Steiner Leisure Limited strives to be socially responsible and has taken the following measures to ensure we tread lightly where we manufacture and harvest.
Elemis uses the finest ingredients from nature but never takes resources that are endangered, that would damage their environment through removal of precious plant matter that would affect local communities. Rare or protected plants are not harvested from their native environment but grown in France and harvested under a controlled environment. Plants are harvested once a year allowing small animals to live and thus participate in the biodiversity of the environment.
ISO 14001 certification of the manufacturing division of Elemis ensures environmental responsibility such as: optimisation of waste handling and a 75% recycling rate (plant residue used as fertilizer, plastic recycling). A new system of water recycling, 'phytorestauration', is being implemented where water used for tank cleansing is now recycled in filtering gardens, preserving the eco-system. This innovative system is made with natural plant resources, no chemical or physical treatment. Each plant used has a targeted action to fix pollutants and act as filters. For instance: Irises are used as a filter to treat Phosphor or Nitrogen, Reeds are used for the degradation of organic matter, finishing with Bamboo and Willow filters. The division is currently working on a new approach (ecoconception) which will include the manufacturing process, as well as the full life-cycle of the product (for instance containers must be recyclable).
Steiner Leisure Limited is also active within its community and in 2014 as a group donated in excess of $100,000 to charities that contribute to social culture, assisting children in need, the environment and those that aid medical research. Each Steiner Leisure brand is empowered to create philanthropic driven promotions. Examples of this Elemis’ yearly collaboration with various breast cancer charities in the UK and US as well as regular fundraiser drives through timetospa.com
In an effort to lessen our carbon footprint, all US printing is done through a vendor that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). This will ensure that these papers come from well-managed forests and are manufactured by companies who adhere to strict environmental and socio-economic standards. In addition, we are taking steps to reduce waste and seek better packaging.