We are proud to work with brands and businesses that take their commitment to the environment as seriously as we do and many of them already have some fantastic sustainability schemes in place. From garment collection schemes to re fill options and a mission to go vegan, this is just a snapshot of some of the initiatives offered by our brand partners…
Paperchase > Kraft range and seeded cards & gift wrap
Don’t throw it, grow it! Made from a mix of wildflower and vegetable seeds, their paper is compostable so you can plant your card in your garden or plant pot, give it water, love and light and watch it grow! They also have an eco-edit! Say hello to biodegradable glitter and goodbye to unnecessary plastic as more of their products go ‘naked’. Sustainable wrapping paper, recyclable cards with reusable attachments, and zero plastic prizes inside of Christmas crackers!
River Island > The Kindness Society
River Island have made 12 commitments to people, planet, principles and partnerships, aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to help them add more kindness to everything they do. Find out more here.
Mountain Warehouse > reGAIN app
They have partnered with reGAIN app to help you to turn your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories into discount vouchers, a little reward for helping to divert unwanted product from landfill! All Mountain Warehouse UK and European stores donate unsellable products to the charity Newlife, who resell and recycle the items.
Holland & Barrett >
As the UK’s first retailer to ban plastic bags in 2010, microplastics in 2012, and most recently wet wipes in 2019, their actions demonstrate a long-term commitment to helping the planet and the environment. They are proud to conduct all our business activities with honesty, integrity and at the highest possible ethical standards – from supporting charities, to creating a diverse, inclusive workplace.
Boots > Recycle scheme
Boots are here to accept the hard-to-recycle products sold in their stores, no matter what brand or where you bought them, to give them a new lease of life! You can recycle some of your empties in your own recycling bin, but the Recycle at Boots scheme will take care of the empties that you can’t recycle at home. The scheme is aimed at hard-to-recycle beauty, healthcare and wellness products that cannot be put in the council home recycling. Usually this is because they are:
- Too small (travel minis, samples, mascaras, etc)
- Made of composite materials (make-up palettes, compacts, lipsticks, etc)
- Made from non-recyclable materials (toothpaste tubes, lotion pumps, etc)
They will accept most hard-to-recycle products sold in Boots stores in the recycling box, but they encourage customers to consider if an item they would like to bring back can be recycled in their local areas (such as any glass and aluminium packaging) and only use the scheme for those that cannot. You can click here to find out which products are easily recycled at home and keep the Recycle at Boots scheme just for hard-to-recycle items.
Greggs > The Greggs Pledge
One year ago, the Greggs Pledge was published: ten things that they are doing to help make the world a better place by 2025. In this report, they share progress towards ten commitments and explain what we will be doing next, for example:
-By 2025, Greggs will create 25% less food waste than in 2018 and will continue to work towards 100% of surplus food going to those most in need.
-By 2025, 30% of the items on their shelves will be healthier choices and will attract customers through education and promotions
Wagamama > In 2017, Wagamama launched their vegan menu and since then, they’ve championed plant-based eating, because they believe vegan and vegetarian bowls pack just as much soul as any of their meat-containing counterparts, find out more here.
Sustainability is nothing new to Nando’s. For almost a decade they have had a dedicated sustainability team beavering away behind the scenes to ensure that they are treading lightly on our planet and supporting communities close to our restaurants and in Southern Africa. Some of their achievements they are most proud of over the years include:
-In July 2020, signed up to both the Science Based Targets initiative and the Better Chicken Commitment; a first in combining improvements in sustainability with animal welfare
-Committed to achieving absolute zero direct emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of a Nando’s meal by a further 50% by 2030 while pledging significant improvements to chicken welfare by 2026
-Reduced the carbon footprint of an average Nando’s meal by 40% since 2015
-Moved to 100% renewable electricity and gas across Nando’s business in England, Scotland and Wales, with Ireland being next
Read more here.
Zizzi > Since 2016 their sustainable dining strategy has set the course for their environmental, social and governance goals. Their approach to sustainability focuses on five key pillars: People, Customers, Suppliers, Environment and Planet and Community. Read more here.
The packaging they serve their products in is really important to them, to you, and for the planet. That’s why they will continue to prioritise the sustainability of their packaging, including takeaway cups, lids, cans and pods. Wherever possible they will create circular solutions, considering the entire lifecycle of each piece of packaging – reducing waste, boosting recycling, and using recycled material – moving towards reuse as their ultimate goal.
Takeaway cups are made from 100% plant based, renewable materials. As part of their loyalty scheme, every time a customer buys a barista made drink in a reusable cup they give you an extra bean towards a free drink.
Starbucks > 99% of the coffee Starbucks buys around the world is verified under its Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, which has helped farmers improve their environmental performance and weather the impacts of climate change for more than 15 years.
The Wild Life Trust BCN >
-The trust aims to protect and restore the natural environment and enable people to learn about it and enjoy it
-Manage 100+ nature reserves including the Nene Wetlands
-Provide lots of ways to learn about nature including events, workshops and school programmes
-Campaign to local and national government to advocate for better protection of wildlife and our environment