We are working hard with our suppliers to get rid of unecessary plastic bags. Plastics are everywhere because they do some things very well. Keeping products from suffering water damage in transit, for example.
For years all our jewellery imports have been wrapped in individual plastic bags, simply to keep items from getting tangled up. Now we are actively testing biodegradable plant-based bioplastics. Biodegradable bags are still transparent, they keep products separate and they can be put on the compost heap! 100 small items in compostable bioplastic bags, or paper bags, all bundled together in one large plastic bag to prevent moisture damage, isn’t perfect but it is still a hundred fewer small plastic bags.
Whether it’s bamboo socks, incense sticks or jewellery items we are rapidly reducing our use of plastic bags in packaging. We are making good progress on eliminating polystyrene in favour of cardboard and shredded paper, and the bubblewrap and tape we use is now biodegradable.
There is still much to do and we are working hard!