All of us play a part in tomorrows future and for that reason, I’ve taken considerable steps in my business [and my home!] to make it a bright one.
BIODEGRADABLE MAILING BAGS
In September 2019, we made the leap from using plastic mailing satchels to certified home compostable, biodegradable mailing bags.
It looks and feels a hellavalot like plastic, but it's not. Not even close. It is a 100% biodegradable, home-compostable shipping satchel and is made from 70-80% PBAT (PolyButyrate Adipate Terephthalate: a co-polymer that is completely biodegradable and compostable leaving no toxic residues) and 20-30% PLA (PolyLactic Acid; which is a fancy way of saying cornstarch).
Our mailing bags are proudly certified by Biodegradable Products Institute, OK Compost / TUV (Europe) and our supply chain complies with ISO 14001, ensuring environmentally ethical production. In a commercial compostable environment, it will break-down within 90 days. At home, it may take up to 120 days. If it does end up in landfill, it will still biodegrade but will just take a wee bit longer.
Single-use plastic is a hard NO from us. We have partnered with RedCycle to ensure all of our soft plastics are reused. You can find your own collection centre at any Coles and Woolworths/Safeway Supermarkets. Each piece of plastic is then transformed into a huge range of recycled plastic products like outdoor furniture, signage and gym equipment.
We’ve committed to only buying 100% recycled paper. Our office is *almost* paperless but on the odd occasion we do need to print, we do it mindfully. With the array of software available these days [Slack, Google docs, Monday.com and the like], I reckon most of us could adopt this in our own workplaces.
We use 100% renewable solar-powered energy at home and in the warehouse.
Also, we’re all about plants. Indoor plants absorb indoor air pollution and as a result, increase the flow of oxygen. Our favourite plant dealer is Elsk Botanical. They have THE best range of plants going and I’m a sucker for the Mr Kitly x Decor self-watering pots, no plant deaths on my watch!