetarian Society Approved product, which means that it contains no animal products and has never been tested on animals. The Vegetarian Society offer support and advice to families, individuals, caterers and many others on the topic of vegetarianism. We offer a discount to all vegetarian society members, so keep an eye on the quarterly magazine to find the discount code!|
|Purepotions||Purepotions began trying to help a little girl find a safe, effective, dry skin treatment. With much determination and experimentation, Natalie developed a natural salve in her own kitchen, using a combination of herbs and oils which dramatically improved the condition of her daughter’s dry skin. The success of her salve then inspired her to create a range of natural baby products and first aid rescue products, equally effective and made from 100% natural ingredients. We love Purepotions.|
|Qu-Chi||The Qu-Chi Acupressure Band is so simple that people have said they’re very surprised that it hasn’t been commercially available before. It is a natural and drug-free way that acupuncturists believe help with the symptoms of hay fever and allergic rhinitis.|
|Salt-Pipe||On sale in UK and across the world for over 6 years, the original, patented Cisca Saltpipe is a natural product aiming to give relief from breathing problems. Invented in Hungary, this dry salt inhaler contains Halite salt crystals which were formed around 20 million years ago in Hungarian and Transylvanian salt caves|