MADARA Cosmetics wins the title „Greenest Company in Latvia” already for the third time news 12/06/2012
For the second year in a row natural and organic cosmetics manufacturer MADARA Cosmetics is celebrated as the "Greenest Company in Latvia", and receives a special "Zaļā balva" ("The Green Award"). The award is a part of the Top Reputation Chart and has been awarded since 2009, when MADARA Cosmetics also won the first place. The results of the Top Reputation Chart show that the society highly values responsible attitude towards nature.
MADARA Cosmetics founder Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere comments that "this award has motivated MADARA team to evaluate how friendly to the environment and people is our business, and to seek continuously for new ways of implementing the principles of "green business". Sustainability should be one of the core values of any company and everyday decisions should be made, taking into account sustainable development. Also now, MADARA is not going to stop at this achievement and soon will launch products with new packaging made from recycled plastic."*
The patron of the "Greenest Company in Latvia" award – director of JSC "Latvijas Zaļais punkts" Kaspars Zakulis says that "for the past few years, the competition for the title of the "Greenest Company in Latvia" is both intense and predictable. That is great and sad at the same time. It is great because we have stable companies, which are able to keep the focus on being "green" for a long time and are recognized for that. But it is also sad, since only few new companies join this list every year."
The „Top Reputation Chart" was first conducted in 2005. The methodology of the survey was developed by "Nords Porter Novelli" in cooperation with anthropologist, professor of Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and minister of Education and Science – Roberts Kilis. The aim of this chart is to promote responsible entrepreneurship environment in Latvia and to develop new standards and criteria in evaluating the work of businesses.
* Quoted from Lietišķā Diena biznesa žurnāls, 13. Jūnijs/2012
First MÁDARA research has been revealed news 03/05/2012
The research carried out by Faculty of Biology of University of Latvia, in cooperation with natural and organic cosmetics manufacturer MADARA Cosmetics, aims at finding out the effectiveness for anti-aging skincare products, which contain biological Northern plants and substances. As the results reveal, it is possible to increase the protection against skin aging processes and environmental stress with products that contain birch juice hydrolate or simply birch juice, which is prepared for the needs of cosmetics products. Birch juice hydrolate is rich in active substances and minerals, therefore, the products in which the water base is replaced with more effective birch juice, are more valuable for your skin.
In addition, another research aims to scientifically prove the anti-aging properties of the unique Northern plant complex, which also contains Madara (Galium verum) plant. It is the first time when such unique research is carried out in Latvia, therefore, MADARA Cosmetics, based on the results, is developing its new anti-aging cosmetics line. It has already became known that the water base in these products will be replaced with the valuable birch juice hydrolate.
Birch juice hydrolate promotes the effectiveness of biologically active substances
Researcher of Faculty of Biology of University of Latvia Anna Ramata-Stunda (on the left in the picture): "In vitro* test results indicate that a concentrated birch juice hydrolate is able to stimulate the dermal cell proliferation and to protect skin cells against free radicals, i.e., from negative environmental impact. As positive effects of birch juice on skin cells in vitro were mostly observed at high concentrations, it is recommended to use it as a substitute for cosmetic base. Observed effects indicate that birch juice could be included in anti-aging cosmetic formulations."
Founder and chairman of the board at MADARA Cosmetics Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere (on the right in the picture): "By cooperating with the researchers at the Faculty of Biology of University of Latvia, we wanted to find out, which plants and substances, common to Northern region, have anti-aging and skin protective abilities. We regard the results of the research as a long-term investment in the field of natural and organic cosmetics as a whole. For our new cosmetics product line, we will use the birch juice hydrolate as the product base, since it is rich in natural substances and effective in cellular repair."
We remind that the active substances of the Northern region, including birch juice, are researched by the staff of the Faculty of Biology of University of Latvia, Laboratory of Bioanalytical and Biodosimetry Methods. The research is also supervised by the main researcher of Faculty of Biology of University of Latvia – Dr. biol. Janis Ancans.
Natural and organic cosmetics manufacturer MADARA Cosmetics is a member of "Pharma and chemistry competence centre of Latvia", which is supported by European Regional Development Fund and the researches are part of its programme "Entrepreneurship and Innovations".
* The research method In vitro (from Latin: within glass, i.e., in a glass test-tube) refers to scientific research method in biology, when substances are not tested on live organisms (which means they are not tested on laboratory animals), but on their isolated components, including cell cultures. Using this research method, it is possible to obtain much more detailed analytical results and provide respective recommendations.
Lotte in Finnish magazine Trendi news 26/04/2012
MADARA founder Lotte in Trendi - a fashion/lifestyle magazine for young women in Finland. We were happy to welcome the magazine team who were visiting us in Riga!
MADARA grants the opportunity to participate at Helsinki international ballet competition news 22/04/2012
Last year MADARA in cooperation with fashion designer Natalija Jansone and TV star Dagmara Legante-Celmina established a fund called "Blossom in the world". The aim of the fund is to find and give financial support to women who need it for participation at international contests, concerts, exhibitions etc. The first talented woman has been discovered – it is the young ballet dancer Annija Kopstale, who is going to participate this year at Helsinki International Ballet Competition, representing Latvia.
Annija Kopstale has recently joined the ballet dancers at the Latvian National Opera. She received the invitation to come to Helsinki international ballet competition last year, where she took part at the first Beijing international ballet and choreography competition. When MADARA received the application from Latvian Ballet and Dance guild to support Annija's participation at this contest, the fund "Blossom in the world" decided to support the young ballet dancer and grant her the funding.
The co-founder of MÁDARA brand and the fund "Blossom in the world" Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere says: The fund for supporting young and talented women in Latvia "Blossom in the world" was established with a confidence that there are many talented women in Latvia, just as there are in other countries of the world and the accomplishments of these women should be recognised not only in Latvia, but also worldwide. Unfortunately, sometimes many talented women are not able to achieve this because of financial reasons, nevertheless, each of us carries persistent Northern spirit and never gives up. Therefore, on behalf of the fund "Blossom in the world" we are happy to give the support to Annija Kopstale's participation at Helsinki international ballet competition and we hope that she will fulfil her dreams and bring the name of Latvia outside its borders.
Fund "Blossom in the world" – initiation to develop talents
The fund "Blossom in the world" is an initiation by natural and organic cosmetics manufacturer MADARA Cosmetics with an aim to give support to talented Latvian women, for example, for participation at international contests, concerts and exhibitions in one of the areas: classical or jazz music, sports, science, culture or art. As part of the project, 0.15 EUR of each product sold is invested in the fund "Blossom in the world" for support of young and talented women.
Lovely reviews and awards to MADARA anti-cellulite cream news 10/04/2012
MADARA Anti-Cellulite Kit is highly recommended at this year's Natural Health&Beauty Awards in the UK. Products, which never lose their topicality. Especially during spring time.
Another compliment this month for MADARA anti-cellulite cream. Thank you for making my day and my springtime...
MADARA founder Lotte on the cover of Optio magazine news 09/04/2012
MADARA founder Lotte is on the cover of the largest financial magazine in Nordic countries – Optio. There is an inspiring interview as well with beautiful pictures...
MADARA founder Lotte participates at international forum „Northern Future Forum 2012“ news 16/02/2012
„Northern Future Forum 2012" took place in Stockholm, Sweden from 8th-9th of February. The chairman of the board and co-founder of MADARA Cosmetics Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere shared her views at the discussion about „How to promote women involvement in entrepreneurship and top-level management positions". Nine delegations participated in Northern Future Forum 2012 – from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Great Britain. Delegation from each country was officiated by Prime Minister of the respective country.
The founder of MÁDARA reveals: "Being invited to participate at the conference Northern Future Forum 2012 was important to me, since the topic that we discussed – how to promote women involvement in entrepreneurship and top-level management positions – is strategically important to the development of each country in the Northern region. To preserve and promote welfare, we have to continue working hard, involving many talented people. Even though the number of women and men in top-level positions in Latvia is one of the most equal ones in whole Europe, we face another important problem – we have too low birth rates. This is a signal that the society and the government have to work towards motivating women to establish enterprises and become leaders. But it also has to improve the family support systems – kindergartens, financial allowances and other benefits. This has to be done, so that a woman doesn't have to choose between being a mother and a business woman. The society, families and government should work together to combine these roles harmonically. I was very glad that I could share the lessons that the four women who founded MADARA have learnt so far. And I hope that our experience will become as an inspiration for other women to start their own enterprises!"
In the picture: MÁDARA founder Lotte together with Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis and his advisor for foreign affairs Ms. Solveiga Silkalna – at Northern Future Forum 2012.
MADARA Cosmetics in "Northern Future Forum 2012” news 06/02/2012
The chairman of the board of MADARA Cosmetics Mrs. Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere has received an official invitation from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis to participate at an international conference Northern Future Forum 2012. The event will take place from 8th-9th of February in Stockholm, Sweden, with an aim to promote the cooperation by exchanging the most innovative ideas among Northern countries, Baltic countries, and Great Britain.
Participation in this event is a great honour to MADARA Cosmetics, since this year it is the only company that will be representing Latvia in this event. Northern Future Forum 2012 will gather representatives from nine countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Great Britain. Delegation from each country will be officiated by Prime Minister of the respective country.
MADARA is pleased to be from the second greenest country in the world news 30/01/2012
According to the research Environmental Performance Index (EPI) carried out by Yale and Columbia universities, Latvia, in terms of the greenest country in the world takes second place, outrunning such countries as Norway, Great Britain, France and Sweden. Switzerland became the research leader out of 132 competing countries.
"Latvia, which is in the second place on the EPI in 2012, while in Trend EPI - in the first place among all countries included, has invested large amounts of energy during the last years, carrying out various environmental initiatives - for example, by not using coal in energy production and actively restoring forests – and the results can be clearly seen," says EPI project Director Angel Hsu on Latvia's being at the forefront.
"The most valuable resources of Latvia are – biological diversity, water and air. All this give us an invaluable royal life environment, when compared to many other places in the world, but unfortunately these resources are not limitless. They are far too valuable to be accounted for in money, but they do give an additional value to our country. This is important to keep in mind when planning the development of Latvia's national economy," emphasises Sanita Ribena, Director of the Homo Ecos Society.
EPI is a quantitative research that follows the results of the national environment, employing the best available data. The research has been carried out for many years, publishing the results once every two years on the official Yale University homepage of Environmental Performance Index - http://epi.yale.edu/
It is interesting that the research carried out in 2008 admitted Latvia as the 8th greenest country in the world, in 2010 it took 21st place, but in 2012 Latvia is already in 2nd place in the world.
Precise research results, criteria and descriptions of other countries can be found at - http://epi.yale.edu/
For a more beautiful and greener world…
MADARA Cosmetics receives certificate of Good Manufacturing Practices news 09/01/2012
Company MADARA Cosmetics finished year 2011 by completing all necessary requirements for acquiring the GMP or Good Manufacturing Practices standard (ISO 22716:2007) and thus proving continuously high quality of its products.
The certificate approves that the manufacturing process of MADARA Cosmetics, Ltd. complies with the high quality standards and that the customers can be sure that they are using safe and high quality cosmetics products. The fields of certification include not only manufacturing process but also personnel qualifications, quality of the equipment and premises, as well as product storage and subcontractor management.
„The manufacturing process of MADARA Cosmetics has from the very beginning been organized and managed by the highest standards. This certification process allowed us to prove that by having an independent international auditing organisation Bureau Veritas to verify the compliance with all requirements. One of the most important values of our company is high quality and GMP certificate is an official approval for following our values,"explains the director of company Uldis Iltners
This standard complies with the requirements defined in the regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council for cosmetics manufacturers of the European Union, which will come fully into effect starting from July 11th, 2013. This regulation is made to ensure that all cosmetics products are safe, taking into account the latest science developments (for example, use of synthetic ingredients, nanoparticles etc.). At the moment, there are only two cosmetics manufactures in Latvia that have fulfilled all requirements for GMP and MADARA Cosmetics is one of them.