Read more about the Eco Credentials we list on our products below:
At just over a century old, plastic products have helped to transform the modern age and revolutionise many industries, but it’s conveniences have also led to an environmentally devastating throw-away culture.
Single-use plastic accounts for nearly half of the plastic produced every year. Many of these products, such as plastic bags and food wrappers have a lifespan of only minutes to hours, yet persist in the environment for hundreds of years.
Millions of animals are killed by plastics every year, such as birds, fish, and other marine organisms. Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by plastics.
Once in the ocean it is difficult to retrieve plastic waste, but once plastics break down into microplastics and drift throughout the water column in the open ocean they are virtually impossible to recover.
Recycling reduces the need for extracting, refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to conventional waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions.
When an item is reclaimed it is reused in its existing form either for its original purpose or an alternative purpose.
Renewable energy is energy collected from naturally occurring resources like water, sunlight or the wind.
For them to be renewable, these resources need to be naturally replenished; in other words, they can’t be exhausted. That’s why fossil fuels like coal and oil aren’t classified as renewable – they’re finite resources that won’t last forever.
Some of the most common types of renewable energy are:
- Solar power (generated from sunlight)
- Wind power (generated from wind using land or sea turbines)
- Hydropower (generated from the energy of falling water used to activate turbines)
- Biomass (stored energy from the sun derived from plant and animal waste)
- Biofuels (derived from plant, algae material, or animal waste)
- Geothermal Power (heat from underground
Renewable energy uses natural resources that replenish naturally with little to no waste or carbon footprint.
Efficient energy use is the goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services.
Harsh Chemical Alternatives
Chemicals have always existed naturally, but industrialisation has dramatically increased the use of synthetic chemicals.
Agriculture, manufacturing, and industries involved in consumer goods depend on chemical use for products.
When harsh chemicals enter the environment through air, water, and soil they can be harmful to the environment even when there is not an immediate, visible impact.
Some chemicals are of particular concern as they can work their way into the food chain and accumulate and/or persist in the environment for many years.
A food or product that is vegan must not contain animal products or by-products.
Vegan products are widely regarded as being better for the environment than those that include animal products because they tend to carry fewer carbon, water, and ecological footprints.
Not Tested on Animals
Animal research facilities are extremely energy intensive, cause air and water pollution and soil contamination, and generate significant amounts of waste that is harmful to the environment.
Organic products range from foods to textiles, and are produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.
Organic processes consider their effects on the environment at large, helping to encourage plant growth, wildlife habitats, and soil fertility.
A large majority of greenhouse gas emissions come from burning fossil fuel for transportation - cars, trucks, ships, trains, and planes.
Locally sourced food or materials help make products greener by cutting down on transportation distances, which lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
Supports Sustainable Forestry
A sustainable forest is a forest that has it’s long-term health managed responsibly. As trees are felled and extracted as resources they are replaced with seedlings that eventually grow into mature trees.
A typical sustainable forest will contain trees of all ages and often different species of trees.
The FSC certification is considered the "gold standard" for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed and environmentally conscious.
Palm Oil Free
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees.
Palm oil is in close to 50% of the packaged products we find in supermarkets from food items to deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lipstick.
Palm oil has been and continues to be a major driver of deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitats of already endangered species.
This large scale deforestation coupled with the conversion of carbon rich peat soil is also leading to the release of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Fair trade is an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships.
Environmental protection is a key element of the Fairtrade standards, which provide training and advice for farmers on switching to environmentally friendly practices. This has been shown to lead to good agricultural practices, encouraging environmentally sustainable production.
Fairtrade standards also guide producers in adapting to climate change and in mitigating their impact.
Natural Dyes, Pigments and Inks
Dyes, pigments and inks are applied to a vast majority of consumer goods including textiles, wood, food, paints, inks, plastics, and cosmetics.
Synthetic colourants can be extremely harmful to the environment.
In 2011, Greenpeace released photos of rivers in India and China turned abnormally green and magenta from excess clothing dye. The culprit was the toxic chemicals released from nearby textile factories, which were not only changing the rivers’ colours, but depleting these countries’ often limited water supplies.
Improvements in chemistry mean that more sustainable dyes are now being manufactured by industry giants.
One of the biggest environmental impacts of a consumer product is it’s packaging materials. More environmentally friendly packaging solutions include:
- Recycled cardboard and paper
- Recycled plastics
- Biodegradable packing peanuts
- Corrugated cardboard bubble wrap
- Air pillows made of recycled materials
- Cornstarch packaging
- Mushroom packaging
- Seaweed packaging
- Fabric bags
Prolonging the lifespan of products avoids their early replacement by new ones and reduces the depletion of natural resources and effects on the environment caused by manufacturing processes.
It is crucial to maximise the utilisation of the materials already contained in everyday products.
Legal changes and economic incentives are needed to promote product durability, but as consumers we can help do our bit by shopping for products that are made to last.
Able to decay naturally in a way that is not harmful to the environment.
For something to be classed as bio-degradable it has to completely degrade into landfill within 365 days.
Low waste manufacturing methods promote the goal of reducing the amount of material thrown away and instead reincorporate by-products of one system for use for another.
Contributes to CO2 Absorption
When carbon dioxide CO2 is released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, approximately 50% remains in the atmosphere, while 25% is absorbed by land plants and trees, and the other 25% is absorbed into certain areas of the ocean. In other areas of the ocean, where the concentration of CO2 is higher in the water than in the atmosphere above, CO2 is released to the atmosphere once more.
Carbon dioxide that’s already in the atmosphere may affect the climate for hundreds to thousands of years, and the IPCC maintains that carbon dioxide removal will be critical to get rid of 100-1000 gigatons of CO2 this century.
There are a variety of Carbon dioxide absorption strategies, all in different stages of development, and varying in cost, benefits and risks. We have been using trees, plants and soil to absorb carbon at large scale for decades. Other strategies that rely more on technology are mostly at the demonstration or pilot stages.
Alternative Materials Used
This is when a product is made with or packaged in materials that are more environmentally friendly than those typically used to for its product type.
For example, wood used as a raw material in jewellery making as opposed to the use of a mined material.
Natural Materials Used
Natural materials are ones that occur within the natural environment, have undergone very little modification, and have been obtained directly from nature.
Processed materials are often modified from natural materials or do not occur at all in the natural environment, but have been designed and manufactured to fulfil a particular purpose. The production of man made materials is energy intensive and often involves the use of chemicals, resulting in toxic waste and emissions and the production of materials that take far longer than natural ones to break down into the earth.
Since the 1950s, global soybean production has increased 15 times over. The United States, Brazil, and Argentina together produce about 80% of the world’s soy. China imports the most soy and is expected to significantly increase its import of the commodity.
Soy is everywhere - both in the food you eat and in non-food items such as:
- Cleaning Products
- Synthetic Fabrics
- Hand sanitizer
- Shampoo, conditioner and other hair products
Soy production has devastating consequences on the natural world, leading to deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions in transportation, and biodiversity loss as a result of land clearing.
Handmade goods are generally made to last. The craft production process tends to be less wasteful of materials and resources, and uses much less energy in production and tooling. Handmade goods are also more likely to use natural materials over materials like plastic, and craftspeople are more likely to recycle or repurpose materials.
Environmental Charity Contributor
A percentage of brand profits are donated to an environmental charity.
Tree Planting Contributor
A tree is planted per every order placed.