Plastic not so fantastic

Posted by Bruce Tonkin on

We've all got a part to play in becoming more sustainable. Society typically lumps most of the responsibility on people at home, but in reality businesses have got just as much, if not more, of a role to play.

Implementing the reduce, reuse, recycle concept varies from business to business. Luckily most of the day to day running of our business is in cardboard. We receive products from our suppliers in cardboard and we send customers our hampers in cardboard. Thankfully our council via our local refuse station accepts cardboard free-of-charge. If there is any excess a trip to the dump is thrown into our delivery runs.

Plastic is a little trickier to address however and ideally would have no place in our business. Unfortunately we can't control how our suppliers provide their products to us, but what we can do is use it as little of it as we can when preparing a hamper for delivery.

For example our shippers, being the delivery box that your hampers are placed inside, uses no plastic. It's mostly cardboard anyway, but they're held together with water activated tape instead of plastic tape. In short it is paper tape, made from recycled paper waste, with a much stronger adhesive than regular tape, derived from potatoes of all things. Yeah, you heard it. Spuds! The end result is completely recyclable and doesn't need removal before putting in your recycling bin.

In addition to that we reuse whenever we can. We do this by returning cardboard boxes to our suppliers when possible. We've a dedicated space for boxes that can be returned and quite often when a supplier is dropping off they're picking up at the same time.

In the end we're not perfect, but we are doing as much as we can to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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