Towards the end of last year, I developed an Eco Conscience. More specifically it was aimed at plastic. I reduced my plastic intake considerably, and my daughter and myself often did our own little litter picks around the areas we live, sorting recycling as we went.
However, once the pandemic hit, this changed. I no longer wanted to take my daughter out to handle lazy stranger's waste. EVERYTHING seems to be covered in plastic to avoid contamination, and don't get me started on the masks just chucked on the street.
So, I have decided to focus more on what my business can do to help. We now are very conscious of what we stock. We have an Eco-Friendly section in our shop, filled with natural and sustainable wood and rubber products, plus books to inspire the next generation to think of Mother Earth.
We also have carried this into our packaging. All items are very carefully packaged with tissue paper where necessary. We no longer use bubblewrap, unless it is something WE have received from our suppliers (why landfill it! REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE.) As per our Environmental Policy, we have switched over to sustainably sourced sugarcane bags or paper mailing bags from the previous recycled plastic mailing bags. We will be switching to paper parcel tape in the new year, until then the plastic tape is easy to remove from paper bags and boxes for ease of recycling, which we strongly encourage people to do.
Another way we are trying to reduce waste is by recycling as many cardboard boxes, packing chips and bubble wrap as possible. This means your parcel may arrive in a box that has printing on it, or looks a little worn. If you need your parcel to arrive in a brand new box please let us know and we’ll be happy to oblige.
We are still learning, and hope to be able to return to the plastic free lifestyle we adopted just before the disaster of this year hit, but until then we want you to know, we are doing what we can.
Stay safe everyone,
love Cathy xx