Since our founding in 1980, we have strived to operate ethically in relation to nature and humankind, making environmental preservation and the respect for local ecosystems a core part of its decision-making process.
In addition to measures already implemented directly at its farms and subsidiaries around the world, as well as strict compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, at Biolandes we continue to take concrete action toward ambitious goals for environmental sustainability and human well-being.
The terroir and know-how specific to each local context are of utmost importance to us. In addition, since 1988 we have created our own supply channels in the countries where the plants we use are endemic or traditionally grown. Today Biolandes has 12 production sites around the globe. We apply the same labor and wage policies everywhere:
Present in the field, we are also directly engaged in projects that contribute to the development of local economies (such as cultural and sports events) and to the improvement of the populations’ living conditions (e.g. infrastructure improvement, refurbishment of community buildings, installation of lighting systems, etc.). Our farms are currently in the process of qualifying for Ecocert For Life certification, and a great many of our supply channels are already Fair For Life certified, providing tangible proof of these concrete responsible commitments.
The plant kingdom has a marvelous capacity for natural renewal. We consider it vital, first of all, to conduct all gathering and harvesting operations responsibly, and, secondly, to support regeneration as much as possible. With these principles in mind, we have undertaken a number of operations directly in the native growing regions of the plants that we use. In Spain, our cutting and tilling activities for wild cistus help prevent loss due to forest fires and contribute to the natural reseeding of the soil. In New Caledonia, we pursue ongoing reforestation campaigns for sandalwood forests in controlled harvest zones.
The wealth of nature is such that several extracts can often be derived from a single plant. At Biolandes, we develop our lines by producing, whenever possible, additional derivative extracts from the initial natural raw material, provided that they have been shown to possess desirable organoleptic or biochemical qualities.
Our technical and research teams systematically conduct carefully controlled development trials before embarking on large-scale extraction and production operations.
This research effort is exemplified by our “By” range, launched nearly 30 years ago, which consists of products made by reprocessing distillation residues whose essential oils have already been extracted. It comprises several extracts derived in cascade from the same by-product, with decidedly distinctive olfactory profiles that enrich the perfumer’s palette. Vegetable waxes and hydrolates are other examples of by-products that are reprocessed to be offered as functional ingredients.