Who are GREEN PEOPLE?
1994 - A MOTHER'S INSPIRATION
Charlotte Vøhtz’s drive to create truly organic skincare began when her young daughter Sandra was battling multiple skin allergies and eczema. She searched the high street for natural products that would be gentle on Sandra’s sensitive skin but found that many so-called natural skincare brands used almost entirely synthetic ingredients. In fact you only need to have less than 1% natural or organic ingredients in the formulation to call it ‘natural’. Charlotte says, “From that moment, I realised that we all are children of the chemical age and that man-made chemicals found everywhere, combined with changing dietary habits, profoundly affect us all”.
1995 - TAILORED SKIN CREAMS FOR HER DAUGHTER
The lack of gentle, natural products on the market spurred Charlotte on to create her own organic creams and salves, carefully tailored to her daughter’s allergy-prone skin. Charlotte says, “There are many motivations behind an entrepreneurial spirit – to be your own boss, make money or start something new. For me the motivation came from wanting to help treat the skin problems that Sandra was suffering with. As any parent of a child with severe skin problems will know, it can be a long and frustrating battle to find treatments that work."
1997 - GREEN PEOPLE IS BORN
After years of product research and development, Green People was founded in 1997. From the very beginning Charlotte’s principles meant that product performance and ethical practice were never sacrificed for profit. A close working relationship was built with product manufacturers in Europe to create the initial product range; a relationship which still exists to this day. With a promise to never use aggressive ingredients or synthetic chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, alcohol (ethanol) or synthetic fragrances or colourants, and to never test on animals, Green People was born.
1999 - SETTING THE STANDARDS
After seeing the misleading claims made by other beauty brands, Charlotte was determined to introduce regulation in an industry where you only need 1% of natural ingredients to call your products ‘natural’. She approached the Soil Association, the leading UK organisation for organic certification, to encourage them to form standards for organic health and beauty products. In 1999 Charlotte was invited to be on a Soil Association committee to design the first standards for organic beauty. Charlotte, and later Green People’s Cosmetic Scientist Ian Taylor, played a huge role in setting natural and organic cosmetic regulations.
2000-2014 - SPREADING THE WORD
From the first stockist of one local independent health store in Sussex and a growing online presence, Charlotte proved that there was demand for effective organic skincare products. Green People became stocked in multiple national retailers as well as declining offers to be sold in leading pharmacies and big businesses that didn’t meet Charlotte’s high ethical standards. First class customer service with a personal touch and outstanding products has brought Green People close to the hearts of thousands of people. The countless testimonials from grateful customers who are relieved to have finally found skincare that works for them, are proof of the impact of Charlotte’s commitment to effective organic solutions. During this time, Green People has been presented with over 140 awards from magazines and organisations including Natural Health Magazine, Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible and The Green Parent, along with the midwife-approved TIPS awards for the Organic Babies range.
The GREEN PEOPLE ETHOS
With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Green People offers a complete range of certified organic products for all of the family. Green People products are packed with up to 99% active natural and organic ingredients to protect, nourish, balance and, most importantly, respect your body. Charlotte says, “We continually receive feedback from customers about our products. It is so satisfying to be sent testimonials telling us how we have helped transform a customer’s skin problem – and the buzz we get from knowing we can make a difference makes it all worthwhile!” They reassure their customers that the palm oil used in Green People products is from certified organic sources in countries that do not have native orang-utans such as the Philippines and Ecuador. It is a condition of organic certification that the raw materials come from trees that are grown on long-established plantations which are managed in a sustainable way to ensure that native fauna and flora are preserved. It is also a condition of achieving organic certification that the growth and production of crops does not have an adverse effect on the environment either on a local or global scale, and agricultural schemes that involve deforestation are specifically excluded from all organic certification schemes. Although Green People has come a long way from a mother simply searching for an answer for her daughter’s skin issues, as a family business, they still care for every single one of their customers, offering the same high quality organic skincare products.
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