Sustainability Policy

DESIGNED, MADE, PACKED AND SHIPPED IN THE UK

Everyday MAgic

Each and every one of my products is designed with a little bit of everyday magic in mind. My first commitment to sustainability has always been to create a quality product destined to live a long lifetime. Whether that's considered, timeless designs that outlast trends; thicker, quality paper stocks that will travel from home-to-home, room-to-room; and cards with versatile messages to suit many occasions and span seasons; they are all intended to be treasured.

SUSTAINABLE SOURCES

I try wherever possible to source all of my paper based products and packaging - from Greetings Cards to Gift Wrap to Prints - from suppliers that source their materials in a sustainable way.

Greetings cards

As well as being printed with FSC certified suppliers, all Greetings Cards and Backing Cards are recyclable. Special finishes such as foil are so thin, that it completely dissipated during the re-pulping process, meaning foiled cards are still recyclable. I source my cards from Suppliers who are committed to environmentally sustainable practices - from re-purposing waste paper as packing materials, re-filling ink canisters, and returning waste products to suppliers for repurposing.

REDUCING SINGLE USE PLASTICS

With the increasing availability of plant-based cellophane sleeves, I am dedicated to lessening my impact by making the switch from plastic cellophane to plant-based cellophane. All new greetings cards from October 2019 onwards are packaged in biodegradable cellophane, which breaks down completely into CO2, water and biomass. It can be industrially composted, and will eventually break dowin in landfill or when incinerated.

All other products that require a cellophane bag to keep them safe, clean and dry, will be switched to a biodegradable bag as old stock sells through and are discontinued or replenished. 

I try to request that suppliers refrain from shipping items in plastic wherever possible. Where the use of plastic shipping material (such as bubble wrap or void fill) is unexpected or unavoidable, it is always saved and repurposed in shipping more delicate orders, or for protecting larger orders to stockists. You can be sure that your order will never contain plastic shipping materials that are brand new.

shipping and packaging

In 2019, I fully committed to switching to recyclable shipping materials. Since the very beginning, I have always used sturdy, cardboard shipping envelopes and boxes for shipping your orders, but have since have extended those efforts to encompass all shipping materials (except where plastic packaging from suppliers is repurposed - see "Reducing Single Use Plastics") to make your shopping experience magical, and kind to the environment. Each order is wrapped in sustainably sourced tissue, packaged in cardboard or paper bags and sealed with paper tape.

Any delicate items are wrapped in tissue and paper "bubble wrap", or padded using repurposed bubble or void fill from supplier deliveries. If for any reason you'd like to request absolutely no plastic packaging to be used in your order, you can always leave this request in the notes section of your order, which I would be happy to honour. 

DESIGNED, MADE, PACKED AND SHIPPED IN THE UK

I am always trying to find ways to improve the sustainability of my business and would absolutely, genuinely love to hear your ideas. If there's anything you think I should know, or a more sustainable alternative I need to try, don't hesitate to get in touch: hello@anniedornansmith.co.uk