AURO Environmental Declaration 2014 - page 8

8
On-site activities
Raw materials
Throughout the complete assortment, we preferably use raw
materials originating from plants and minerals that are ex-
tracted and processed as gentle as possible. Whereever it is
economically and practically viable, the company exercises
influence over the concrete social and ecological framework
conditions.
By way of example, the red colourant Achiote (Ipiak) found
its way into AURO’s range of raw materials and is now used
to complete the colour palette of the Colour wash plant
glazes. By using this colourant, AURO supports
the Shuar Indians in Ecuador who traditionally
produce and use it and also helps the
organisation „education biotropical“
to achieve their goal to recultivate a
destroyed rain forest area west of the
Andes Mountains.
These biogenic and mineral raw mate-
rials are systematically scrutinised and,
given their ecological and chemical-tech-
nical suitability, used for the production of
high-quality natural paints. Their origin and sus-
tainability is taken into account, every single batch is
tested and archived by our laboratory workers before it is
cleared for use in our products. The consistent colour quality
and product stability are under permanent review.
All raw materials that are used are declared on the product
labels and on AURO’s website. This makes it easy for con-
sumers to understand which materials are used in AURO
products. Moreover, we inform about essential characteris-
tics of the raw materials, e.g. if they are of organic (i.e. sus-
tainable) or mineral origin.
With the current use of oils from controlled biological culti-
vation (kbA), we continue our way to use more and more cer-
tified organic raw materials. The oils are used in a variety
of products so that a large portion of our assort-
ment profits from these materials. Well-
known organisations like ECOCERT or
IMO control the oils and guarantee the
superior quality required for our high
production standards.
For AURO raw materials coming from
exotic areas of cultivation, we ask our
suppliers to sign declarations on social
standards that are based on the core
norms of the ILO (International Labour
Organisation). These norms include the aban-
donment of child labour, wages that secure a liveli-
hood, decent working conditions, as well as the freedom
of association and free negotiations on pay.
Beeswax for products containing wax
Traditional extraction of gum elastic
Madder roots for colour wash plant glazes
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