SUSTAINABILITY

Our vision for sustainably grown sandalwood is the inspiration behind our innovation.

Our ambition is to create the most effective, beautiful products whilst contributing positively to our environment and community.

PROVENANCE

The Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) species has remained on the ICUN Threatened species red list since 1998, and despite conservation efforts, the native population has continued to decline according to the most recent Global Tree Assessment, conducted by Botanic Gardens Conservations International (September 2021).

Whilst native populations have dwindled in India due to hundreds of years of over-harvesting, our plantations in the pristine East Kimberley region of Western Australia are one of the world’s only sustainable sources of this sacred tree.

TRACEABILITY

Reaching across each element of growing, harvesting and distilling Indian sandalwood, we are able to trace each step in the life of our trees and verify their authenticity for the benefit of our customers.

By operating a vertically integrated farm, we are not only minimising our impact on the planet but providing transparency to our customers about where their products come from and how they are made.

BIODIVERSITY

One of the environmental benefits of farming Indian sandalwood trees is that by virtue of its parasitic nature, Indian sandalwood requires up to four host trees in order to flourish.

The abundant biodiversity that comes with planting various species of trees within the plantation creates a rich eco-system of wild-life and forest-health, which feed each other – a phenomenon not usually associated with plantation farming.

CARBON

Whilst offsetting thousands of tonnes of carbon over the course of their 15 – 20-year lifespan, our trees continue to benefit the environment and local community once they are harvested. Our sandalwood farming, harvesting and distillation practices are designed to eliminate waste and minimise energy-usage, using every part of the tree, and all its bi-products.

WATER

Our sandalwood plantations are irrigated with the water supplied to the Ord River region by the mighty Lake Argyle. Our farms have been strategically positioned to tap into one of Australia’s most abundant water resources, rather than depleting scarce resources or extracting from subterranean artesian wells.

During the Kununurra wet season, enough fresh water to supply Perth for 10 years is captured by the Lake Argyle system. Between October and February, the gates to Lake Argyle open, allowing roughly 2,500 gigalitres of water a day to pass through, whilst limiting flooding of adjacent land. During the dry season the gates close to allow for water storage and diversion to the irrigation channel, ensuring a year- round supply of water.

HARVESTING & WOOD PROCESSING

Our harvesting operations are managed in partnership with the local indigenous community – providing stable employment opportunities to East Kimberley locals. Once harvested, sapwood is removed by hand, to ensure that no heartwood - the oil-bearing part of the tree, is overlooked.

Very few commercial operators in the fragrant wood industry use artisans to process sandalwood in this way due to the cost of labour, preferring to use machinery to unearth the heartwood. Removing the sapwood by hand eliminates wastage and has allowed us to reduce energy consumption by 70%.

DISTILLATION

Indian sandalwood is steam-distilled at our in-house distillation facility using purified rainwater. Removing sapwood by hand, and therefore reducing the amount of sapwood in the distillation process, has resulted in a 33% reduction of water usage and a higher-quality hydrosol biproduct.

REFILL REBATE

All Heartwood-branded products can be returned to Heartwood’s Cottesloe Headquarters to be refilled or fully recycled via our recycling partner, Terracycle.

If you would like to repurchase your Heartwood product, please consider allowing us to refill your existing product by visiting us in-store or contacting us at woody@heartwoodco.com.au to request a shipping slip.

As a reward for refilling your Heartwood vessel you will receive 10% off the original retail price.

CHARITY

Heartwood’s Charity Partner is The Cancer Council of WA, who fund world-class research that targets cancer from every angle.

We have donated over $10,000 to The Cancer Council’s research initiatives since our inception,  and are committed to being a small part of crushing this disease through our continued support.

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