WHAT WE'RE DOING
When we first started Uniquely Local we pledged to make business decisions based on a number of factors including environmental impact and sustainability and not just cost effectiveness.
Packaging – We have always used recycled packaging for our gift boxes. We order from a company called Eco-Craft who have an excellent environmental policy that covers suppliers, self reviews and waste management.
- Eco-Craft are 100% powered by good energy renewable energy
- Their customer’s orders are delivered plastic-free
- They use source materials from suppliers located no further away than the E.U to keep transport emissions low
- Their product range is filled with products made of biodegradable and often recycled materials
Recently we swapped our 60% recycled jiffy bags for Flutelopes which are a plastic-free alternative that are 100% recyclable.
Craft kits sent out from Uniquely Local HQ are wrapped in honeycombed kraft paper instead of bubble wrap and delivered in a compostable mailing bags which are made from a durable bio-resin that will break down over time when placed in a compostable environment.
Hosting – our website is hosted by Siteground who are a green hosting provider. They run their services on the Google Cloud Platform. Google’s data centers match 100% of the energy consumed by their global operations with renewable energy and maintain a commitment to carbon neutrality.
Their headquarters is built entirely in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. LEED is the most widely used green building certification in the world, globally recognized as a symbol of sustainability achievement.
Offsetting – while we don’t generate a huge carbon footprint ourselves we still acknowledge that we can do more and so we have joined Stripe Climate donating 1% of every order processed through Stripe.
We’ve also signed up to Ecologi’s tree planting scheme and have pledged to offset on a monthly basis.
We think this is a good start but we do want to do more and hope to partner with local initiatives in the communities we do business in. This is an evolving policy so please check back to see what we’ve added.
Rachel Marshall, May 2022