Whenever possible, we try to source quality ingredients right from our own backyard. Whether it’s an almond grower in California, honey producer in Ontario or a wheatgrass farmer in British Columbia, we love supporting local economies that employ our family, friends and neighbors.
Across North America, we find and work with a number of suppliers who grow, manufacture, harvest and supply us with some of the freshest ingredients. Using them fresh means we get them at their prime, so they’re packed with the maximum amount of nutrients to make our skin and haircare products extraordinarily effective. Sure, there are some ingredients that we have to travel across the world to source, but when we have an opportunity to work with a North American supplier, we jump at the chance!
In a small town just 40 miles east of our Canadian factory in Vancouver, lives our blueberry supplier, Onninks Blueberry Farms. It’s from here that we receive the berries we use in our Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask. Blueberries are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help keep skin looking bright and fresh.
Once Onninks blueberries are delivered to our factory, we waste no time prepping and mixing them into a new batch of our popular Fresh Face Mask. Once it’s done, we put it into pots and send them fresh from the factory and out to our shops in as little as two days.
Every year at Lush North America we blend, juice and boil loads of fresh wheatgrass for our Skin’s Shangri La Moisturizer. It’s delivered fresh to our Vancouver kitchen by a local company called Giddy Up and Grow – a small farm located about 35 miles away from us in Mission, B.C. Our partnership with Giddy Up and Grow allows us to support a local business and use the very freshest wheatgrass possible. It’s a match made in heaven!
Giddy Up and Grow’s wheatgrass is 100% organic and grown with certified organic seeds purchased from Canadian farmers. Just one ounce of wheatgrass juice contains 103 vitamins, minerals and amino acids, plus the beneficial pigments chlorophyll and beta-carotene; making it incredibly nourishing for the body and the skin.
To give BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask, Daddy-O and BIG shampoos, and our BIG conditioner a high mineral content and skin-softening properties, we use bladderwrack seaweed. And for more than 10 years, we’ve been receiving seaweed from Dr. Louis Druehl and Rae Hopkins of Canadian Kelp Resources – a husband-and-wife team just 150 miles west of Vancouver.
In the tiny village of Bamfield, B.C., Louis and Rae harvest fresh rockweed (or bladderwrack) seaweed from Dixon Island, just six miles south from where they live. They’re known for their sustainable harvesting methods, which include cutting seaweed from the rocks by hand – a labor-intensive process that that leaves the live plant behind, ensuring it will grow back.
Choosing to buy local whenever we can is important to Lush – a practice that doesn’t just support local businesses, but also reduces the amount of energy required to ship materials. It’s something we’re proud to stand behind and it gives us the chance to get customers thinking about choosing local in their own lives.