One of our core principles– still the same as in the early pharmacy days – was to develop products that are friendly to the skin but also to the environment. Today this core principle translates into an ongoing multi-faceted effort to protect the environment and support the community; we strive to do the right thing, and this is what leads every decision we make…from the ingredients we select, the way we select them and how we package our products to our NO WASTE operation and the use of renewable energy.
By protecting Greece’s 1,200 indigenous flora, we are protecting the World’s flora.
All our formulations are developed based on natural or certified organic ingredients. Our plant hunters select the ideal cultivation region for each herb based on climate and soil criteria while at the same time working towards protecting endangered herbs and sustaining plant populations.
We avoid the use of harsh chemicals and substances that can be harmful to our skin and environment. We avoid the use of non-biodegradable ingredients. We use the Formula Facts table on our packaging to fully describe the percentage of natural content and the formula structure in a way that everyone can comprehend.
Production & Packaging
__100% renewable energyWorking on a credible, simple set of criteria that represent real, quantifiable emission reductions. Our GREEN GUARANTEE certified plant – including production, packaging and storage – operates entirely on hydroelectric power. The KORRES headquarters are ISO and ECOCERT certified [14001: 2004].
98% of our global markets are air-shipment free as part of our ongoing effort to limit air transfers.
99% of our packaging is recyclable, and when possible recycled. For our packaging we use the most environmentally sound materials, while each product is designed so that its individual parts can be easilly separated and recycled. Unnecessary packaging is eliminated. Our entire HAIR & BODY portfolio is box-free. Packaging facts are featured on the Formula Facts table of each product.
Thorough recycling policy for printing, plastic, paper, glass, electric, electronic, retail and merchandise units. We promote the idea of recycling through mini-recycling units within all our stores. Educational seminars for KORRES team members are ongoing.
__We have created an exemplary, environmentally-friendly, first-for Greece plant extraction unit. It allows us to fully process our selected ingredients in a way that out of each single herb, we end up with up to 11 derivatives that can be used in our formulations. The residue is turned into organic soil and sent back to our network of organic farmers. A literally no-waste operation. We have made the decision to use natural instead of chemical solvents despite the higher cost, to avoid burdening the environment.
__We collaborate with micro farmers, agricultural unions, educational and social institutions including rehabilitation and prison farms. We teach our partners organic farming and sustainable agricultural systems. We help them throughout all stages of cultivation and harvesting and support them financially through purchasing their produce.
The choice not to cultivate ourselves the herbs that we need is a conscious one. Our aim is not to compete, but to support the farmers and their unions, as well as the community bodies.
This continuous effort is part of our focus on ethical co-operations that also include a network of suppliers consisting of people with special needs. This network which caters for a percentage of our promotional materials including printing and sewing productions.
__protecting natural habitatFriends of Oak & Nature is a union with a mission to protect the biggest Oak forest in Southeast Europe. Located in Northwestern Greece, the 130,000 sq m forest is host to• 256 endemic plants• 126 bird species, 26 out of which are threatened with extinction• thousands of great-age Oak trees
The forest is mainly threatened by illegal wood-cutting and arson. KORRES contributes towards the replacement of illegally cut trees with an annual fun while cooperating with the local authorities on an effective protection plan.
All our formulations are developed based on natural ingredients... More >
The choice not to cultivate ourselves the herbs that we need, is a conscious one... More >
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How we produce
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