The Draco company
A Passion for Sustainability
Forsythia – Forsythia suspensa
Brightly colored Forsythia brings welcome color to early spring with its showy yellow flowers. The seed, known as Lian Qiao in Traditional Chinese Medicine, has a long history of use to clear heat, resolve toxicity, and dissipates clumps.
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At Draco Natural Products, we are passionate about health and healing. We do our best to deliver safe, pure, natural, organic botanical ingredients so that our customers can receive optimal health benefits. This passion for healing also extends to the health of the planet we all share. We realize that running a company, however well intentioned, inevitably impacts the environment in some way. We strive to make sure that we leave as light a footprint as possible.
Draco is firmly committed to Organic Certification. It helps the consumer by ensuring clean natural chemical-free products, and it helps preserve the land where the plants are grown or found. We work closely with our farmers to help them achieve and maintain organic certification, practice sustainability, and provide them with a direct market for their crops. Our manufacturing facility is certified organic to both USDA NOP and European EC 834/2007 standards so that crops that start out organic result in extracts that are too.
For those plants that are abundant in nature or which resist effective cultivation, Draco’s wildcrafters practice ethical wildcrafting. Because wild plants are often more efficacious, better than 2/3 of our products are made from ethically wildcrafted plants. Our ethical wildcrafters always take care not to wildcraft in areas that may be affected by pollution and take only partial harvests of the healthiest plants, leaving mature seed producing plants or seeds behind to reproduce. They are careful to select the correct species, to avoid over harvesting an area, and to protect local endangered species from harm. Care is also taken to tread lightly on the land, cleaning up the area and filling in holes. As a result, our wildcrafting areas stay strong, abundant and healthy year after year.
We consider our ongoing relationship with the natural bounty of the land to be stewardship, a process of taking care of the earth so that we can receive its gifts in continuity and without degradation. We work with our wildcrafters to monitor our wildcrafting stands over multiple years to ensure the survival and ecological balance of the stand.
We also believe that it is important to take a leadership role with our sustainable practices. We hope to inspire other companies to take steps to care for the planet as well. For example, we were the first processor of botanical extracts in China to achieve organic certification.