Grant winner

Andrea McFadden’s Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm has won a $5,000 grant for leading the way in eco-packaging for its skin care creams and lotions.

For being a leader in eco-packaging, Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm in East Kelowna has won a $5,000 Canadian FedEx Small Business Grant.

Almost 2,000 companies applied for the 10 grants that were handed out across the country.

Okanagan Lavender, at 4380 Takla Rd., was recognized as being at the forefront of eco-friendly packaging by putting its lavender-infused skin care creams and lotions in eye-catching beige and black 30-millilitre containers made of wood chips.

The packaging is hard like plastic but has a distinctive texture and particle fleck that indicates it’s not plastic.

“Yes, it’s game-changing and life-changing packaging,” said Okanagan Lavender owner Andrea McFadden.

“We feel good about doing this and so do our customers.”

When the little wood chip containers are empty, they can be cleaned and reused for something else or composted.

Okanagan Lavender also makes solid perfume and lip balm that come in paper-based tubes.

Okanagan Lavender will use the $5,000 FedEx grant to market its sustainable products and philosophy to more people.

The farm grows its own lavender and herbs, and the shop sells not only skin care products, but also seasonings, jellies, syrups, teas and sugars.

Products are also offered online at OkanaganLavender.com.

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