May 22, 2020 3 min read
At Evolve we are always looking for not only the best natural and organic ingredients, but also the best ways to source them.
We are always looking for more ways that we can be greener and more sustainable, and how we source our Cacay Oil is just one of those.
Cacay Oil is the natural oil cold pressed from the nuts of the Amazonian Cacay tree. It holds a whole array of skin benefiting ingredients such as vitamin E, linoleic acid and natural retinol.
If you want to find out more about this amazing oil and how we source it then keep reading!
Cacay Oil is the natural oil cold pressed from the nuts of the Amazonian Cacay tree. For centuries people have used Cacay Oil as an ointment for wounds due to its healing properties, and even with modern medicine available today, Cacay Oil is still used by natives in South America.
The oil itself is full of natural antioxidants and natural fatty acids which are great to use to help skin concerns such as ageing and dryness. Helping skin to feel more nourished and deliver Cacay Oil’s ‘youthful glow’, which is why it is gaining popularity so fast in the world of beauty and skincare.
We source our Cacay Oil from Kahai, a company in South America who are the largest producers of Cacay Oil. Kahai looks at various concerns from social and economic to environmental when it comes to producing and selling Cacay Oil.
Cacay trees have been known to be deforested for firewood, but in order to further prevent this deforestation from happening, Kahai have stepped in and planted tree nurseries. By 2018, 5000 hectares of land (imagine 6,000 football pitches!) has been reforested with cacay trees, and the work is still continuing. All of the land that Kahai are replanting used to predominantly consist of cacay trees before deforestation occurred.
This allows Kahai to not only preserve the species itself and meet an increasing demand for Cacay Oil, but also create lots of amazing job opportunities and income for the local communities through harvesting and processing the nuts!
Reducing waste is really important to us at Evolve, we are always trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce not only in our working lives but also in our personal lives. This not only means being conscious of our own actions but also what we work with when we are creating new products and looking for amazing natural ingredients.
When it comes to the cacay nut, every single part is used, not one little bit goes to waste. After the oil is pressed out, the peel is used for compost among the next cacay tree crop. The shells are used as cooking flour and anything else that is left can be used as food supplements due to its high levels of protein.
If you want to find out more about Kahai and the work that they are doing, you can visit their website here.
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