Weleda - the original ‘green’ company
At Weleda we see the universe as one integrated whole. This view is not new, it was shared by Rudolf Steiner, our founder, more than 80 years ago. We passionately believe that health is much more than a lack of disease but instead an integrated state of physical, mental and social wellbeing. This holistic worldview is the basis of everything we do at Weleda, as we create products that respect the environment, local communities and our global customers alike. In the same way, our medicines treat the whole person, enabling them to take responsibility for their own health, while restoring their inner balance and strengthening their life force.
Our aim is to help everyone, old and young. This is not a marketing ploy but a way of life and is deeply rooted in all aspects of our business. These beliefs affect every decision we make at Weleda.
Right from our very first day in 1921, Weleda has been committed to restoring health and maintaining wellbeing for all people naturally, safely and ethically. With these values in mind we farm most of our natural ingredients biodynamically.
15 acres in Derbyshire are lovingly tended to exacting Demeter standards by Weleda gardeners, contributing to the 135 acres of biodynamic gardens the Weleda Group cultivates worldwide.
Fresh ingredients are assured for plant tinctures. As soon as plants are at the optimal time for use, the gardeners harvest them, so ensuring the best possible quality ingredients. It’s that which makes Weleda’s specialist anthroposophic and homeopathic medicines first choice for many hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacists, herbalists, homeopaths, naturopaths and other complementary health practitioners. Weleda also produces 200 over-the-counter natural medicines, available in independent health stores and pharmacies.
For other essential plant ingredients, including some wild plants, ethical sourcing is assured. Weleda has established over 100 global fair trading partnerships, 50% of Weleda’s fair trading partners currently employ biodynamic methods, and the company is working towards a target of 100%. All fair trading farmers must produce ingredients of pharmaceutical quality.
Value for money comes second only to quality. Ensuring products don’t cost the earth – in every way – is important.
Our bodycare products are made without animal testing, petrochemicals or GM ingredients, and our minimal packaging is wholly recyclable, too. In this way our business works to improve the quality of life of our customers and our co-workers while respecting and enhancing our shared environment.
Caring for staff helps them in turn care for customers, so a full-time cook is employed for the Derbyshire staff’s organic kitchen, housed in the newly opened Garden Room. Along with comfortable areas to eat and chat, this new building offers space for yoga, massage and eurythmy (group movement sessions) for the team. With self sufficiency in mind, the gardeners have established a new biodynamic kitchen garden outside, so many of the cook’s ingredients come straight from our vegetable plot to the table.
Weleda UK is part of a group, which manufactures and distributes in over 51 countries worldwide.