Packaging PolicyHere at Resin8 we are conscious of the environment in everything that we do. As retailers of a plastic product we are even more aware of the need to reduce our impact on the environment. That's why we thought it might be helpful to explain a little more about why we use the packaging that we do, and what we are doing to improve further.
Loose fill packagingThe term "loose fill" refers to a packaging material that fills a void left once an item has been packed. We use a selection of loose fill packing material.
- We shred our paper
- We re-use packing materials
- We only buy 100% biodegradeable packing peanuts, from the UK
When we receive items from manufacturers we ALWAYS re-use the loose fill. So your parcel may include "plastic" packing peanuts or bubble wrap but most of these have been sent to us and we are re-using them. How to recycle it? Please re-use where you can.
We use Eco Flo fully biodegradeable packing peanuts and have done for a number of years. Eco Flo peanuts are made, in Cardiff, from GM-free starch and are 100% biodegradable. Unlike other loose fills on the market, Eco Flo is compostable (EN13432) and independently proven to offer better all round protection than polystyrene loose fill. What's even better is that starch is an annually renewable resource, not a depleting resource like petro-chemical based polystyrene. How to recycle it? It is suitable for your compost bin! It will dissolve in water which eliminates the problem of littering. Or make flowers out of it, like Sarah did, one of our customers.
Cardboard boxesWe re-use cardboard boxes where we can, which is why the box your order arrives in might not always look tip-top. However, the volume of orders we now process means that we have to buy in new cardboard boxes to send your products out in.
We have spent a lot of time and effort sourcing the best cardboard box manufacturer and are delighted to have found, and been using for a number of years, Belmont Packaging. This company are based in Wigan and are female-led (just like us). Belmont (who also trade under Boxed-Up for small orders) are an environmentally-aware FSC® certified manufacturer who have taken steps to reduce their impact on the environment by installing solar panels to generate their own electricity, installing a state of the art energy efficient compressor, having motion sensor lighting to save energy and best of all, collating and baling their own waste which they then sell back to the corrugated board supplier so it can be turned into more sheeting for more boxes.
We are looking into paper tape instead of plastic tape and will report back once we have found something suitable!
Compostable & Biodegradable bagsOur current focus for improving our environmental impact is by pledging to move away from all HDPE plastic bags.
Our first step in this process was to introduce paper bags for sending out our mica powder and jewellery bezels. Taking a step forward from this, we are currently in the process of switching to compostable and biodegradable plastic bags for all our liquid products that need to be sent out in a sealed bag. Bear with us whilst we make this change, we don't want to waste the traditional bags that we already have and cause unnecessary waste so for the next little while you may receive a combination of traditional and environmentally-friendly bags.
We will always make it obvious which bags are compostable and biodegradable. Compostable bags can be popped into your household food waste bin and biodegradable can be put into your recycling bin. Keep in mind that any traditional bags we use can be taken to the plastic bag recycling pots at your local supermarket.
We have spent a long time researching the most environmentally-friendly options and we are aware that compostable bags are the very best choice for the environment and we hope to move exclusively to these in the future when the range of sealing and size options becomes available. Until we are able to move exclusively to compostable bags we will be using a combination of compostable and biodegradable bags.
Why have any bags at all? If one item were to leak, it would spill over all of the other products in the parcel meaning we need to re-send product to you which not only costs us money but it means more production of product, more miles in the post van and therefore more emissions. Mica is notorious for leaking - such a fine powder is difficult to keep in one place! We also fully comply with Royal Mail's regulations for the prevention of leaks and parcel damage. Although most of our resins are classed as non-toxic, they are still chemicals and we must prevent these from leaking at all costs so that they do not come into contact with unprotected skin, wildlife and other people's parcels whilst on their journey.
Plastic bottles & tubs
Our resin bottles are made from HDPE (high density polyethylene), which, coincidentally, is also resin! HDPE is used for milk bottles, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles... the list goes on. Because of its popularity it is widely recycled, with 92% of councils collecting used HDPE bottles for recycling. Epoxy resin and hardener must be filled in HDPE as it is the only plastic that will not react with the chemicals contained in resin.
How to recycle your used Resin8 bottles? Containers should be emptied as much as possible (i.e. the product used) and taken to a local recycling centre. They will usually have a special waste collection point that deals with hazardous liquids like paints, etc.
You're not going to like reading this... Paper bags are NOT better for the environment than polythene bags.
- Paper uses more energy in its production than polythene
- Paper costs more to produce
- Paper manufacture uses 20 times as much water as polythene manufacture
- Paper takes up to 20 times more space during transportation, resulting in excess CO2 emissions
- Paper is more expensive to recycle
- Paper places increasing pressure on landfill and land space due to their greater mass
- Paper releases methane as it degrades - 23 times more damaging in accelerating climate change as the equivalent amount of CO2
So, paper bags are not the answer.
By re-using and then recycling our polythene (HDPE) packaging - rather than just disposing of it after a single use - we can all help to reduce waste and save on raw materials, thereby cutting greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to a greener, cleaner planet.
For those who wish to see the stats and want our statement backed up, please visit these links:
- Environment Agency Report SC030148: Life cycle assessment of supermarket carrier bags: a review of the bags available in 2006
- NI Assembly Research and Library Briefing Note 2011: Comparison of Environmental Impact of Plastic, Paper and Cloth Bags
- The Independent 2011: Plastic fantastic! Carrier bags 'not eco-villains after all'