Conserving biodiversity – Always at the Heart of Our Actions
In a time of climate change, biodiversity conservation has become a vital issue. A true nature lover and aware of the priceless wealth of the La Gacilly land of his childhood, Mr. Yves Rocher was always aware that it was essential to conserve the precious and fragile balance of the living world.
This forward-looking conviction has guided the way we grow our plants and produce our care products with the greatest respect for nature. Today, more than ever, we unceasingly include conservation of biodiversity in the way we work and act, thus proving that responsible beauty is possible.
At La Gacilly, the birthplace of our brand and the place we grow our botanical ingredients, we
Agroecology, organic farming, research, etc., we deeply respect the natural rhythms and ecosystems. The way we grow our plants for example (Chamomile, Cornflower, Calendula, etc.) guarantees their quality while improving soil fertility and increasing plant diversity of our land.
Our 9 emblematic plants have also been UEBT* certified (to ensure sourcing that respects people and biodiversity) since 30 July 2021.
By producing our raw materials with the greatest respect for the living world (agroecology, high mowing, sustainable management of hedges, non-use of herbicides, etc.), we contribute to increasing the number of plant species, encouraging the multiplication of local fauna.
We have also deployed many systems to protect it: reptile hideouts, bat boxes, butterfly and ladybug shelters, fruit tree plantations, creation of a pond, etc.
Bees are a key link in the cycle of living organisms and that is why we are actively fighting to stop their extinction. Therefore, we have installed 200 beehives on our 60 hectares of organic flower fields or on edges of fields and on all of our sites. The result? 10 million bees at La Gacilly, fill us with joy by producing nearly 5 tonnes of honey per year. A delight for the plants and for our taste buds.
100% of our sites as well as our Botanical Garden are LPO-Certified Biodiversity Refuges (LPO: League for the Protection of Birds).
For the past 11 years, our commitment to this major association has allowed us to preserve the local ecosystem and identify 82 bird species including 58 nesting species, 28 species of odonates (damselfly family), 57 species of butterflies as well as hares, badgers, etc.
The animals are happy and so are we!