Sustainable Harvesting

Sustainability is the term often used to describe the long-term viability of a practice of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

The growing global demand for Ayurveda and products made from medicinal plants is on the rise and has placed these plants, due to harvesting, on the endangered list. As the worldwide trend of moving away from western pharmaceuticals continues to grow, the pressure placed on the harvesting of medicinal plants on such a scale is not sustainable and restricts the future prospects for the growth and development of Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals.

Rainforests are nature’s medicine cabinet and have been the traditional source of healing for thousands of years. Tropical forest plants serve as vital resources for the treatment and eradication of disease, but these plants could easily be lost if tropical ecosystems are not preserved intact. As many of the medicinal plants grow in rainforests, the future health and welfare of humanity will be determined, to a great extent, by the fate of the rainforests and whether or not good harvesting practices are set in motion.

When we started developing Dermaved holistic skincare solutions, the highest priority was given to the supply chain dynamics of our natural raw material sources. Like the ancient formulas involved in the making of Dermaved, the source of all our raw materials are exclusively from Sri Lanka.

Overharvesting and lack of knowledge are two of the fundamental problems related to unsustainable harvesting. Overharvesting depletes the limited natural plant resources and lack of knowledge invariably compounds the problem with waste and terminal damage to future plant growth.

To overcome these two dire shortcomings, we have worked closely with local communities, particularly schoolchildren and families, to engender conservation as well as create long-term livelihoods with the initiation of home gardens under agricultural supervision.

On the other hand, special attention is given to the conservation of the wildlife to protect wild species and their habitats. Our key objective is to protect & enhance ecosystems that is home to wildlife species or populations. That’s why we strictly restrain from any form of habitat destruction, degradation, poaching & pollution.

 

In this way, we are committed to limiting the gathering of medicinal plants from the wild and ensuring that the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants continue to benefit the whole of humanity.