Helping the Planet with my small business
For many years we have all been aware of the need to reduce human impact on the earth; and the ‘reuse, reduce, recycle’ campaign has been around for decades and is known by all and practised by many, which is great news.
I have spent the last 30 years trying to do my small part in reducing my personal impact on the environment, re-using what I can and recycling anything that I know to be recyclable (although this isn’t always made easy). For the most part I thought I was doing enough by ensuring what I was using went into the right boxes for recycling, and trying not to buy things I didn’t need. I became a non-meat eater, and have been trying to teach my children what I have learned and what they should do.
But it’s definitely not enough. So, for the last few years I’ve been looking and asking about lots of small changes I can make, while living in a 21st century world where ‘disposable’ cheap products are on our doorstep and integrated into our lives.
So, what am I doing to help my business be kind to the environment?
One aspect I’ve mentioned lately, is that I’ve stopped using plastic in my packaging. Where possible, I use paper tape, and the packing inside my boxes is recycled paper, which I save from packages I receive and paper I use.
I try to source all I can from smaller UK suppliers. It sits better with me that I’ve tried, where possible, not to order automatically from overseas. We can’t all stop flying, and travelling with so many family and friends living all over the world; and our lives depend on imports and exports. But if there is a way for me to find a UK supplier, then hopefully I’m not adding an unnecessary burden on importing the goods. It’s not always possible. So, when I have to, I’ll try and order as much as I can in one go, so it’s just one order. Not as much of what I make or use is from overseas – but it is an ongoing search. And when I can reach the point of never needing to order from overseas suppliers, then I’ll be happy.
I walk to post all my orders. Luckily enough, I live in an area where the post office isn’t too far for me to travel. I choose to post on certain days where I can combine the walk with something else that I need to do.
Gardening is a passion of mine, and I love having cut flowers in the house. Especially if brides are visiting. But I really want to try and keep cut flowers to UK grown. I’m in the process of changing things in my garden – I’ve moved to peat free products where possible, introduced water, and a bird feeder and I’m trying to sow (and make cuttings) seeds of UK plants and flowers that will grow in my own garden that I can pick and bring indoors instead. This really is a work in progress. But some of my plants are now thriving, and I’m trying to introduce more native plants that are better for the birds, bees and insects.
So why am I telling you this?
Well, I’ve been doing some research lately to see if there is anything more I can do to be pro-active with my commitment to the environment within my business. This is where BUGLIFE comes in.
‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’ –
Sir David Attenborough
My donations to BUGLIFE each time you order from me.
I will provide a link at the bottom of this page to the BUGLIFE website, so that you can see what they do and why they are so important.
From the beginning of this year, I started to donate a percentage of every sale I receive to ‘BUGLIFE’. I am hoping that my donations will help support the work they do to reverse the awful decline in numbers of bees and invertebrates, and help restore vital habitats. And each time you order from me, you can know that your payment will go a little way to supporting the work to improve our eco systems.
If you’d like any more information on this, please do get in touch, or go to the Buglife website where you can find out what work they are doing, and who is involved.
‘Saving the small things that run the planet’
For more information about BUGLIFE
Pop over to the website and read all about Buglife and their current projects.
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