The purpose of this statement is to give you an outline of how we obtain your personal information and how it is used by Blue Banyan. Please be assured that we take the issue of the privacy of your personal information very seriously and consequently we will only use customer data for legitimate business purposes.
Please note that as part of the ordering process our website captures information about you. We do not use any indirect means to collect personal information about you. By placing an order on our website, by subscribing to our mailing list or by submitting enquiries to Blue Banyan you are agreeing to the use of your personal information.
It is our policy that any information which you provide to us or that we obtain in the course of our dealings with you may only be used for the following purposes:
- to fulfil our agreement with you, including administering any accounts, processing and obtaining payment;
- to inform you (by mail, telephone, e-mail, text message or otherwise) about products and services (including those of other companies within the Blue Banyan group of companies) which we consider may be of interest to you;
- in exceptional circumstances for fraud prevention and detection.
Blue Banyan and its owners will not give or sell your information to 3rd Parties other than for the purposes of processing your payments and fulfilling your orders.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
List of Cookies we collect
The table below lists the cookies we collect and what information they store.
|Cookie Name||Cookie Description|
|CART||The association with your shopping cart.|
|CATEGORY_INFO||Stores the category info on the page, that allows to display pages more quickly.|
|COMPARE||The items that you have in the Compare Products list.|
|CURRENCY||Your preferred currency|
|CUSTOMER||An encrypted version of your customer id with the store.|
|CUSTOMER_AUTH||An indicator if you are currently logged into the store.|
|CUSTOMER_INFO||An encrypted version of the customer group you belong to.|
|CUSTOMER_SEGMENT_IDS||Stores the Customer Segment ID|
|EXTERNAL_NO_CACHE||A flag, which indicates whether caching is disabled or not.|
|FRONTEND||You sesssion ID on the server.|
|GUEST-VIEW||Allows guests to edit their orders.|
|LAST_CATEGORY||The last category you visited.|
|LAST_PRODUCT||The most recent product you have viewed.|
|NEWMESSAGE||Indicates whether a new message has been received.|
|NO_CACHE||Indicates whether it is allowed to use cache.|
|PERSISTENT_SHOPPING_CART||A link to information about your cart and viewing history if you have asked the site.|
|POLL||The ID of any polls you have recently voted in.|
|POLLN||Information on what polls you have voted on.|
|RECENTLYCOMPARED||The items that you have recently compared.|
|STF||Information on products you have emailed to friends.|
|STORE||The store view or language you have selected.|
|VIEWED_PRODUCT_IDS||The products that you have recently viewed.|
|WISHLIST||An encrypted list of products added to your Wishlist.|
|WISHLIST_CNT||The number of items in your Wishlist.|
Blue Banyan aims to trade in a way which supports a sustainable global and local environment and economy.This means in practice that where it is possible and practicable to do so we use certified organic materials and products and (where relevant, possible & practicable) source from Fair Trade suppliers.
We prefer organic products because of their environmental benefits over conventionally-produced materials (for example, no use of harmful chemicals, recycling principles, waste minimisation). We prefer certified organic products so that both we and you can be sure that the products really are organic - it is unlawful to claim to be organic without being certified and certified producers have to undergo stringent and regular inspections to gain and maintain their organic status.
We support certified Fair Trade products because the scheme offers producers in developing economies a guaranteed price at a fair level and builds long-term trading relationships with producers in order to readdress the power imbalance between small, relatively poor producers in the developing world and large, relatively rich purchasers of the developed economies. The Fair Trade Foundation awards its certification mark to products which meet the following criteria:
- Price to the producer covers cost of production plus social premium to be used to improve living and working conditions
- Advance payment to provide debt protection
- Long enough contracts for producers to allow for planning and sustainable production practices
- Democratic organisations for farmer participation
- For workers, freedom to join trades unions, decent wages, housing and health & safety standards
- No child or forced labour
- Programmes for environmental sustainability.