Is all recycled plastic created equal? The short answer is no! Recycled plastics fall into two key categories; pre-consumer and post-consumer, but first, let’s talk virgin … Virgin plastic is plastic that has never been used or recycled before. Petroleum is mined from the earth, ‘cracked’ and made into pure, untainted, ‘virgin’ plastic.
We’re all super-aware of the devastating impact plastic can have on our oceans and natural environment, but perhaps less aware of how plastics are contributing to climate change. Yet at almost every stage of the product lifecycle, virgin plastics are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions.
Even though we’d been working on our BCorp application for over two years, we chose possibly the worst time to submit it – Covid lockdown March 2020. Apparently every other company (we may be exaggerating a tad here!) also on the BCorp journey had also decided to use lockdown to finish off their submissions and get them in … And so it was, that 6 months later, we were finally certified and we could not be more chuffed!
There are several reasons eCommerce is 'easier' on the environment than traditional bricks and mortar retail; fewer resources are consumed running warehouses than retail stores, it reduces the need for shoppers to take transport to stores, distribution centres are nearer to transport hubs reducing carbon miles, and electronic advertising is far more sustainable than print.