Due to it's complex role and important responsibility, our packaging is constantly under review. It is often being updated and optimised to find the most appropriate solution to both e-commerce and in-store packaging. Approaches to packaging improvement include better labeling, using recycled and recyclable materials, reducing material use and using mono-material packaging. We aim to reduce the amount of resources used in our packaging, while increasing the quality of the materials. We must also ensure that our packaging has the smallest environmental impact possible, by ensuring it is reusable or recyclable, taking into account the wide range of customers, their locations and recycling facilities.
We use several types of packaging, which can be divided into three types: primary, secondary & tertiary.
Primary packaging has several functions including: protecting, containing, preserving and communicating the product. Currently we use robust clear plastic bags with a reusable zip-lock.
Secondary packaging is the term for the packaging used to contain a number of items of the same product during transport and handling. We currently use paper bags and cardboard boxes from responsible sources.
Tertiary packaging is used to transport large volumes of products between our partners. This includes our tier 1 & 2 partners, along with our warehouse and stores. We currently use a combination of cardboard boxes and shrink wrap.
Our aims for packaging include reducing and eliminating unnecessary packaging, moving to materials with a lower environmental footprint, and optimizing the sizing to reduce shipped air.
Biodegradable - can be changed by the action of bacteria to a natural state that will not harm the environment
Compostable - can be placed in a home compost bin or industrial composting facility to decompose in to a natural state
FSC - the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. The FSC system allows businesses and consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products made with materials from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources
Recycled - produced using material that has already been used and recirculated
Recyclable - produced using material that can be used and recirculated
Reusable - can be used more than one time due to its design and use of durable materials