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Sustainability

Watkins has long been a pioneer in natural living, utilizing the finest natural ingredients since 1868. As part of our commitment to creating natural, effective products for bath and body, home care, remedies and organic flavorings, we have pledged to act responsibly and make sustainable choices when it comes to our products, processes and people.

Our Freedom Code
  • our products

    We have full-time chemists on staff who work hard to ensure product formulas live up to our quality standards.
    [photo credit Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg News]

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Our Products
Watkins products are made according to strict quality standards and contain only natural, environmentally friendly ingredients from renewable resources. We’re big believers in letting go, especially when it comes to eliminating artificial additives and colorings. In addition to a full line of plant-based home care products that are free of pollutants and biodegradable, we also have a full line of USDA certified 100% Organic Herbs and Spices and All-Natural Pure Extracts.
In many cases, the ingredients we leave out of our product lines are just as important as the ones we put in. In the J.R. Watkins Freedom Code, which we introduced in 2008, we pledge to remain free of products that have been published as unsafe for consumer use or unnatural. This list includes ingredients such as ammonia, bleach, petrochemicals, sulfuric acid and formaldehyde. We’re guessing you won’t miss them!

  • our process

    In late 2012, we expanded our gourmet line with the launch of 52 herbs and spices in new, recyclable glass bottles.
    [photo credit Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg News]

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Our Processes
Responsible manufacturing processes are as important to us as the commitment to provide natural, consumable items for everyday life. By utilizing gravity-fed filling, choosing soy-based ink, selecting biodegradable packing materials, implementing recycling programs and much more, Watkins is devoted to leaving the smallest environmental footprint possible. We look for ways to eliminate waste and streamline operations, while at the same time encouraging our vendors to use renewable energy and cut waste.

  • Channel One

    We support local and national organizations annually, including Channel One, Winona State University Foundation and Family & Children Center.

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    We support local and national organizations annually, including Channel One, Winona State University Foundation and Family & Children Center.

  • Regional food bank

    We support local and national organizations annually, including Channel One, Winona State University Foundation and Family & Children Center.

  • Famil and Children's Center

    We support local and national organizations annually, including Channel One, Winona State University Foundation and Family & Children Center.

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Community Involvement
J.R. Watkins Naturals has supported the community of Winona, Minn. continuously for over 140 years. Along with numerous donations for various disaster relief initiatives, Watkins continues to support educational, cultural and humanitarian efforts nationally and locally.