At Rainstick we take the environment seriously. You will notice that the vast majority of our products are made either from wood or from sustainable materials such as clay. And of course we are using non toxic paints etc. This has always been the case and will always be the case. But now we are actually setting out fixed policies with the hope that by consciously focusing on that aspect of our operation we can minimise our carbon footprint. This will be a progressive thing, we are not experts in the field but we intend to become them!
You may have already noticed changes in the way we are packing our cartons and products. We are experimenting with new air-filled compostable packaging. We are not buying this in, we have partnered with a local business Leo's Deli and we are collecting and reusing their packaging to our mutual benefit. We are also taking their used bubble wrap and other clean packaging. Whilst this is not quite as smart- looking as using new product, it seems vastly preferable from an ecological point of view. We welcome your feedback if you have any particular preferences. And we would love to hear if you are able to recycle or reuse the packaging that we send to you – in as much as it is practical, if we can package using product that can be used again and again then that is great for everyone.
We all know that the entire world is drowning in rubbish. Plastic, food wrappers, bottles and every kind of litter are as familiar on our beaches and roadsides as seagulls and speed cameras. Whales stranded earlier this year on the North Sea beaches were found to have massive amounts of plastic in their stomachs. I used to think that problem in the UK was primarily a new generation of people with little respect for the environment, who felt no guilt at discarding their packaging. And I suppose this might be true to an extent. But it is the massive increase in consumerism, the sheer volume of stuff has just grown and grown, there is just so much rubbish. And let's not even mention global warming or my children leaving the lights on!
We have for years been trying to buy the most eco friendly crafted goods that we can as well as recycled and reused boxes. We already operate a carbon negative warehouse with 33KW solar panel capacity. In fact, we also supply next door (a busy printing business with a large staff) with a quarter of their energy. Now we are aiming to fully cease buying any product that is harmful to the environment. And we also aim to look at our packaging and see how we can further minimise our impact. I am not sure that we can completely ditch plastic, I know customers like it for products such as ocarinas (where it goes into the mouth)…and bubblewrap is vital to protect our large thuya boxes. But we will at the very least see how we can reduce this and investigate more eco-friendly alternatives.