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Aloe Aloe ferox, widely used throughout cosmetics and health products much of which is collected from the wild

Wild at Home the global harvest and trade of wild plant ingredients

Aloe Aloe ferox, widely used throughout cosmetics and health products much of which is collected from the wild

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Published 25th June 2018

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New report highlights global trade in wild plant ingredients

Cambridge, UK, 25th June 2018—a new TRAFFIC study has drawn attention to the wild plant ingredients used in everyday products and the need for their traceable, sustainable and ethical sourcing and trade.

Wild at Home: An overview of the harvest and trade in wild plant ingredients

Report author(s):
Martin Jenkins, Anastasiya Timoshyna, Marcus Cornthwaite

Publication date:
June 2018


Notes:

[1] About FairWild Week
FairWild Week is an annual online initiative which celebrates the power of wild plants in our daily lives. We’ll be telling success stories of how FairWild is helping protect wildlife, ecosystems and harvester communities and explaining how you as a consumer or business can be part of the solution to the threats facing wild plants. This year, FairWild Week runs from 25th June to 1st July. 

Follow the action at fairwild.org/fairwild-week or @FairWild #FairWildWeek

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[2] Trade in CITES-listed plants
The trade in some of the plant ingredients used widely in everyday products is regulated under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). The top traded wild-collected medicinal and aromatic plant species over the past decade include candelilla Euphorbia antisyphilitica (used in cosmetics), pygeum Prunus africana (an important ingredient of herbal remedies), cosmetic Aloe ferox, and agarwood (derived from Aquilaria and Gyrinops species) used in fragrances and incenses, as well as various orchids, particularly Dendrobium spp. harvested for use in traditional Asian medicine.

[3] The Wild Dozen – key plants to look out for in your products
This list provides examples of species important in trade, wild-harvested, susceptible to harvesting pressure (e.g. overcollected, vulnerable to unsustainable trade), and/or that are in supply chains problematic for social inequality of trading practices. Explore the species to look out for here: WILD DOZEN


About FairWild

The increasing demand for wild plants—as ingredients for food, cosmetics, well-being and medicinal products—poses major ecological and social challenges. The pressure on potentially vulnerable plant species can endanger local ecosystems and the livelihoods of collectors, who often belong to the poorest social groups in the countries of origin.

As a response to these concerns, the FairWild Foundation is working with partners worldwide to improve the conservation, management and sustainable use of wild plants in trade, as well as the livelihoods of rural harvesters involved in wild collection. TRAFFIC has supported the development of the FairWild Standard, and now hosts the organization’s Secretariat under a partnership agreement.