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Our founders and team are committed to supporting others, beyond our high quality supplements.
To date we have donated over £1,750,000 to charitable organisations around the world.
As a business we donate at least 1% of our annual turnover to charities, including:
The Patient Welfare Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. This hugely important initiative, run by the Aga Khan University Hospital, provides medical care to patients who would otherwise be unable to afford it - regardless of gender, faith or ethnic origin. Optibac have made regular contributions to their work since 2011 and our donations alone have funded medical treatment for more than 1125 adults and children, including for cancer care, heart surgery and in maternal health.
We're very proud to have donated over £744,000 to Womankind Worldwide. Since launching our For Women supplement in September 2014, we have contributed to this international women's rights organisation for every pack of For Women sold. Womankind's incredible work, in various countries around the world, focuses on 3 key areas: ending violence against women and girls, advancing women's economic rights, and strengthening women's participation & leadership. Read more about our partnership with Womankind Worldwide.
Gecko - a local charity, based in Frome, providing support for neurodivergent young people. We are proud to have been donating to Gecko for the last 3 years, watching them develop and grow and support more families that otherwise couldn't afford the skilled mentoring and training neurodivergent young people need.
ABCD Bethlehem - a charity founded over 35 years ago which aids rehab centres in 4 different refugee camps in the area of the West Bank in Palestine. ABCD Bethlehem stands for ‘Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability’ and the organisation provides physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, primary education and essential family support. Over the last year we helped raise £8,000 for this organisation, which has gone towards providing technical aid for families to ensure things like wheelchairs, glasses and hearing aids are given to those in need.
The most recent addition to the list of charities that we are proud to support is EDP Trust. We started to donate to this wonderful company in March 2023 and welcome our new relationship. EDP Trust are an inspiring charity who build and develop a free senior secondary school for disadvantaged students 50 kilometres west of Accra in Ghana. This unique school is called Awutu-Winton Senior High School. We look forward to see how the trust goes from strength to strength each year, fulfilling the dreams of every child at the school.
In November 2023, we also donated all proceeds from a week's sales of our children's range to Save the Children's Emergency Fund. Thanks to you, we were able to donate £11,244.55 to help support children in crisis.
Over the years we have also donated to numerous wellbeing organisations such as Whole Planet Foundation who works to empower individuals in 40 countries (and growing) around the world; as well as Shine Charity, the UK's leading registered charity providing information and advice about spina bifida and hydrocephalus. As a business we regularly take part in and raise funds for charity events such as the Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning and Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day. We actively encourage individual team members to raise money for charities of their choice, to share news of their volunteering with all of their colleagues, and to support each other with donations. The company matches any funds raised by employees - doubling any donations up to £500. Most recently these have included the Disasters Emergency Committee, Cancer Research, Women's Aid and Asthma & Lung UK.
Over the last few years we have moved our capsule supplements from plastic containers to glass jars. The cartons (which allow space for the important suitability & recommendation directions) housing the glass jars are made from fully recyclable, FSC certified cardboard, and each jar comes with a metal lid which is also recyclable. Overall, we have reduced the plastic in our capsule supplements packaging by 96%.
For the moment our powder supplements are still packaged in sachets, as this is currently the most superior option for viability of the live cultures. Research shows that putting loose powders in a jar which is opened daily, can diminish the viability of the bacteria. We are committed to finding the most eco-friendly solution for our sachet products moving forward.
Our sustainability also extends to our packing materials. Our new delivery boxes are fully recyclable and sourced from an FSC-certified supplier, as well as being made from 70% recycled materials. Furthermore, the design is printed using water-based environmentally friendly ink.
Not only do we consider the environment in our outwardly visible efforts, but the environment is always on our minds in the heart of the Optibac head office. It may seem small, but we all encourage each other to reuse and recycle our paper, turn off unused lights and computers, and boil no more water than necessary for the morning round of tea. We use the most sustainable suppliers possible, from plastic free point of sale materials in store, right down to our bamboo toilet paper at HQ!