Recycle. Reuse. Reduce...♻️
Holistic Kitchen is dedicated to helping reduce the amount of landfill waste.
Here at Holistic Kitchen, I believe that everyone should be able to experience the power of natural and raw ingredients on the mind, body and soul, without costing the earth. This includes the packaging of your products too. At least 90% of all Holistic Kitchen's product packaging can be recycled in your blue bin!
We are all becoming a bit more conscious about how and what we recycle and that's brilliant. We are teaching our generation of children how to save the planet, something we never did it in the 1980s! I thought I would write a little bit about what I use to do my bit and hope that this could maybe help encourage others to do the same. Whether you are sending orders for your business, or simply sending stuff to friends and family. We can all do our bit.
How you can recycle your product containers...
Glass bottles - Type 3 glass, which is hardwearing and tough enough to take little knocks. This glass is ideal for recycling as the glass can be re-melted and re-formed multiple times.
Plastic Caps for bottles - Made with PP plastic and can be recycled. However, you will need to check with your Local Authority to ensure it is recycled in your area. You can recycle this plastic if your Local Authority mentions:Packing tape.
Glass jars - Same as the glass bottles, but can be re-used for little storage containers, or even make great tea light holders!
Pipettes - you can remove the glass pipette and recycle that and check with your local authority regards the rubber top.
Plastic Handwash bottles - PET plastic which means you can put this in your recycling along with the top.
Lip Balm tin - Can go in the recycling or reused for something like small sewing needles or pins.
Most products come in a recycled kraft card box, which can be easily put in the recycling bin along with all labels too.
How your order is packaged...
For most orders, they are sent out in a cardboard box, filled with Eco Flo packing chips. The cardboard box can be reused or recycled and so can the packing chips, which are 100% biodegradable. Conforming to EN13432 (The criteria for the industrial compostability of packaging) makes them suitable for domestic and municipal compost. This means you can put them on your compost patch if you have one in your garden. Or if not, add them to your household food recycling or even flush them down the toilet.
Once your order is nice and safe in its box, I use this amazing packaging tape by Sticker Mule. When I discovered this company, it really did make packing orders, so much easier. I was using horrible brown plastic tape (not very earth-friendly) on one of those hand-held gun things, and the other brown tape made my parcels look boring too.
I was so happy to find a company who could personalise my own recyclable packaging tape with my branding too, which also makes my parcels stand out! It's super easy to use too as its water-activated and reinforced to create a strong bond in just one go. If you send boxes of orders like me, I can highly recommend this product. They often have discounts and offers, so sign up to the mailing list.
I used to use bubble wrap when sending out a large order, to ensure it arrived in one piece, but really wasn't happy about using it. I went on a mission to find an eco alternative to bubble wrap. I stumbled across this gem of a wrapping station by Ranpak, called Geami WrapPak. I can now easily wrap individual items and for boxes and bags, to be sent safely to you.
Like most of us, I am sure we all use Jiffy bags to send things in. But when I started to become more aware of the amount of plastic that was going to landfill from normal jiffy bags, I needed to make a change. I discovered GREEN Jiffy bag! 100% recyclable jiffy bags that don't cost the earth. If your order has arrived in this bag, you can also try and resue it too!
I get quite a few boxes and filling from suppliers, and never really need to use them myself. These boxes now get reused by going art gallery - The Robert Fuller Gallery where they are used to send out items purchased online. This is a gallery local to me, just over the hill at Thixendale. They are collected from outside my home once a week too! I save them up and let them know when there is enough to be collected!
Making small changes like this, over the years has made me feel happier. I can now say that Holistic Kitchen is really helping to play a part of the bigger picture which is resusing and recycling what we can. Every little helps right?