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Centifolia engages in furthering its scientific knowledge of plants, with the goal of extracting ingredients that can benefit both our skin’s health and beauty. Our primary concerns are the respect of people and their well-being, which are as important as the respect for nature and the vitality of plants.
Obviously, Centifolia’s ethical standpoint revolves around the way products are being formulated. Thus Centifolia hasdeveloped various ranges of high quality products which target different skin types. Our products bear the Cosmebio and Ecocert labels and all the active ingredients have been produced organically.
Centifolia’s research centre and production facility benefit from an exceptional location, in the heart of a preserved nature, a true source of inspiration. The factory is located in western France, in the Deux Sèvres department, surrounded by a traditional farmland.
Centifolia was founded over 35 years ago, in 1983, by people whose passion for nature convinced them to produce effective products that are good for both Man and the environment. Today, the company is managed by the main founders’ two sons, who are maintaining the family’s adventurous initiative with the same commitment and with an ever stronger conviction.
The factory is located in western France, in the Deux Sèvres department, surrounded by a traditional farmland.
Eco-design is about making products that impact the environment as little as possible. It’s one of the basic principles of our approach. Eco-design affects every stage of a product’s life cycle, from sourcing the raw materials to manufacturing, distributing, using and, finally, the end-of-life (recycling and recovery).
Every day, our experts are busy growing raw materials, designing, producing, packaging and shipping our entire range of Centifolia products - and they make sure that the eco-design principle is applied at every stage.
Centifolia’s research centre and production facility are amongst the most eco-friendly in the world! It owns over 5,000 sq m of indoor premises (research and development, manufacturing and packaging), surrounded by a 300 acre botanic garden.
- The building was awarded HQE (High Environmental Quality) certification in 2010
- All the energy used is renewable
- Over 30% of the energy used is produced on site, via a high-performance energy mix:2 biomass boilers that burn miscanthus, also known as ‘elephant grass’, which is grown and harvested on site in the botanic gardenOver 4,000sq m ofsolar panelsA 35 metre wind turbineWe have been measuring our carbon footprint every 3 years since 2010. Last time this showed that we had reduced our carbon footprint by 6%
- Water treatment and conservation are also a primary concern. This is why we treat all our waste water in our own treatment plant, which uses a biological procedure called phyto-purification.
Centifolia’s 300 acre botanic garden is in a leafy green setting and is home to a unique range of biodiversity. The botanic garden is tended in such a way as to foster plants’ and animals’ biodiversity and adheres strictly to the natural rhythms of the seasons, the planets, and so on.
- The site is an LPO bird sanctuary (LPO/Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux - French equivalent of the RSPB)- 9 biotopes have been identified- 177 different species of animal have been identified- 148 different plant species have been identified- Since 1982, over 85,000 trees of various different species have been planted. In addition to promoting biodiversity, once fully grown these trees capture between 1 and 4 tonnes of CO2.
Going beyond our own particular production site and botanic garden, we are keen to do what we can to conserve biodiversity in general, because it is a real treasure trove of useful knowledge and resources. This is why we invest in our Science and Nature Foundation, whose purpose is to support projects that focus on research, conservation and sharing.
Right from the start, we have been aware of our responsibilities in terms of waste reduction. Our experts and external consultants are currently working closely together to build a sustainable packaging strategy. Various criteria must be taken into consideration in the search for lasting solutions that reduce the ecological impact drastically rather than simply moving it elsewhere. We have already introduced the following changes:
- The plastic bottles for our vegetable oils and infusions have been replaced by glass bottles, reducing the amount of plastic used in these ranges by 70%
- 100% recycled and recyclable PET used for our range of shampoos
- Use of monomaterials to promote optimal recyclability
- Personal hygiene products offered in large sizes
- Research into zero waste retailing of hygiene products in sales outlets
Centifolia, a specialist brand committed to improving the well-being of both Man and Nature.