Each year, for the last week of February and the first of March, individuals, companies and groups across the UK focus on the stories of people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold, and grow the cotton for our clothes; these people are often underpaid and exploited. This year, 2021, the focus of the Fairtrade Fortnight is on the growing challenges of climate change and how it is affecting farmers and workers in the communities that Fairtrade works with.
In countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, farmers and workers, who have done the last to contribute to climate change, are still, disproportionately affect by it. The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat already, impacting on those in climate vulnerable countries. They face droughts, crop disease, floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests. Fairtrade works to raise awareness of the farmers and workers, working in these vulnerable communities. This year, Fairtrade are asking you to ‘Choose the World You Want’.
How do we, at Creative Nature work hard to be green and sustainable?
As a business, we want to make greener choices, which sometimes also means making expensive choices. We feel it is important, when we are running a business to support people with allergies and anaphylaxis, we should also be as environmentally friendly and as sustainable as we can.
Our office is powered by Ecotricity, to help us have a lower carbon footprint.
We recycle our boxes and pallets. Regular clients know they will often get our products in recycled boxes, but don’t mind, because they know that it’s part of our sustainability policy as a company. As we don’t throw the boxes out, we create less land-fill, and are helping to do our bit, with our customers’ support, for the climate.
Gradually, as we upgrade branding and product boxes, we will go for the greener option. One of our products with completely sustainable packaging is, Gnawbles, and the packaging is designated PET 1, and is totally recyclable.
What is PET 1?
PET 1 is a plastic recycling symbol. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate. It is the most common plastic used for single-use bottled beverages.
- Plastic containers often carry a number on the bottom or side, from 1 to 7.
- This is the plastic resin identification code, also known as the recycling number.
- This number can also provide guidance for consumers who want to recycle plastic containers.
- There is such a thing as recyclable plastic and PET plastic is the most widely recycled.
- Often used for clear plastic bottles, eg. things like Plastic water bottles; fizzy pop bottles; mouthwash bottles; and yoghurt posts (check though because some can be made from polystyrene).
- PET can be recycled into polyester fabric, and filling for fleeces, carpets and cushion fillings.
We were even thinking about sustainability back in 2019, when we wrote the blog: “We strive to be green at CN”. https://www.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/we-strive-to-be-green-at-creative-nature/ (2019). Another ‘green’ initiative we are supporting, is a new recycling initiative – The Confectionery Recycling Programme, by TerraCycle UK.
What is TerraCycle?
TerraCycle is a company who offers a range of free programmes that are funded by conscientious companies as well as recycling solutions available for purchase for almost every form of waste.
This is to help you collect and recycle the things are a difficult to recycle. All you have to do is choose the programmes you’d like to join, and start collecting the waste in your home, school or office, then download free shipping labels, and you can send your waste to be recycled.
What’s even better is, you can earn rewards for your school or for your favourite non-profit organisation/charity. Over the world, over 202 million people are collecting and recycling, in 21 counties, and by recycling billions of waste they have raised over 44 million dollars for charities around the world. TerraCycle has partnered with Nestle confectionery.
The Confectionery Recycling Programme
You can recycle all brands of plastic confectionery packaging through this programme. Unfortunately, because it is so popular, at the moment, the programme is currently full.
However, you can drop -off your confectionary packaging at public drop-off locations across the UK. There is a map showing these locations on their website.
It is very encouraging that the people have taken up the challenge or recycling their confectionery waste, rather than throwing it away without thought.
How is the waste recycled?
The plastic confectionery packaging is shredded, washed and then made into pellets. These pellets can then be used for a number of moulded, rigid plastic products like benches, or for film products such as rubbish bags.
Here is more info on the recycling schemes: The Confectionery Recycling Programme | TerraCycle UK · TerraCycle