GAIA Skin Naturals is proud to support a number of charities,
not-for-profit and community organisations throughout the year.
Our most recent recipients have been:
THE AUSTRALIAN BREASTFEEDING ASSOCIATION
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is an organisation of people interested in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. Amongst these are breastfeeding women and their partners and health professionals such as doctors, lactation consultants and midwives. ABA was founded in Melbourne, Victoria in 1964 (as the Nursing Mothers' Association), with the primary aim of giving mother-to-mother support to breastfeeding women.
Is the parent body which guides and assists prem support groups by being a central point of communication and publicity and providing information to families, hospitals, health professionals, and the wider community. They representing the interests of parents of prems in terms of hospital policy and assisting with research into causes of pre-term birth and the treatment of premature infants.
Choose Cruelty Free is a non-profit organisation that promotes cruelty-free living. Encourages manufacturers and service providers to adopt a cruelty-free ethic. Surveys companies which claim to sell products that have not been tested on animals and do not contain cruelly-derived ingredients and accredits (without charging a fee) companies which satisfy CCF's criteria.
Criteria for accreditation as a cruelty-free company is the most stringent in the world.
GAIA Skin Naturals is proud to support Greenpeace Australia. Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.
GAIA Natural Baby is pleased to have sponsored the “Wrapping Your Baby” Brochure as part of Karitane’s instructional leaflet resource collection and supported their annual Golf Day fundraiser. Karitane is a group of baby clinics and family centres in NSW which offer advice and training to parents and nurses. They specialise in alternative feeding methods (when breast feeding is impossible), support for those suffering perinatal mood and other disorders.
The shea butter used in GAIA products is sourced through a community project in Ghana. This community is supported with a fair trade agreement and the region is organic.
The shea nut trees grow wild and uncultivated, and as a result, no applied chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers, toxic or hazardous substances come in contact with these tress. Once the fruits ripen, they fall to the ground where women proceed to collect them on foot. The nuts are first dried in the sun to bring out their natural oils. the dried nuts are then roasted, ground by hand and kneaded, producing the soft shea nut butter. The fuel used for the fire to roast the nuts is collected by the women from dead wood and bracken. No trees are cut down to produce the fires.
The shea nut butter produced is organic and handmade using age-old methods. Paper-lined trucks transport from the village Wa to the capital Accra's port for shipping to the refinery and the raw material is refined and deodorised to organic standards by steam processing, ready for commercial use.