Twenty Years of Handcrafted Home Décor
Sister Solar Factory in Indonesia
Aloha Bay is very committed to help farmers, crafts people, and other workers to earn a decent income while maintaining their traditional lifestyles with dignity and hope for their future. In 2012 our sister factory won the social impact award by the European Union's Centre for the Promotion of Imports (CBI). The CBI identifies inspiring, innovative enterprises that solve problems and provide solutions for society and the environment.
Only Rainforest Alliance Certification Protects Ancient Forests, Workers, and Endangered Species
In 2013, Aloha Bay became the first candle company to become Rainforest Alliance certified. Rainforest Alliance (RA) is an international non-profit conservation organization that certifies farms and plantations that meet their rigorous standards for the protection of natural resources and the rights and welfare of workers and local communities. RA works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land by helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. Companies, cooperatives, landowners and farmers that participate in RA's programs are reporting an increase in sustainable production. RA certification protects forests better than governments or the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve, the rate of deforestation in government protected areas is twenty times the rate of deforestation compared to RA certified forest communities. In Malaysia and Indonesia, the RSPO has not stopped forest clear cutting or fires. We do not import any wax from Indonesia where orangutan's habitats are threatened.Palm Oil Facts
Perennial organically farmed trees with no yearly tilling of the soil or decrease in biodiversity
All our candle ingredients are FDA approved for food contact. All pertinent health and safety information has been provided per the US Code of Federal Regulations. In compliance with the United States Clean Air Act, Aloha Bay candles do not cause any hazardous air pollutants or fumes nor contain ingredients listed as hazardous substances or pollutants. In addition, none of our ingredients are tested on animals. We recommend everyone be just as selective about what they inhale as what they eat.
Typically, salt lamps are produced in temporary garage-type workshops, where working conditions leave a lot to be desired. These garage-shops are often set up just to fill a few containers, offering only temporary employment. Quality standards are difficult, if not impossible, to maintain in such an environment. Nowadays, many Pakistani nationals are trying to make a “quick buck” selling low-priced salt lamps from these workshops. They are essentially middle men, not factory owners, brokering deals and paying the very least possible for the product and to their employees.
Tariq staff produces exclusively for Aloha Bay, and a relationship of trust and friendship has developed over the years. In Tariq's factory, employment is year-round. This also guarantees consistent quality, because the sculpting of the lamps is a delicate procedure. Take our tea light holders, for example; they are carefully shaped in a pleasing round design, whereas most of our competition only offers a rough salt rock with a hole.
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