MANUFAKTURA & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
What is 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 do in favour of sustainable development?
WE ARE 100 % CZECH COMPANY AND THE BASIS IS OUR LOCAL PRODUCTION
We are 100 % Czech company with tradition since 1991 and headquarters in the centre of Prague; 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 resist to such pressure and maintain our local production.
LESS IS OFTEN MORE ... OR, WE INTENTIONALLY RESTRICT EXPANSION IN THE LONG TERM
Several years ago we intentionally terminated the vast majority of our wholesale activities and we decided to sell our cosmetics almost exclusively via our own branded shops in Bohemia and Slovakia. So far we have been almost daily facing 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 a high quality of our products and the level of sales.
WE DEVELOP QUALITY AND ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
The formulae of our products are based on the content of the 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 should be applied in an adequate amount. 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 PREFER EVERYTHING OF CZECH ORIGIN
We strive diligently to use cosmetic raw materials of Czech origin; we are developing a project where our employees themselves harvest herbs. The overwhelming majority of our packaging is made by Czech producers, we print mainly in Czech printing houses. Also for the production of our accessories intended for home spa we cooperate especially with Czech suppliers – syrups from the Jizera mountains, porcelain from Dubí, candles from Moravia, gift boxes from Přerov, soap trays and aromatic lamps from a ceramic workshop in Prague, and others.
RECYCLED PLASTIC COSMETIC CONTAINERS
All our containers are made from PET, i.e. 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 8 tons of new plastic within a year thanks to the use of recycled material. There are many reasons why we reject using bioplastics, which we do not consider beneficial to the environment.
YOU WILL CARRY THE PRODUCTS YOU BUY IN PAPER OR FABRIC 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 reused (on sale since December 2018).
WE DO NOT SELL THE AIR
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.
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.
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 PRESERVE CZECH TRADITION
Since the very beginning of existence of our company we have been running a wide network of shops offering Czech folk craft and wooden toys. Thanks to the fact that we managed to ensure regular sale and cooperation in development, design and protection of products, conditions for preserving plenty of disappearing crafts have been created.
WE SAVE BOTH ENERGY AND KILOMETRES, WE RECYCLE
We continually work towards the reduction of energy performance of our production and shops, we recycle thoroughly, we use eco-friendly cleaners. With regard to our modern central storage and vehicle fleets we optimise delivery of goods: we fully exploit capacities of our delivery vans, so they do not operate half-empty.
WE PLAN SUSTAINABLY, or WE PRODUCE ONLY WHAT WE SELL
Thanks to many years of experience with own production and sale in own trade network we can make perfect plans, we sell everything that 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 always ready and willing to explain anything – so, we do not have to print and distribute vast numbers of pointless package and promotional leaflets, catalogues, and others.
OUR ADVERTISING WILL CARESS YOU
We do our best to make our advertising as pleasant, beautiful, true and gentle as our cosmetics. We consider word-of-mouth from our satisfied customers as the best promotion. We do not want to create “advertising smog” (a typical inhabitant of the Czech Republic is daily overwhelmed with a huge amount of advertisements). We do not use advertising which might be dangerous (i.e. hoardings affecting concentration of drivers). We do not advertise in media incompatible with our principles. We respect privacy of our customers – we do not monitor their movement or bother them with unwanted electronic mails or promotional leaflets in letterboxes. We do not use pretentious false phrases and terms aimed at manipulation of customers.
WE LOVE HISTORY AND WE GIVE OLD THINGS NEW LIFE
You will find ancient workbenches, washboards, washing machines, boilers and other beautiful authentic historical artefacts in our shops. Time-proven advice of our grandmas inspires development of our products. The design of our containers is based on ancient vial glasses that we find in antique shops.
INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE OUR FIRST PRIORITY
Our relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and other business partners are very exceptional in Czech business environment. We never negotiate from strength but we prefer quality and friendly relationships based on decency, thoughtfulness and mutual beneficial effects.
EMPLOYEES ACROSS GENERATIONS ARE WHAT MAKE OUR COMPANY VALUABLE
Manufaktura is proud of having employees of different age categories and they are provided with support in various stages of their life (student years, maternity leave, retirement, sick leave, and others). Young people bring vigour, energy and new ideas, while older workers enrich the company with experience and detached view. Creating pleasant working environment is one of the best and the most important investment for the owners.
CHERCHEZ LA FEMME
Women – in perfect symbiosis with male elements in the form of the owner and the managing director of the company - hold 80 % of our key management positions. Thanks to flexibility, 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 (Via Foundation, Tomáš Slavata, Centrum Motýlek) and sports events regularly and in the long term. We do not engage with subjects or in projects that we do not consider solid.