Be The Change
Omved’s founding philosophy - "live and let live in complete consciousness" is the guiding principle behind all our initiatives to be the change in the communities in which we operate.
We believe in promoting wellness, empowering the people who create our products, protecting the other living creatures of the earth while always respecting our planet. All our products and services have been created and packaged with deep concern for the society and the environment. We have a green company policy in stores, warehouses and in our managing offices that emphasis recycling, saving energy and going paperless,among other strict environmental-friendly practices.
It has been said, the only people who can change the world are those who want to. Well, we want to. We’ve listed some of our active programs that help us walk towards the path of conscious living. We hope that we can also help YOU find a way to "be the change you wish to see in the world".
Recycle & Reward
"Creation must have a life before and after its existence" - the Vedas
From earth to earth; we consciously aim for a Karmic cycle for all that we make. We reduce, reuse, recycle and reward. In the short time since we began this program, we have collected hundreds of empty product containers from our shoppers for recycling in exchange for free products.Build on your good Karma by not adding to the waste thrown into landfills.Everyday consumer product packaging accounts for approximately 1/3 of all landfill waste!!
Our efforts -
REDUCE:Webelieve in minimal packaging. When required, the packaging for our fragile items are made from cartons and boxes with 100% post-consumer waste cardboard and are of course 100% recyclable.
REUSE: Our caps and pumps, unfortunately are currently made of plastic (please recycle them with us, we are currently looking into making these caps from post-consumer recycled plastic).We arealso working on offering refills so the pump can be reused.
RECYCLE: In an effort to remain environmentally responsible, all our containers are made of either aluminiumorglass, both of which are 100% recyclable.
YOU too can take a simple step to care for the earth, the future of our children and environment, by participating in the Omved Recycle & Reward program, which takes place at all our free-standing stores and on our online store as well.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Bring in 3 empty Omved containers and receive a 25gm Omved natural bathbar or receive reward points that can be redeemed for future purchase.
Build on your good karma – use and recycle. Be the change and be rewarded
1000 eyes campaign
"Is there something worse than losing your sight? Yes. Losing your vision."
Did you know that you can light the life of a blind person by donating your eyes after your death? Let`s not lose our vision. Let’s pledge today.
In India alone, we have an estimated 4.6 million people with corneal blindness that is curable through corneal transplantation made possible by an eye donation.
Omved has committed 1000 eyes to the Eye Bank co-ordination & research centre, who collect, process and distribute donor eye tissue for sight saving cornea transplants, medical education and research into cures for other eye diseases.
We have committed to increasing eye, tissue and organ donations through raising awareness and education, since March 2012. We have already reached halfway in our target! Omved team members, customers and suppliers have come forward and taken the pledge to donate their eyes after their death.
Here is how you can pledge your support -
In our stores – Fill the 1000 eyes donor card and we will send it the Eye Bank Centre for you
Online - Click here – https://www.facebook.com/Omvednatural/app_248474421905034 and pledge
Give a gift that will outlive you. Pledge your sight.
"Ahimsaparamo dharma – Non-violence is the highest religion"- ShriMahavir
Ahimsa – a Sanskrit word meaning “reverence for life” is one of our founding principles and explains our stance on animal welfare: We do not conduct animal testing on any of our products and we do not ask others to do it for us either. We refrain from selling our products in those countries that legally require animal tested products. Sign the petition for the global ban of animal testing.
Did you know that every year,in over 80% of the world, nearly 100 million animals are bred, injected, infected, cut open, genetically altered, force-fed drugs, chemicals and ultimately killed for scientific research and unnecessary cosmetics tests. We believe this is ethically unacceptable and unnecessary.
Skincare development has evolved tremendously and today there are many more reliable and humane alternatives which do not involve animal suffering. Responsible manufacturingof products can be done in a way that is both safe for you and safe for the earth.
At Omved, we are continually developing new products, but our safety testing relies extensivelyon dermatological tests on human volunteers and scientific databases whichconfirm the good skin compatibility of our products. Moreover since our botanicals are selected from the Ayurveda philosophy, we have a guarantee of over 5000 years of continuous safe use by millions, which far outweighs any test done in a controlled group setting. We select our raw materials based on extremely high standards of quality and purity and stringent quality controls thus assuring high levels of safety and quality.
"Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without". – Rue McClanahan
Ahimsa for us means the active state of living in harmony. We embrace this principle and believe "cruelty free" not only means to ban testing on animals but should also ban the use of animal ingredients. Our products and cosmetics contain no animal ingredients (not even honey, lanolin, beeswax etc) and have been certified by PETA as cruelty free, vegetarian and even vegan in most cases.
Be a compassionate consumer and buy only cruelty-free products. Although India has banned animal testing there are many countries of the world that have not. You can support the Humane Society International Campaign by pledging your support – Click here to show your support
Plant a Tree
"Those who donate a tree are given salvation by the same trees." (MahabharatAnuParva 58/30)
Offering products as natural as ours, we would be doing no justice to our mission if we didn’t value and protect the source of all our ingredients – Mother Nature.
Join us with our green partner – Grow-Trees, to ‘Go Zero’ (reduce your carbon footprint) while creating a beautiful planet for all earthlings. Here’s how
- Ship CO2 free - We already design our products to be as eco-friendly as possible, but when we ship goods it results in carbon dioxide emissions. For customers who care about our earth as much as we do and who want to zero out this carbon footprint, we have made it easy and convenient. While shopping, simply add the Plant-a-Tree option to your shopping cart and you’re done! We will plant a tree for every click, each shipment we make.
- B.Y.O.B – Bring Your Own Bag. At Omved, while we have opted for paper carry bags over plastic ones, for reasons we are all aware -
An estimated one million plastic bags are used per minute, globally, of which less than 5.2% are actually recycled. Since they can take up to 1,000 years to break down, most of them end up in landfills, as pollution and trash in our communities, and in lakes and oceans killing countless marine life every year.
And in-spite of Omved paper bags being made from recycled paper/post-consumer waste – we still believe the most eco-friendly option is for you to bring reusable bags and say "No to plastic."
For every reusable Omved bag you buy at our stores and for every time you bring your own bag to shop - we will plant a tree.
So go on start a habit you'll be proud to flaunt: remember to take your own bags every time you go shopping. It's one simple way to go green in your daily life. And when people see you're making the right choice, they're likely to do it too.
- Go Zero – Anxious about your carbon footprint? Here’s an opportunity for you to ‘Go Zero’- offset your carbon emissions of your entire life by planting trees.
A large tree inhales 20.3 kgs of CO2 in a year (or roughly 1 ton over its lifespan of about 50 years)and exhales enough oxygen for a family of four for a year!!
Grow-Trees (Omved green partner) enables you, from the comfort of your office or home, to plant trees with just a few clicks. Tree by tree, we can expand the green cover on Earth and make a significant impact on our planet’s health. The average person can plant one tree each month to offset her carbon footprint at a nominal cost of Rs. 50 a tree.
You can even gift green; perhaps the most unusual and important gift you can give to anyone!
For every tree planted, we will email you a recognition certificate from Grow-Trees. By rebuilding forests together, we can make a real difference in the endeavor to create a healthier world, because of the inherent benefits of trees as they help address two of the world's most pressing environmental challenges--habitat loss and climate change. Native trees also help to control flooding, clean local water supplies and create habitat for birds and other wildlife. Let’s change the world together, one tree at a time.
"All virtue is summed up in dealing justly."
Aristotle From our inception, our primary philosophy has been to maintain the highest ethics in all aspects of business, in accordance with the true meaning of living with consciousness. Omved and all our suppliers have signed the Conscious Supplier Pledge. You too can sign the Conscious Consumer Pledge.
The goal behind fair trade is sustainability: improving the quality of life in disadvantaged communities while preserving the planet's resources. This helps all; companies like Omved can ethically source quality ingredients, the indigenous community finds a way out of poverty, and you, as consumers, know where your product came from and that your purchase is helping to create a better world — one product and one community at a time.
Conscious Supplier Pledge
We commit to work following the basic principles of fair trade practices and supplier conscious ethics.
- We do not practice Child Labour or bonded labour
- We support Non Discrimination, Gender Equality and Freedom of Association
- We always treat our craftsmen and artisans with respect and give them fair local rates for their work.
- We ensure safe, clean and healthy working conditions; no sweatshops
- We promote sustainably produced products using environment friendly practices and seek to minimize use and waste of natural resources
- We create opportunities for the economically disadvantaged producers. No mass produced factory manufacturing, no middle men
- We create opportunities for people who are physically challenged
- We help preserve local, traditional methods of working and cultural motifs.
- We educate and empower artisans and educate consumers in detail about our products
- We ensurenatural materials, fibre and fabrics are used wherever possible
- We promote awareness of conscious fair trade within my organisation, business or social group
We strive to practice consciousness and in time, we hope that working consciously will become second nature. Together we will create new ways to support the humanity of others through our consciousness.
Conscious Consumer Pledge
By taking this pledge, you are taking a stand to consciously and actively change your current shopping habits. This may seem like a burdensome and overwhelming task.
You may be wondering, where do I start or how can I be this proactive about everything I buy? In time, we hope that living a “conscious consumer” lifestyle will become second nature, and you will create new ways to support the humanity of others through your purchasing habits.
This pledge is a learning process and will develop over time as you tailor the pledge to your own buying preferences.
Buy fair trade. Make trade fair. Click here to sign the pledge!