THE LIFEBLOOD OF FOREVER
Aloe Barbadensis Miller. It’s a mouthful, but it’s a name worth knowing. There are around 400 species of Aloe plants found in arid regions throughout the world. They’re each beneficial in their own way, but there is only one species that has been recognized for millennia for its magically soothing abilities… Aloe Barbadensis Miller. As one of the oldest recognized botanicals, records of Aloe exist on Sumerian clay tablets from as early as 2200 BC; Aloe Vera has long been lauded throughout history for its natural soothing, cooling and moisturizing abilities. It is known for soothing minor burns, comforting and moisturizing stressed skin, and even helping to aid in your skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself. With science, innovation and our devoted research and development team, Forever is dedicated to bringing the best Aloe Vera directly to you.
Forever Aloe Vera is grown at our plantations in the Dominican Republic and Texas. Forever Aloe is carefully grown and cultivated, ensuring the highest quality plant possible. Aloe is often referred to as nature’s best gift due to the proven health benefits derived from the gel found inside the leaf of the plant. Growing Aloe with care in the best possible climate and conditions guarantees that you receive the best products available. From plant to product to you!
Discover Forever’s 6,500 acre Aloe plantation in the beautiful Dominican Republic – the largest in the world! With the perfect balance of soil, the ideal temperature and just the right amount of rainfall, we grow quality into the Aloe plants. On our Dominican Republic plantation, we have over 30 million plants and harvest over 1 million pounds of Aloe per week!
At Forever we have fostered a culture of success based on a commitment to improving the lives of the people who use our products and we never have, and never will, lose sight of those who help make it all possible. We employ local farmers and provide excellent working conditions. Their steady jobs and pay are the envy of neighboring communities.
Discover Forever’s Aloe plantation in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas.
OWNING OUR PLANTATIONS
At Forever Living it is often said “anything less than the best will never do,” and we believe that there is no better place to begin setting the bar for the highest standards in the industry than right where it all begins, the Aloe plantation. Aloe Vera gel is the primary ingredient in many of our phenomenal products and we take great care in making sure that we harvest only the best. In order to maintain complete quality control over our Aloe, Forever Living owns and controls 100% of its Aloe plantation in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas and 100% of its 6,500-acre plantation in the Dominican Republic—the largest in the world. By controlling 100% of our plantations we control the planting season, plant selection, methods of fertilization and weed control, seasons of harvest, processing, storage and delivery. Most importantly, it means that when processed Aloe Vera gel arrives at our manufacturing facility there is absolutely no question – what-so-ever – as to the quality of the source. At Forever Living we always know that we’re using the best Aloe Vera on the planet for our amazing products. Why? Because we grew it ourselves!
HARVESTED BY HAND
From planting to tending to harvesting, our Aloe plants are carefully nurtured with the same level of care and standards that we put into to every one of our final products. Our farmers harvest our Aloe by hand, treating it with great care. The leaves are processed within hours, so you get the purest, freshest Aloe Vera gel intact with all its inherent qualities.
GROWTH AND HARVESTING
When it comes to harvesting and processing Aloe, our scientific leadership is devoted to ensuring that we have the freshest, most potent product available. The way we see it, nature has given us a wonderful gift in Aloe, and our scientists are focused upon developing its full potential. With that in mind, our special harvesting and patented stabilization processes are constantly evolving in order to ensure that we preserve Aloe in its freshest form and maintain the maximum benefits possible. To this day we maintain hand planting, harvesting and processing techniques in order to preserve the deepest levels of quality control – just as we use goats and sheep for weed control and natural fertilizer. For this reason, Forever maintains 100% control of its Aloe plantations because we can rest assured that from planting to tending to harvesting our Aloe plants have been carefully nurtured with the same level of care and standards that we put into to every one of our final products.
PROCESSING THE BEST
When it comes to the examination and processing of our naturally farmed Aloe, nothing beats hands on quality control. Like vigilant chefs in our kitchen, only the best of ingredients make it to the table. Our state of the art facility allows us to seal in the freshness within hours of harvest so the purest Aloe can be shipped to our product labs without losing any of its powerful properties!
ONLY THE BEST
When Rex envisioned the dynamics of what was to become Forever, one of the fundamental aspects was the ability to provide the highest quality products on the planet. Rex’s devotion to quality has never changed or been compromised. It is exactly why we will accept nothing less than 100% control of our process from planting to finished product. You’ve heard it before, but at Forever Living, “Nothing less than the best will ever do.” And that’s just the plain and natural truth. Forever Living demands nothing less than the most exemplary quality at every step of every process to insure the quality of our harvested aloe. We remain equally diligent in making sure that it arrives at our manufacturing facility in pristine form. Leaves are processed within hours in order to insure that the freshest Aloe Vera gel arrives intact with all its inherent qualities so that at no point in time are we working with anything less than the best source material on the planet. And when it comes to manufacturing our final products, you can rest assured that every single one has been just as carefully nurtured into existence with the same level of care, diligent attention and exemplary standards that we put into to every one of our so carefully tended and harvested Aloe plants. That’s the Forever Living way – that’s the Rex Maughan way.
SEALING IN THE FRESHNESS
Raw materials can vary up to 500% based on method of harvest, climate, season and storage conditions. To minimize variations and to ensure the quality of our Aloe, the leaves are processed and packed for shipping to our manufacturing facilities within hours of harvest in order to ensure that you get the purest, freshest Aloe Vera gel as it was intended, intact with all its inherent qualities.
PORT OF CALL
With all the effort that Forever Living Products puts into cultivating the finest Aloe product in the world we as equally dedicated to providing fast and efficient, controlled shipping. The Puerto Plato port facility allows us to move processed and sealed Aloe stateside in a unobstructed and controlled environment so our harvested Aloe makes it to our product labs and manufacturing facilities in pristine form.
A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Unlike other companies that brag about environmental responsibility and minimal eco-adjustments in order keep up with environmental trends, Forever continually assesses its own practices to effectively better ourselves on a regular basis. We don’t do it because it’s trendy. We do it because we believe it’s the right thing to do. We sought out certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) – an independent organization that evaluates companies’ environmental impact — and in 2006, we launched a formal environmental sustainability program to challenge ourselves to do even more. Our documented Environmental Management System was certified to the international ISO 14000 standard and we have maintained that certification every year since! Naturally, Forever Living is already off to a good start with more than 50 million Aloe Vera plants growing in both our Dominican Republic and Texas plantations. Do the math! When it comes to converting CO2 to oxygen, 20 aloe plants are able to convert the same amount of CO2 into oxygen as one tree. So, by Aloe alone, Forever Living is already cleansing the Earth of hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 every year! We are incredibly proud to know that Forever’s net carbon footprint has a positive effect on our environment.
When it comes to the efficiency of converting CO2 into oxygen, 20 Aloe plants are equal to one tree. With over 50 million Aloe Vera plants in our plantations, our Aloe Vera plantations actually cleanse the Earth of hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 every year! Other companies brag about environmental responsibility just to keep up with trends, we continually assess our practices and effectively better ourselves on a regular basis, because it’s the right thing to do!