Kelowna lavender farm reveals new sustainable packaging

  • Dec. 14, 2018 12:00 a.m.

In the winter of 2018, the McFadden family of Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm completely rebranded their product lines in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging; a decision that spearheaded a partnership with Finnish start-up company, Sulapac.

Sulapac’s fully biodegradable, microplastic-free packaging is made entirely from the wood harvested in sustainably-managed Nordic forests; a cutting edge environmental solution to plastic waste that has only just started piquing the interest of North American companies.

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is the first company in North America to carry products in Sulapac’s innovative packaging: two body butters and two salves which feature the farm’s award-winning essential oils.

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“It is our social and environmental responsibility as a retailer to choose the best packaging options we can for our products,” said Andrea McFadden, owner and founder of Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm. “While recyclable and reusable solutions are a great first step, we see 100 per cent biodegradable packaging as the future of our business.”

The small batch products created at Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm come straight from the land beneath the feet of the McFadden family and their 16 seasonal employees. A collection of 20 herbs and aromatic plants are grown, harvested, dried, distilled and infused on their farm; producing ingredients that are complemented by local and sustainably sourced oils, butters and botanicals to craft their unique handmade products. No additives, fillers or artificial preservatives or fragrances are ever added, for the McFaddens are passionate in their effort to produce products that are completely natural for the body, earth and soul.

With quality and sustainability at the forefront of their business, this partnership with Sulapac was the natural choice.

“We have all seen and heard of the damage plastic waste is causing to our planet,” said McFadden. “We might just be a small business, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a positive impact on our environment. Change has to start somewhere – why not right here on our farm?”

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