New Forest Aromatics wins Brilliance in Business AwardPUBLISHED ON: 5 DECEMBER 2019
The company, which produces a range of skincare products, scented candles and room fragrances, is now significantly carbon negative.
As part of the New Forest Business Partnership Brilliance in Business Awards, the New Forest National Park Authority sponsors the award for best contribution to the National Park. New Forest Aromatics beat off stiff competition from two other shortlisted organisations – Brockenhurst College and New Forest Activities to claim the trophy at the awards night at Beaulieu, National Motor Museum last week.
New Forest Aromatics is consistently seeking to reduce its carbon footprint. Through the Carbon Footprint Project, 12 trees are planted locally each year and as a result the company is now significantly carbon negative.
The business sources from local suppliers at every opportunity including local spring water, beeswax and lavender. Where products cannot be sourced locally there is a focus on ensuring that these are from sustainable sources. The products are stocked in a variety of shops, pubs and hotels throughout the Forest and is part of the New Forest Marque local traders. Deliveries to local businesses are grouped together to reduce product miles.
Large refillable containers have been introduced for the wholesale market to reduce plastic consumption; new ceramic containers have been introduced to support this initiative. Overall fewer than 25% of the products are now produced in plastic.
Talks are given locally to promote the business ethos and understanding of the local environment, and they welcome groups of local school children to the headquarters to educate and inspire the next generation.
New Forest Activities was also nominated and is based on the Beaulieu River and in the wider New Forest. New Forest Activities works directly in the natural environment which is recognised as being highly sensitive. It works to educate and support staff to deliver experiences which are environmentally sustainable.
The business uses local suppliers including New Forest Catering as well as continued working relationships with local accommodation providers and charities. It regularly places groups at the Countryside Education Trust and at local Scout, Guide and Hampshire County Council Centres.
Brockenhurst College was the third finalist and has been working alongside rangers at the National Park Authority to strengthen their partnership and ensure that staff and young people are involved with protecting and enjoying the natural environment in which they are located. Rangers have helped those involved to understand how to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.
In recognising the potential environmental impact the College has, it has introduced initiatives to reduce this. Car share and cycle to work schemes have been introduced and travelling by public transport is encouraged.
Students have also explored the Forest with Pedall – the New Forest inclusive cycling project which aims to promote inclusive cycling and encourages participants to enjoy the forest with specially-adapted cycles.