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The Special Flower Blog — environment

Foundations of Beauty: Why Buy a Handmade Soap?

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Foundations of Beauty: Why Buy a Handmade Soap?

The act of taking a shower, at a quick glance - seems like a really simple concept. Hop in the shower, lather up, feel clean, move on - but this simple daily activity sits on top of a heap of complex issues - from utilizing synthetic detergents and surfactants, energy and chemical stockpile use, to the use of animal fats in commercial bars. Not to mention, many of the synthetic detergents are petroleum based - and most of us just go along with it. To start, lets recap what soap is - animal fat and/or plant oils (which is what...

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Planting Flowers: Practicing What We Preach

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Planting Flowers: Practicing What We Preach

Our last blog post, we talked about wrapping out soap in seed paper in order for us not only to leave our footprint in terms of soap, but also to have an impact on the environment.  It's no secret that flowers can brighten up just about anyone's day, regardless of gender (Yuliya bought me some sunflowers this past week). So when we heard that there was a way that we could deliver flowers with out soap - we jumped at the chance. Unfortunately the past week or so has been incredibly hectic (as we prepare for a pair of events)...

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Plant This Wrap: Giving Back to the Environment

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Plant This Wrap: Giving Back to the Environment

I'm going to do my best and not get preachy - but this subject is important. So I'll keep it quick and to the point! We have all heard about how eco-conscious one company to the next may be - but how many of them are giving you the chance to actually put plants in the ground? Now you can feel even better about your choice to go with Special Flower Oil Co. We are dedicated to ensuring that we are always giving back to the environment - whether its through reuse and recycle of packing materials and boxes, or...

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The Case for Sustainable Palm Oil

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The Case for Sustainable Palm Oil

After sitting for countless hours researching recipes, doing everything I can to understand sustainability practices, and doing research I've come to an interesting conclusion. PALM OIL MIGHT NOT BE THE ENVIRONMENTAL ENEMY WE THINK IT IS. Wait. What? Hear me out for a second.  Sustainability issues have been a focus regarding palm oil for the better half of the last two decades, culminating in the formation of the  Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil or RSPO in 2004. The goal of the RSPO is to promote the sustainable production of palm oil - certifying palm plantations and subjecting them to audits by an...

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