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Plastic Bags?

  • Posted by ruben
  • 15 March 2013

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.

Click here to download the geeky analysis report from carbon footprint experts Tickety Boo.

Books are for reading

  • Posted by ruben
  • 3 June 2010

Real books are great.

The ones you can scribble in, and tear pages out of.

The ones you can read under a tree in the sun.

The ones you can share with your friends.

The ones that make your bag heavy, reminding you they need reading.

The ones that smell great and wear out.

The ones that recharge your batteries.

howies has a library, you can borrow our books.

Thing is, they're not easy to find on our site and so they end up sitting in a cupboard in the warehouse.

Our library has been neglected. Our books are not being read.

We need to fix that.

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