We all want to lessen our impact on the environment, and over the past couple of years we've been making positive steps towards just that. In 2020 we were able to remove the plastic from almost all of our products, postage and packaging and were delighted to receive recognition from Surfers Against Sewage for our efforts and become Plastic Free Champions!
In 2021 we are extending that through our remaining products, as well as trying to reduce our carbon footprint. Of course, it is never quite that simple trying to do the right thing, but this is where we are:
- NEW for 2021 - fossil-fuel free delivery
Our new (second-hand) vehicle is an all electric Renault Zoe, with the perfect range for our deliveries around the Duchy. It's charged with 100% renewable electricity (from Good Energy) and so chuffed with it are we that we've also got some branding on it (thank you County Signs at St Column Major). Also perfect for nipping out with the camera!
- NEW for 2021 - plastic-free packaging for Christmas cards
From 1 September, all packs of Christmas cards will now be held together with a narrow cardboard 'bellyband', rather than the old PLA plastic wrappers. We think they look rather smart, and look forward to developing this idea in the future.
- all blank greetings cards now plastic-free
Since 2020 our blank greetings cards have all been individually prepared with an envelope inserted and closed with an easy-peel, biodegradable label. Our first attempt at this had some teething difficulties, and we are now using new, improved labels supplied to us by our production partners on a trial basis. There are two types of labels - less sticky, and even less sticky again, a highly technical glue apparently! - which we hope will overcome the issues that have been experienced occasionally when the tabs have been attached to the card for some time. While we would encourage customers to remove the tabs as soon as it's convenient, we would also be grateful for any feedback concerning the new tabs, rolling out in 2021. The new tabs also have a glue-free lip at the back, to make them even easier to remove.
Multi-buy discount still applies for orders of 5 cards or more.
- our calendars will usually be supplied in biodegradable wrappers, while we finish up our present stock (rather than putting it to landfill).
We've actually been selling our calendar in a biodegradable wrapper for several years already. The products we are using are made from PLA (Polylactic acid), derived from corn-starch. It fully biodegrades down into water, CO2 and biomass in 60 days under Industrial Composting conditions (58 degrees C) or incineration, or can also be put in some (non-dry) land-fills. So it can go in appropriate kerbside recycling, although it may still be identified as plastic and picked out. Unfortunately home composting may not reach the correct temperature and humidity, or the necessary microbes and bacteria may not be present. Certified
OK Biobased ****
- all bubble-wrap lined parcel envelopes have been replaced with shredded paper products, meaning that all of our postal packaging is now entirely plastic-free.
Again, we've been moving towards this with cardboard envelopes for small calendar orders. We are now using a range of plastic-free envelopes - which of course are odd sizes, more expensive and heavier to send (so more expensive in more ways than one!). This raises other sustainability issues, but we are dealing with them one at a time.
- we offer retailers the option of unwrapped calendars and have produced counter-top display holders for sale purposes
Not all retailers have space for this and may prefer to stick with displaying calendars for sale on hooks for now ...
- we pack customer orders without wrappers if requested to do so
If you would like to place a calendar order without PLA wrappers, please let us know in the 'special instructions' box at checkout - and we'd be delighted to oblige!
- we continue to look for innovative ways of marketing our products
'A Year in Cornwall' - 12 pre-packed cards with envelopes in a cardboard sleeve. No plastic in sight! This has to be the way to go, we think, and we will continue to keep innovating and adding value to our product range.