MANUFAKTURA & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
We are very pleased that the important issue of sustainability has been so much debated recently and that it has become an essential element of business of many companies. For us it has been a natural part of our activities since the very beginning.
What is the “much discussed” sustainable development?
As defined by the United Nations in 1987 sustainable development is such development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development is defined also as the balance between economic, social and environmental aspects – three pillars constituting the basic areas of human life.
Well, what do we specifically do in favour of sustainable development?
WE ARE 100 % CZECH COMPANY AND WE TAKE PRIDE IN LOCAL PRODUCTION
We have headquarters in the centre of Prague and most of our cosmetic products are developed and produced in the premises of an ancient sugar factory in Čakovice in Prague. We often face offers for cheap manufacturing outside our republic, in particular in Asia, however, we are happy to resist the pressure. We are proud of local production, which respects sustainability. Moreover, thanks to exceptional quality our cosmetics are absolutely competitive in relation to foreign cosmetic brands, the import of which imposes unnecessary burden on our planet.
WE PREFER EVERYTHING OF CZECH ORIGIN
Since the beginning of its existence Manufaktura stays true to its Czech origin and currently we are striving to maximize Czechness in all directions. Our products are developed and manufactured in Čakovice in Prague. We prefer local natural raw materials, cooperate particularly with Czech suppliers of packaging, products and services, we have been supporting small producers of Czech folk craft objects and wooden toys for a long time by securing regular disposal and ensuring conditions for maintenance of their activities.
WE DEVELOP HIGH QUALITY AND ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
The formulae of our products are based on the content of best-quality raw materials represented in our cosmetics in quantities that indeed have an effect. Thanks to that our products are fully functional and they can be applied in an adequate amount. When developing our products we draw inspiration from the best practices of our grandmas. Gentle and mild composition of our products is based particularly on plants and natural ingredients – our cosmetics contain up to 97 - 99.5 % of them. Therefore, our products are readily biodegradable.
WE RESTRICT EXPANSION INTENTIONALLY AND IN THE LONG TERM
Several years ago we intentionally terminated the vast majority of our wholesale activities and we decided to sell our cosmetics especially via our own branded shops in Czech Republic and Slovakia. So far we have been constantly rejecting overwhelming majority of exceptionally attractive proposals and almost daily we face commercially very interesting offers to expand the network of our shops all over the world. For some traders our constant rejection in association with loss of profit is incomprehensible, however, we are convinced that “less is often more.” Above all we appreciate the family atmosphere of our company where we can focus as much as possible on maintaining high quality of our products and the level of sales. We exceptionally cooperate on wholesale projects that identify with our philosophy.
WE EDUCATE OURSELVES AND OUR CUSTOMERS
We intensively monitor trends and keep educating ourselves in the field. We use new knowledge in the most efficient way possible in our business and at the same time we transmit information to our customers.
Currently we are presenting a campaign “A Little Bit of Public Awareness on behalf of our Beautiful Planet”. The central motif is a playful and original short animated film which in a fun way draws attention to common everyday activities when humans impose unnecessary burden on our nature and planet. Spare a little moment for watching the video and you will learn how you can contribute to sustainability.
WE USE RECYCLED PLASTIC CONTAINERS
All our containers are made from PET, i.e. the best-quality plastic that can be recycled up to fifty times. Moreover, 80 % of them include 25 % recycled plastic, so we have saved more than eight tons of new plastic within less than a year thanks to the use of recycled material and we are aiming to increase this number. There are many reasons why we reject using bioplastics, which we do not consider beneficial to the environment.
WE USE ECO-FRIENDLY SHOPPING BAGS
We have never used plastic bags for carrying the products our customers buy – in our shops you will get recycled paper bags or you can buy beautiful cotton eco-bags of exceptional quality, which can be used repeatedly.
YOU CAN BUY GOODS WITHOUT PACKAGING IN OUR SHOPS
A substantial part of our assortment is bath salt sold by weight – we will be happy to pack it in your own (clean and closable) containers that you bring with you, thus we save unnecessary packaging together. Manufaktura gives great attention to the question of packaging. We prefer paper packaging and other easily recyclable material from Czech producers.
WE LOVE ANIMALS
We were the first company in Bohemia which was awarded the only internationally recognized certificate of HCS (Human Cosmetics Standard) of not testing on animals. We do not exploit animal products (except for honey, beeswax and lanolin from sheep´s wool) and we refused business contracts in China, otherwise we would have had to agree with testing of our products on animals.
WE SAVE ENERGY, KILOMETRES AND PACKAGING
We continually work towards reduction of energy performance of our production and shops. With regard to our modern central storage and own vehicle fleets we optimise delivery of goods: we fully exploit capacities of our delivery vans, so they do not operate half-empty. We do not need to sell and transport “the air” – our packaging serves for protection of products, not for misleading customers by seemingly large volumes, so we do not waste packaging material. We have been successfully using films for packaging that are half as thick as they used to be, thanks to which we reach long-term saving of needless plastic material. It is also worth mentioning that on a generalised basis we use ecological cleaning products which are made from unused production necessary for start of production filling technologies.
WE RECYCLE AND GET OLD THINGS BACK TO LIFE
Separating waste and recycling in production plants, shops and offices is a matter of course. Thanks to the unique logistic system of delivery and collection from shops we are able to use every expedition paper box up to five times. “Upcycling” is an original element of our interior design. In our shops you can find old restored wooden tables, workbenches, washboards, boilers and other beautiful authentic historical artefacts. We love breathing new life to old things that can serve for a long time while looking still pretty.
WE PLAN SUSTAINABLY
Thanks to many years of experience with own production and sale in own trade network we can make perfect plans, so we sell everything we produce and we do not have to throw away anything due to expiration dates or lack of interest of customers.
WE MINIMALIZE UNNECESSARY PRINTED MATTER
We take advantage of our own network of shops with brilliant staff who is always ready and willing to explain anything – so, we do not have to print and distribute vast numbers of pointless package and promotional leaflets and catalogues. Manufaktura is going through the process of maximum computerisation, thanks to which we stopped printing invoices, electronic payslips and other documents.
STAFF IS THE COMPANY´S WEALTH
Manufaktura is proud of having employees of different age categories who are provided with support in various stages of their life (student years, maternity leave, retirement, sick leave, and others). Women – in perfect symbiosis with male elements representing the owner and the managing director of the company - hold 80 % of our key management positions. Thanks to flexible working time, the possibility of working from home and exceptionally friendly approach to children Manufaktura supports family life and allows women to maintain work-life balance.
WE LOVE TO DO FAVOURS
We support charitable projects and sports events regularly and in the long term. We extensively cooperate with VIA foundation by supporting meaningful projects aimed at improvement of the environment around our homes. On principle we do not engage with subjects and projects that we do not consider solid.