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All about our eco-friendly packaging

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From the start, we knew that all the packaging Good Things uses for our ethical toys and gifts needed to be eco-friendly too. 

It’s very important to us that this eco-friendly packaging is 100% recyclable, and where possible we wanted to use recycled materials. 

While lots of us are increasingly conscious about the products we use and how we recycle and reduce our waste, we were surprised to find that the packaging industry hasn't necessarily kept up. 46% of us feel guilty about the amount of plastic packaging we use, and 82% of us are trying to reduce the amount we throw away. Yet products are often delivered in plastic, with plastic tape sealing the boxes as standard. 50% of plastic is used only once, and the impact on our sea life is shocking. Find out more about my experience of plastic pollution when working with sea turtles.

Before launching, we spent time searching for alternative ways of packing our lovely products safely, without having to resort to plastic. We're not saying we've found the perfect solution (we'd love to be carbon positive!) but here's what we use at the moment:

Packaging to protect your product

The off-white paper used to fill the box and keep your product safe comes from newspaper off-cuts which might otherwise have been thrown away. They're completely recyclable and can be used as scrap paper first! We also use 100% recycled tissue paper to protect more delicate products.

Box

Your box is part recycled, FSC approved and 100% recyclable. While we'd love to use 100% recycled boxes, at the moment we haven't found a recycled box which is quite strong enough to protect our precious toys and gifts. We use 100% recyclable brown paper tape to seal your boxes - it's actually stronger than traditional plastic parcel tape.

Recycled cardboard eco-friendly packaging

 

Tag and sticker

We like to include a little thank you - this is 100% recycled, and so's the Good Things sticker. The red raffia tying your tag on is made from natural raffia and is completely compostable and biodegradable. 

Printed packing slip

We only use 100% recycled paper and card (even though it does sometimes mangle our printer!), and that's what we use for your packing slip and Good Things flyer.

Recycled and Recylable Gift-wrap

If you're interested in gift-wrap make sure you check out our bright, high-quality and 100% recycled and recyclable range of wrapping paper packs or gift-wrap for products.

 

Eco-friendly gift wrap

Recycled wrapping paper from Good Things - bees

We hope you enjoy your product and the way it's packed. We love to hear what you think and do reach out if you can help us improve our eco-friendly packaging!

Good Things seeks out innovative, fair and eco-friendly toys and gifts for kids that do great things. Like toy boats made entirely from recycled milk bottles, or cards that are changing the lives of orphaned young adults in Rwanda. Have a look at our collections.

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