Badger

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, a 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 took 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.

Healthy Products That Make A Difference

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 Badger 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 firsthand 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.

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