At Akamuti, we are totally against all forms of animal testing and ensure that all our raw ingredients are sourced from animal friendly suppliers. Our fixed cut-off date is the same date as our company formation, ie. July 1st 2003. We have never tested any of our products on animals and it has been our priority to source ingredients from suppliers who uphold the same policy. This means that none of our individual ingredients or end products have ever been or ever will be tested on animals. Our preparations are tested by willing people and assessed for safety by our laboratory.
The Orangutan inhabits the lush forests of Borneo in Asia, where the dense tree cover and vegetation provide the ideal environment for these graceful intelligent animals to thrive. Unfortunately, many of these tree habitats are being cleared to make way for mass palm tree plantations to fulfil the requirements of the palm oil industry. The demand for cheap palm oil results in vast deforestation and the destruction of the Orangutan’s habitat. Many baby Orangutans are left orphaned and suffer burns and skin problems as a result of the forest fires (started to destroy forest to make way for palm plantations). According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production.
Our palm oil is sourced from producers who are fully committed to the sustainable production of organic and fairly traded products. They collect, process and trade organic, fair-trade and sustainable palm oil, using only organic and sustainable production practices, which ensures a sustainable and reliable supply chain. We use Fair For Life, RSPO certified organic palm oil and red palm oil from Ecuador.
We support The Orangutan Land Trust and endeavour to educate consumers about the destructive impact of palm oil production. For more information about orang-utans and forest conservation, please visit www.forests4orangutans.org
Our organic certified beeswax and honey supplies are fairly traded with forest beekeepers living in the vast stretches of virgin forest throughout Zambia and Ethiopia. Beekeeping is one of the few sources of income in these areas. The forests are untouched by development and pollution. The wild bees are resilient to disease and never come in contact with antibiotics, sugar feeds or organophosphate treatments. The forest beekeepers construct bark hives which they hang high up in the trees to provide a home for swarms of wild bees. After 2 years the honeycombs are ready to be cut and the villagers set out to harvest them. They take around half of the honeycombs, leaving the bees plenty of supplies. These beekeeping skills are vital in maintaining the survival of the people and the forest. The forest is integral to the beekeepers survival and this ensures that the forest is kept the way it always has been, an environment on which they rely and work with. Our fragrant beeswax and honey is full of the goodness of the forest.