Sustainable Development

As the natural product market continues to expand, it is critical to understand and protect the ecosystems where the plants that produce these oils grow. Sustainability is a process comprised of identifying steps that lead to more resilient and diverse natural and human systems.

Simply put, “Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Currently, it is a key initiative for cooperation at the global level. At APRC®, we believe the time is now to address urgent issues in the natural products industry so that it can provide essential oils responsibly.


We conduct research and assessments under 4 thematic areas:

Wildcrafted Forest Species

Products such as Frankincense, Palo Santo, and Spikenard are harvested from plants that grow wild, not in plantations.

Cultivated Species

Plants such as Lavender, Rosemary, and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) are harvested from cultivated farms.

New and Emerging Species

Thousands of plant species are used to produce natural products, many of which have not yet been discovered, distilled, and tested.

Threatened and Endangered Species

Some of the species that produce natural products, especially those harvested in the wild, are in danger of decline and extinction.