My first blog post - Eek! But what better time to write a blog on how we are reducing plastic use as a business than in July whilst Plastic Free July is happening. This is something I am super passionate about personally and I wanted to let all our lovely customers know just how plastic free we are and what we are doing to further cut our plastic use. We’re not just sticking to doing these changes in July though don’t worry!
The ‘war on plastic’ is one of the most talked about environmental issues. It is found everywhere. As a business we have a duty to do our bit to tackle this issue. We try to minimise our plastic use in every step. Here’s what we do,
Westmorland Sheepskins have always looked at ways to reduce our waste and also push our suppliers to do the same. Our own Brand slippers now come in cotton bags, I say now but we’ve done this for the past 2 years or so! The cotton bags are great little keep sakes, we encourage them to be reused and reused and reused – we’d love to see how you use yours.
Brown paper bags – we don’t give out plastic bags. We give customers who need a bag a paper bag which is made using recycled paper and is widely recycled too.
Our most exciting plastic reducing news for our little business is if you order online with us, we have just swapped the plastic slippers bags, that would usually be sent, to a paper bag. We are so blummin’ proud of the way it looks as well at the fact it is hugely more environmentally friendly.
The design of the bag was created by the very Talented Ellie Mae, we have been working with Ellie for a few years now. She went to Leeds Art College and not only do we love that we could keep it local but we love her fun Yorkshire vibe/illustrations and thick Barnsley accent!
We are looking to see if we can get some smaller bags made too for smaller items bought – watch this space.
If you have ordered household items from us you may have noticed a ‘reduce and reuse’ stamp on the box. The box may not be in perfect condition but that is because we have reused it. All other new cardboard boxes are made out of recycled cardboard too and the tape used is paper based and widely recycled.
On a slightly different note..
The fixtures and fittings we have in the shop are made from wood, metal or glass. Many of which are repurposed from other shops when they’ve had a refit. Bonus!
We have a new warehouse unit which has been an exciting change for our little company. Not only is all the racking either second hand or hand made from old pallets, we store everything directly onto shelves or in cardboard boxes, not plastic ones. We then recycle any boxes that we can’t reuse.
We know we are not perfect but as the saying goes – we don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly. We know this is a work in progress. We will commit to making changes where we can in order to reduce our impact to a minimum.
Thanks for reading!