Cultivation in Mexico

Cultivation in Mexico

Our Aloe vera is grown according to the standards defined by Organic Farming which guarantee:

  • A high level of nutritional components such as vitamins, antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and polysaccharides.
  • The controlling of heavy metals, mycotoxins, residues of pesticides, glycoalkaloids, and the quality of water (nitrates, etc.).
  • A high water-retention capacity which enables the crops to resist drought better.
  • Sampling in the fields to control the absence of products forbidden by the specifications.
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Harvesting by hand

The plant must be preserved as it needs several years to reach maturity.

  • Only the ripe leaves are harvested. They are carefully picked on the crown of the rosette.
  • A sharp, neat cut is made at the base of the leaf to allow the sap to flow and ensure fast healing.
  • Only 2 to 3 leaves are taken from each plant at each harvest.
Harvesting by hand

Extracting the flesh by hand: The raw material, the flesh, is the product of the manual « filleting » of the leaf harvested in the producers’ fields close to the extraction room. This guarantees the preservation of the wealth of polysaccharides, the natural components of aloe vera which are responsible for its activity.

Fair trade

Fair trade

Pur’Aloé works with Mexican farmers according to the « OperAequa » fair trade charter for the supply of organically certified raw material. The application of these requirements is regularly checked in the field by the « Bioagricoop » certification organisation.

Why fair trade?

  • An opportunity for the producers who are penalized by the conventional trade system.
  • Transparency of trade relationships.
  • Self-sufficiency of small producers through the continuity of trade relationships.
  • The promotion of fair trade by the raising of customer awareness on injustice.
  • Payment of a fair price fixed after discussion (We also pay a premium which is not acually demanded in this framework).

  • Parity: valorisation of women’s work, women in governance.
  • Working conditions:  a healthy, safe environment.
  • Child labour: respect of the United Nations Convention on children’s rights.
  • The environment: application of responsible production methods.
  • The trade relations must take account of social, economic and environmental wellbeing.

The OperAequa Fair Trade Chart