Badger

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Who They Are

Have you ever experience dry, cracked hands with no sense of relief in sight? Well, times that by ten and you might get the sense of how Bill Whyte, former carpenter and now founder and CEO of Badger, felt back in 1994. Working as a carpenter in New England, at the end of every workday, Bill would have cracked and often bleeding hands. When he realized his friends were also going through the same pains and struggles because of the work they did, Bill knew he wanted to find a do-it-all solution for dehydrated skin. Bill and his buddies tried every lotion and potion out there, but nothing did the trick. Bill even tried to ease his pain by putting olive oil soaked socks on his hands at night, but home remedies like this were not successful. Frustrated, he took matters into his own hands (literally).

One morning, Bill whipped up a batch of beeswax and olive oil in a pot on his kitchen stove, desperate to find something that would work. After some formula experimentation and trial, Bill’s hands were healed and a new business was born! But Badger didn’t grow overnight. It tooks years of hard work, dedication, and desire to produce the best products possible. Bill tested his salves, balms, and creams on the toughest skin out there–the hands of his carpenter friends. After years of testing and trying, plus a new packaging and logo, he took his products door to door to local hardware stores, lumber yards and health food stores. Each store bought at least a $100 box of Badger Balm!

Now, more than 20 years later, Badger is the same family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly company that puts the environment and its employees above all else. It’s kept the same mission at its core since the beginning: to provide the highest quality natural products while running a business that is fun, fair and profitable.


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Why We Like Them

Badger is proud to be more than just your average company–they’re family. What brings them together isn’t money or fame, it’s a shared love for the planet, and all the living things on it. That’s why environmental responsibility is one of the core principles over at Badger, from the big things to the small. From supporting organic and USDA Certified organic agriculture, to using fair trade, sustainably harvested ingredients and using glass or aluminum packaging when possible, Badger always goes the extra mile to ensure their products do better.

But don’t just take our word for it. As a Certified B Corp, Badger meets rigorous third party standards, and is part of a select community of businesses that are dedicated to making positive social, environmental and economic changes that impact both the people and the planet. To the folks over at Badger, money is fuel to do better; not an end goal. They pride themselves in taking care of their employees in every way possible, from encouraging fun in the workplace to giving time off to their employees for volunteering. They believe that a healthy and successful workplace begins with those who make it all happen: employees! All Bager employees get free daily lunches with mostly organic and local ingredients, health insurance, maternity and paternity leave, and are part of a unique program that lets you bring your baby to work for the first 6 months.

Badger has seen first hand the power of community. That’s why they donate 10% of their pre-tax profits to non-profit organizations that support children, local organizations, and other important causes. And it all started with one New Englander’s desire to have healthy hands. Today, those same hands have shaped Badger into a booming family-owned, family-run and family-friendly business, with the same ideals that got them started. Woven into every batch of Badger products is the vision for a healthier world, embodied through the way they work, live, and play.

  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
  • NSF/ANSI 305
    NSF/ANSI 305
  • Leaping Bunny
    Leaping Bunny

  • Family Business
  • No GMO
    No GMO
  • B Corp
    B Corp
  • USDA Certified Organic
    USDA Certified Organic
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

The NSF/ANSI 305: Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients Certification helps to label personal care products that may not be eligible for USDA certification, as they are non-food items. Products are evaluated by an independent organization to assure they contain at least 70% organic ingredients by weight. NSF allows for limited chemical processing that is deemed necessary for the production of certain personal care products.

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

This product is made by a family-owned business. EarthHero loves to support and empower businesses built around strong family values. 

This product is made without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms. The process of using GMO’s involves manipulating the DNA of plants, animals, and other organisms to produce benefits such as an ability to tolerate herbicides or produce their own pesticides. GMO’s have been deemed as unsafe by many developed nations.

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

Products labeled as USDA certified organic contain ingredients that are produced without pesticides, petrochemicals, ionizing radiation, or synthetic preservetives. USDA certified products are categorized into three classifications. Items labeled as “100% Organic” with the USDA seal must only include organic ingredients. Items labeled as “Organic” with the USDA seal must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients, and cannot contain any of the USDA excluded methods or ingredients. Products labeled as “Made with Organic Ingredients” must contain at least 70% organic ingredients.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

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