A Green Etikora
We believe that if everyone does their best to eliminate non-recyclable products, reduce emissions to a minimum and actively looks to care for our planet then the world will be a better place. With every purchase you make from Etikora™, you are not only buying a loved product made with care and meaning, you are also helping change the way we purchase items. Our products are healthy, recycled and repurposed, ethically created and often unique. You can be safe in the knowledge that we have this covered, in a ‘green’ way.
Etikora’s Commitment to the Climate Crisis
We want to make a positive contribution to the planet and support ethical and forward-thinking businesses. We know that delivering products can have a negative impact on our climate, and we want to try and restore the balance as much as we can. This is a daunting challenge, yet we feel we can make a difference.
With every order you place, we will donate one tree through Brynk.
Supporting Projects All Over the World
We choose to work with Brynk by donating a tree with every purchase you make. Brynk have a very similar ethos to Etikora and we are delighted that we have found such a good fit with our values.
Brynk have the experience and proven methods meaning we can achieve more for every penny of support. They have teamed up with trusted and highly effective organisations like Gold Standard and Eden Reforestation Projects to ensure our money works as effectively as possible for the planet.
We like Brynk especially as they work all over the world so we can give back to a project that is close to the source of your purchase. Not only are you supporting local artisans, but you are also helping to restore mangroves in Mozambique, the Afromontane ecosystem of Kijabe Forest in Kenya, and forests in Haiti, one of the most environmentally degraded countries on earth.
Offset Your Footprint
As a thought, why not Offset Your Footprint and try out Brynk’s carbon calculator to see what you can do to help? It takes you through a number of questions about your lifestyle and works out how many trees you need to plant each month to say that you’re climate positive.
It is interesting to see how much your impact is on the planet and how easy it is to help redress the balance.
We strive to make sure that all our products are wrapped and shipped in recycled or recyclable materials, whether it be paper, cardboard, straw or any other natural packaging that our enterprising suppliers can find. We have seen purchases wrapped in newspaper, protected with popped corn and corrugated brown paper, wrapped in tissue paper or packed in sturdy boxes. We only work with suppliers that care about the planet which is reflected in their products and the way they are packed. We encourage our suppliers to minimise the packaging they use.
We will never use single use plastic or bubble wrap in our packaging. We acknowledge that certain courier companies do occasionally have to protect the address labels with Sellotape or similar, but we do our best to avoid this and we are constantly searching for alternative solutions.
Product delivery could potentially have a huge impact on the environment, and we want to reduce this to an absolute minimum. This is applicable to both UK and overseas suppliers. We have two ways of reducing postage and packaging.
With our delivery, your purchase comes straight from the supplier, reducing transportation costs and packaging. This is our most popular delivery method. If you love products from one supplier, we also make sure that are put into one shipment to minimise packaging.
Some of our overseas suppliers are working closely with us whereby a shipment of multiple products is sent to us in the UK and we at Etikora split the consignment and send the individual products on to you the customer. These are products that work out being too expensive to ship solo due to shipping costs or due to import tax.
Our Green Code
There are also practical things we can all do to help keeping green. At Etikora we try to follow a code of business and personal conduct to do our bit to help, albeit small. We know it can be hard to remember to do everything listed below every day, but as a team, we are committed to doing our very best.
- Where possible we work from home and do our best to reduce our carbon footprint.
- We try to keep to remote team meetings via Zoom and Skype.
- When face-to-face meetings are required, we encourage car sharing between participants.
- We enable sleep mode and energy saving features on computers and other equipment when not in use.
- We use energy efficient lights and bulbs, especially LEDs, where possible. LEDs save both energy and money.
- We turn lights or power off when not in use and place laptops in sleep mode.
- We unplug devices from the wall when not in use as we understand that electronic devices can still use energy when they are plugged in and aren’t being used.
- We ensure devices are in the most eco-friendly setting, i.e., turn the screen brightness down to save energy.
Making our Supply Chain Greener
We are committed to making our business purchases as sustainable as we can. Where possible we use local suppliers to help keep money circulating within the local economy.
We seek out the most eco-friendly options such as using recycled paper for our business cards and stationery. We are also committed to using suppliers, when available, that practice functional green policies.
We try to reduce our waste in a number of ways.
- Set printers to print on both sides of paper as a default. Not only does this cut paper costs it also saves money and resources.
- Recycle paper for printing and notes.
- Go paperless whenever possible. Documents are shared, edited and passed on using cloud-based services like Google Drive and One Drive. This helps reduce the need for printing.
- Where paper is required, we encourage the use of recycled paper.
- We promote the use of recycling – from general waste, glass, paper, and plastic.
- Recycle printer cartridges.
A Green Home
Water is a valuable commodity and getting scarcer; we try to take shorter showers and not to leave the tap running whilst cleaning our teeth. We only boil as much hot water as needed for that cup of tea or coffee. Our team use biodegradable products such as washing liquid, shampoo and soap as we are sensitive to the environmental impact that other less caring products cause.
Healthy Work Ethics
Our team have desk plants which can increase the oxygen flow within a room and improve the air quality. This can offset any chemicals released into the air. Our desks have visual access to the outdoors whenever possible which gives a much healthier view of the world! We also encourage everyone to take a break in their garden or park and maybe to be part of a local project.
Climate Neutral Aim for Etikora Holidays
Sense Earth, our sister company who runs Etikora Holidays, provides an option for guests to offset the emissions produced in taking holidays. Offsetting is not about being carbon neutral but being carbon positive. Please see Sense Earth’s Green Policy.
Sense Earth and Etikora will absorb the cost of carbon offset and invest in projects that promote clean energy technologies, conservation, forest management and other environmental efforts that combat the effects of climate change by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. We will do this through Brynk.