So, what are we doing right here, right now?
Climate Positive Workforce
A number of companies have recently jumped ship from
plastic to glass packaging, as (at a first glance) it appears to be the more
planet friendly option. We often get asked what we’re doing with
our packaging, specifically with our blister packs and why aren’t
our products moving to glass jars.
We’ve never been one to follow the
crowd - we are strong believers in doing things properly.
We have to consider the viability
and stability of our product. We won’t make any move that would result in
our product not being the great product that is on the market now.
Likewise, we’re really conscious that although glass jars appear more sustainable for the planet in terms of being recyclable, the actual impact on the planet, when you consider the CO2 output and emissions that come from manufacturing and recycling glass and transporting heavier goods, glass isn’t as sustainable as it would appear.*
We know our blister packs are not the most sustainable, but we want to make sure any move we make is for the right reasons and not just for the sake of appearances.
We do not currently have the option
of bio-plastic blister films as we buy very high grade technical films to
protect the quality of the product. However, we are actively searching for suitable
alternatives and we are hopeful that supply options will open up as the
bio-plastics market grows.
In the meantime, our Bio-Kult boxes
are fully recyclable, kerbside. And, our blister packs, once
you’ve finished with them, can be taken to either Boots or Superdrug who
run recycling schemes for this type of packaging.
We’ve got much more planned for Bio-Kult and our packaging, so watch this space.
Our Other Actions
Let’s take a look at what we’ve done at our site in Somerset to support our environment:
- As a manufacturing site, a lot goes on behind the scenes to get our products to you, and it is perhaps a common preconception that a lot of waste occurs and heads straight to landfill, however, we’re proud to shout that we are 100% zero to landfill.
- Our recycling is compacted, meaning less space needed to transport it, in turn helping keep HGVs off the road, lessening the amount of pollution going into the atmosphere.
- Our inter-site van is electric.
- We’ve installed charging points in our car park for electric cars.
- We have 100% LED lighting. If someone forgets to turn a light off it will automatically switch itself off.
- We have ISO 14011 certification (we had to ask our Health and Safety manager what this is!) ISO 14011 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organisations (like us) improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste.