The Gunam Ecosystem gives you an insight into each part of the product development cycle.
Found in the Daily Liquid Exfoliant, the vetiver essential oil is cultivated in otherwise uncultivable land on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in Pondicherry.
Harvest : Cultivating vetiver rejuvenates the sandy soil found in these coastal areas by helping improve the nitrogen and micronutrient content of the soil. Solar panels are used to pump water for farming, and the use of chemical fertilizers is minimized by using compost made with locally available seaweed. The sandy, porous soil also makes the harvest much less intensive and allows for a better harvest.
The vetiver sourcing program is currently being evaluated for the Ethical and Responsible Sourcing Certification from The Union for Ethical BioTrade.
Found in the Multi-Correctional Face Oil, our organic Sea Buckthorn is sourced from the Ladakh region in the Himalayan Valley, a very remote and inhospitable part of India.
The sourcing program, which began over ten years ago, ensures the collectors (farmers) are provided job security. Due to their very remote location and lack of supporting infrastructure, the program ensures that they can consistently get their produce to market.
Once the berries are collected, they are pulped and stored in packaging materials that are provided to them, and the product is picked up from the factory location in Leh. The program also enabled the vendors to get Organic certifications free of cost. Despite having forest approval to harvest berries from particular locations, certain areas are left untouched to protect wildlife habitats.
Used in the Balance Face Cream and the Multi-Correctional Face Oil, the Turmeric is sourced from Gundulpet and the nearby regions of Karnataka.
Harvest: The sustainable turmeric sourcing program ensures that high-quality seeds are distributed to the farmers free of cost, and Good Agricultural Practices and Integrated Pest Management Practices are implemented. Several tools are used to monitor fields, and dedicated employees are on-site to ensure full traceability. The software enables geotagging and allows them to monitor fertilizer and pesticide use and track yield. Beneficial microbial consortia are added to the soil to increase the bioavailability of nutrients for the plant to absorb, ultimately boosting productivity. The farmers are also trained to use farm equipment and about the safety of pesticides and their safe disposal.
This program is also currently being evaluated for the Ethical and Responsible Sourcing Certification from The Union for Ethical BioTrade.
Found in the Balance Face Cream and Multi-Correctional Face Oil, the Jasmine Grandiflorum is native to India and is considered a sacred flower. “Grandi” as the locals call it, is sourced from several parts of Tamil Nadu, some very close to Marudur, where Synthite processes its floral extracts.
The flowers are hand-picked, one by one, during the early hours of the morning. With this comes its challenges. The labor-intensive and narrow harvest window makes the flower less popular among farmers in the region. As a result, various schemes are being implemented to encourage the farmers to continue growing and harvesting Jasmine flowers. Offering a steady base price and bonuses, providing saplings free of cost, and training programs are some of the initiatives in place to maintain consistent procurement. Good Agricultural Practices are implemented, and several measures are taken to prevent crop diseases. A farm-to-factory model ensures that the freshest of flowers are processed and better prices for the farmers.
Found in the Multi-Correctional Face Oil, our Rosehips are sourced from the South African border of Lesotho.
Harvest: We work with Bright Mountain Oils, a supplier that prides itself on ethical trade, sustainable practice, and traceability. They have developed expertise in wild harvesting protocols and have built rural community supply chains, ensuring full traceability. Additionally, they use sustainable post-harvesting technology, making them a reliable and trusted supplier of the nutrient-dense berries.
The Rosehips are Ecocert Organic Certified.