Updated: Nov 22, 2022
We take our environmental responsibility seriously and we want to share what we do at Colleague Box to reduce our impact on the environment and also how we are working with suppliers and partners to give something back.
We Plant Trees
We have partnered with JUST ONE Tree to help tackle climate change and plant a tree with every order. They fund reforestation organisations around the globe, focusing on areas severely affected by mass deforestation.
JUST ONE Tree plant trees where they're needed the most to fight rising global temperatures and increase biodiversity. But with their school’s packs & JUST ONE Tree Day, they're also raising awareness in future generations of how and why we need to protect our planet.
Find out more: https://www.justonetree.life/
We have chosen our box suppliers very carefully and we are pleased to say that our box suppliers take their responsibility to the environment very seriously, just like us. In fact our boxes are fully degradable, recyclable, reusable and made from partially recycled material.
Our suppliers work with Eden Reforestation Projects and fund the planting of one tree for every order that they receive regardless of the value, adding trees back to areas across the globe that have been deforested, helping to look after our environment and help people in the process. Not only that, they are very local to us, cutting down on our carbon footprint.
Recipients of our boxes will know that our boxes are beautifully packaged with shredded and tissue paper, not just to look lovely but also to protect your delicious contents from the bumps and knocks of the postal system. Our paper is reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.
We didn't want to use bubble wrap for glass ware and bottles anymore so we searched for a better alternative that would keep your bottles safe in transit but is also kind to the environment. We found Flexi-hex... their mission; "to reduce global plastic production within the packaging industry." Perfect! Instagram worthy but more importantly, made from over 85% recycled material, is 100% plastic free, composts in 6 weeks and is domestically recyclable. Find out more here. Any bubble wrap we do use is all biodegradable.
Too Good To Go
We have signed up to become a partner of Too Good To Go, which is a social impact company driving a movement against food waste. Their app is the world’s largest B2C marketplace for surplus food. The app connects users with businesses that have surplus food, so that this food can be enjoyed instead of wasted. Users get delicious meals at a great price, businesses reach new customers and recover sunk costs, and the planet has less wasted food to deal with - it’s a win-win-win. Find out more here.
We've handpicked a selection of the UK's finest B-Corp or eco-conscious businesses that are not only making the world a better place but are also market leaders for taste.
Find out more about them here.
We're not perfect.
We know we still have a long way to go but we are making huge strides in our efforts to become a zero-waste company and we look forward to continuing on this journey with our partners and suppliers to do that and more. We only launched this business in May 2020 and have been on a huge learning curve since then but we feel like we are heading in the right direction. We will update this blog with more of our awesome suppliers and ways we are improving our impact on the environment.
Adam, Natalie and the Colleague Box Team.