We’ve designed product stamps to signpost the most important aspects of what we sell, so you can shop more efficiently and more informed.
We want to dismantle any confusion around shopping eco-friendly, spelling out what all the sustainable “buzzwords” actually mean.
These icons will:-
allow you to make an informed choice of which is the right product for you
provide you with clear instructions of what to do with your product after it has fulfilled its usage
provide you with information to use elsewhere in order to sidestep greenwashing
As technology improves, new materials and alternatives are developing all the time.
As wonderful as this development is, it can often add to the confusion, and if we do not understand how to deal with a product, we cannot ensure minimum harm to the environment.
So, we’re providing you with product descriptors and the capabilities for the product’s end-of-life process, and how it stands up on the sustainability scale.
THE ABILITY TO DECOMPOSE/DECAY INTO ORGANIC MATERIAL
This product is compostable at home.
The object can decompose at home and develop into a nutrient-rich material – compost. It is a non-toxic form of recycling, as the product made from organic matter transitions into another useful, organic product. The length of time in which an object takes to decompose is specific to what the object is and the environment it sits within.
Even though composting is a form of recycling, it is important not to put these objects into recycling bins as they will contaminate the recycling process, resulting in recyclable items being sent to landfill.
If you can’t compost at home, items such as food waste can generally be put into a green bin, but it is important to check with your local council’s waste policy and capabilities first – check here
Alternatively, you could source a local community composting scheme.
Can't find one? Start one! Ask us
for help to point you in the right direction!
THE ABILITY TO DECOMPOSE/DECAY INTO ORGANIC MATERIAL
This product is compostable within an industrial setting.
The object can decompose but only under specific circumstances which cannot be provided at home. Industrial composting decomposes materials on a huge scale, offering higher temperatures, constant management, gas & light control.
Even though composting is a form of recycling, it is important not to put these objects into recycling bins as they will contaminate the recycling process resulting in recyclable items being sent to landfill.
Depending upon the object, it may not be fit for a green bin (UK) due to the length of time it takes to decompose. Please check with your local council here
THE ABILITY TO 'DEGRADE' CHEMICALLY - TO BREAK DOWN
This product is degradable.
The object can break down into smaller pieces, or, scientifically, the substance can change into a more simple chemical structure. For example, a plastic bottle is degradable and on average takes 450 years to break down. This depends on light & heat exposure.
This might sound great... oh, plastic bottles disappear! But the reality is that the plastic bottle just breaks down into millions of pieces of microplastic
- extremely small pieces of plastic debris that pollute our environment.
THE ABILITY FOR A NON NATURAL PRODUCT TO FULLY 'DEGRADE' WITH THE USE OF A MIXING AGENT
This product is oxo-degradable.
We've classed these products as degradable, not
Generally confused with biodegradable, many claim that oxo-degradable products such as bioplastics are biodegradable, thereby not leaving microplastics behind. This is not always true. Most generally oxo-degradable items break down fast into microplastics. Yet, it then takes a substantial, indefinite amount of time for the microplastics to fully
degrade, permitting a degree of pollution in the process.
There is also controversy that oxo-degradable items do not uphold their creators' claims. It is argued that there is not yet substantial evidence to prove that they do not avoid pollution, and it is questionable on their end-of-life capabilities within the marine environment; which is where, sadly, a lot of our waste ends up.
Although interesting, we think that confusion around products such as bioplastics highlight the need for consumer education and understanding, as well as business accountability before they become an additional harm to our environmental crisis, especially as they are expected to increase by 20% before 2022 as a solution rather than part of the problem.
Read more about this debate, here.
THE ABILITY TO DEGRADE BIOLOGICALLY - 'TO BREAK DOWN'
This product is biodegradable.
The object can break down biologically with help of bacteria or natural living organisms, without leaving microplastic or toxins behind and therefore avoiding pollution.
It is important to notice that if a product can degrade biologically, it does not necessarily mean that it is compostable. Confusing, right?
- Yes, if a product is compostable, it is biodegradable, as it has the ability to break down naturally.
- No, a biodegradable product does not necessarily mean it is compostable.
THE ABSENCE OF ANY ANIMAL RELATED PRODUCTS; DAIRY, MEAT, EGGS OR FISH
This product does not contain or is not made from any material or ingredient originated from any animal.
Our vegan classification also denotes that the product is 100% cruelty-free.
MADE IN THE UK
MANUFACTURED LOCALLY BY A UK COMPANY
This product was created within the UK.
This means that you are supporting our national economy, and, most generally, the product has a lower carbon footprint than products that are imported from overseas.
THE ABSENCE OF ANY PLASTIC IN THE PACKAGING OR PRODUCT
This product is 100% plastic-free.
THE ABSENCE OF THE CHEMICAL BPA IN THE PRODUCT
This product does not contain BPA (Bisphenol A).
BPA is a chemical that is mixed with other compounds to produce strong plastics, such as food containers and bottles. BPA can pass from the plastic to its contents. It is argued that it can influence detrimental effects upon our health.
Find out more, here
CONFORMS WITH STANDARDS OF ORGANIC FARMING AND PRODUCTION
This product or food item is organic.
Food - this food item was produced or farmed in a way that no non-natural fertilisers, pesticides, additives or enhancers have been used. This item also has not been through any processes using radiation or has been genetically modified.
Non-food items - this item is made up of organic materials and the production process is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.