Holy Lama Naturals

Holy Lama Naturals

Company
Holy Lama Naturals
Website
holylama.co.uk

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Holy Lama Naturals is a family business based in Kerala with its origins in the essential oils industry. All of Holy Lama Naturals’ products are made using the finest quality ingredients sourced primarily from local farmers in Kerala or elsewhere in India, building on over seven decades of strongly established relationships with farmers.  A genuine bond of trust exists between supplier and buyer not least because Holy Lama Naturals runs on a no-credit principle so that all the farmers and raw material suppliers are paid immediately and with fair prices.

In many developing communities (and let’s face it in Western society too!), there is sometimes an inequality in wages for men and women, but this is not the case for Holy Lama Naturals where equal pay is ensured, irrespective of gender.  In addition, annual wage increases are always made in line with inflation, so wages are assured, no matter how low the market falls. 

Holy Lama Naturals is also a Kerala Government recognised women’s enterprise, where over 80% of the workforce are women, mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds.  They may have been widowed, deserted by a partner, abused or left as a single parent, and under normal circumstances would have been rejected in a traditionally male-dominated society.  Work at the factory provides these women with much-needed self-confidence and financial independence.  Holy Lama Naturals is like a family to its employees and women of all ages, castes and religions are welcome, working together in harmony.  This practice is guided by the concept of ‘Kudumbashree’ – ‘the enhancement of a less privileged family through empowering women’.  

For over 20 years we have been making natural body care products based on ancient Ayurvedic principles, to ensure a balance of body, mind and spirit.  This sense of well-being permeates the business and is demonstrated in the way it is run and the products it makes. Holy Lama Naturals body care products are predominantly made from natural ingredients avoiding the use of harsh chemicals or synthetics and are GM-free.  They are also made without testing on animals and are vegan friendly.  Wherever possible sustainable materials are used for packaging such as the ‘oyster-like shells’ for the soaps, made from areca palm leaves that have been shed naturally by the tree.  The factory’s sustainable model ensures there is very low wastage in production and any waste is used as fuel or cattle feed, making the company’s carbon footprint exceptionally low.

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Contact information

Website: holylama.co.uk

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 07762657277

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Veganism

Are all the products your entity (business, brand, organisation) produces and/or retails suitable for vegans?

No

Which of the following best describes you (professionals and sole traders) or your organisation?

Vegan

Ownership

Is your organisation an independent business/brand or a corporate owned business/brand?

Independent

Are you a Grassroots organisation (for projects, charities/NGOs)?

No

Are you a BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) owned/run business/organisation?

Yes

What type of business/organisation are you?

Company

Are you a woman-owned/run business/organisation?

Yes

Social, Economic and Environmental Justice

Which social, economic or environmental justice causes does your entity (business, brand, organisation) support or promote (e.g. through social media posts, donations, attending protests and other direct actions etc.)?

Animal rights

Economic justice

Environmental justice

Feminism and gender justice

What do you do to support or promote each of the causes you have identified?

We promote this through following the 10 principles of fair trade and through our social media channels and email marketing campaigns.

Does your business/organisation have an ethical labour policy or code of practice (either formal or informal) which ensures fair labour practices?

Yes

Does your business/organisation have policies and practices which actively promote diversity and inclusion?

Yes

Is your business a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation?

No

Do you source products and/or ingredients from companies and suppliers that support fair labour practices?

Always

Environment and Sustainability

If any of the products you produce and/or retail, or ingredients you use, have a sustainable production certification, please indicate which certifications apply?

Other certification

Are any of the products that you produce and/or retail, or ingredients you use, produced using sustainable production methods albeit uncertified?

Yes

Are any of the products that you produce and/or retail, or ingredients you use, free of palm oil?

All

Do you reuse, recycle and/or donate any waste products (e.g. food, plastics, packaging etc.)?

Yes

Do you only use recycled or recyclable materials for packaging?

Yes

Is all of your packaging biodegradable?

Yes

Does your business, organisation or project follow a zero waste philosophy?

Yes

Giving Back

Does your business support or give back to the local community in any way?

Yes

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