To minimise our environmental impact, we try to use as little packaging as possible – we only bag stuff when we really need to.
So if you've been a customer of ours for a while, you may have noticed we’ve changed the material our bags are made of. They used to be paper, but now they're plastic.
We’ve switched to recyclable plastic as it is the most widely recycled material available in the UK at this time. They have less environmental impact than paper bags because they weigh less, take up less storage space and use less energy.
Likewise, we've found that recyclable plastic has less environmental impact than degradable plastic. This is because degradable plastic bags cannot be recycled or composted properly in the UK, so they end up as landfill. They leave small traces of plastic in the soil that never break down. They are also known to create more greenhouse gasses than conventional plastics and paper.
The change has had a big effect and more than halved the annual CO2 footprint of our packaging.
We don't pretend that recyclable plastic is perfect. But right now, it is the lowest impact way of packaging our stuff.