About biological raw materials and sustainability considerations
For all of our raw materials, packaging and transportation, we want to achieve the best possible balance between local sourcing, protecting nature, the use of organic plants and economic considerations. A complex challenge: although there are a great many producers of organic products in the world who also offer herbs and medicinal plants at highly favourable conditions, we ask ourselves whether it makes sense to transport herbs many thousands of miles, when the same products are also available from local or at least European suppliers. At the same time, we are also aware that, for many developing countries, organic agriculture is frequently their only opportunity to achieve earnings on international markets. The question also arises as to whether the commercial production of plants makes sense when, in many countries, the same plant can frequently be found growing in the midst of nature and therefore provides an opportunity for controlled gathering in the wild.
We have therefore decided to cultivate most plants that normally occur in Switzerland under organic conditions. When it comes to special plants or herbs, we will source these from more distant countries: whenever possible also of organic quality from smaller producers at fair conditions.
Our plants are naturally renewable raw materials and are, by their very nature, sustainable. However, even here, we are dependent on the natural fluctuations in the weather conditions:
Sometimes there is a bumper harvest and sometimes the herbs are very rare and are quickly sold out.
On this page, you will always find up-to-date information on which plants and herbs from which countries are currently being used in our products.
Unfortunately, not all plants can be obtained as organic plants in a sufficient quantity and quality. We are working together with dedicated farmers in order to be able to offer all of our products as 100% organic plants in the near future. We prefer, however, suppliers who are not so dependent on the weather and attach great importance to the shortest possible transport routes. We completely reject genetic engineering. Processing has to be carried out so carefully that the considerable value of the raw materials is conserved.
For decades, Dr. Dünner has been manufacturing both herbal remedies and dietary supplements. Swiss law, however, forbids the use of the term BIO (“organic”) for remedies. The term BIO may only be used to describe dietary supplements. As part of the “bio” regulation in Switzerland, only certain substances and raw materials may be used. If, for example, vitamin B4 is used – which is most useful in fat digestion – one is not permitted to describe either the complete product, or its individual ingredients, as “organic” – even if they are sourced from certified organic producers. This is a pity, but it cannot be changed. On the other hand, it does not prevent us from continually using more organic plants and herbs.
It is certainly possible to obtain some vitamins of organic quality from plants, for example, vitamin C from the acerola cherry. However, its vitamin C content, which is anyway not very high, fluctuates considerably. In order to cover the minimum vitamin C requirement of 15% a day from acerola, a normal capsule would be so full of acerola powder that there would be no space for any other ingredients.