Organic Rosewater in Hand Blown Bottles
This special and rare rosewater is made by the leading distiller of organic Damask roses, Zahra Rosewater. Their focus is mainly on the production of high-quality rose products that bear the British Soil Association organic seal of approval. The roses are grown on the slopes of the Lalehzar Mountains in the province Kerman in Southern Iran. Before the company was founded in 1978 by Homayoun Sanati, farmers in the valley were growing subsistence crops and supplementing their too meagre income with the illegal growth of opium poppies. Sanati experimented with growing hybrid roses to strict biodynamic standards and determined that a superior rose could be cultivated in the dry highlands of Kerman. Twenty years later, Zahra Rosewater Company had turned around the entire valley from growing opium to harvesting roses. It is now a collective of hundreds of small farmers who work for Zahra Rosewater as independent entrepreneurs. They sign contracts that they will not use chemical fertilizers and in turn Zahra provides education, training and free natural fertilizers from compost, helping farmers to convert their conventional farms into organic agricultural.
The beautifully crafted bottle is hand blown by a revolutionary glassblowing studio in Oaxaca, Mexico, one of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the country. The studio has spent the last fifteen years perfecting not only their craft of glassblowing, but the sustainable and ecological way that they run their facility. Through much experimentation they've learned to create beauty from waste – they produce their own fuel and power their furnaces, glory holes, and annealing ovens using processed, used vegetable oil from local restaurants, methane gas produced on-site from a combination of cow and pig manure, and blood from a local butcher. Other equipment is solar powered and the glass itself is made from recycled bottles brought to the studio by waste pickers, restaurants, and locals because there are no municipal recycling programs in the area. During a typical week, 550 pounds of discarded glass is recycled and used to create beautiful, handmade vessels and home goods.