Plastic isn’t the problem. Plastic waste is.
From manufacture through to shipping we use plastic polybags to package our items. These help to protect items in transit, keeping moisture and dirt out. There are many types of alternative non-plastic polybags out there. But, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) have found that plastic polybags are the least environmentally impactful option when it comes to protective packaging for products. Even compared to bio-degradable and paper options. The biggest issue with plastic is disposing it. Municipal recycling streams cannot, generally, process thin film polybags – and, instead, they get burnt, landfilled, or exported.
So, we’re doing something about it.
We work closely with our factories to reduce the size of polybags, choosing to roll and fold products differently to take up less space. Not only that, our polybags use 50% or more recycled content and have minimal printing, tape or labels. So they don't contaminate recycling streams.
Plus, we are collecting the polybags from our online orders and sending them to a nearby recycling facility. Here, these polybags are recycled into high-quality pellets that can be sold back to industry. So old polybags could be made into new polybags.
This work is leading the way for the outdoor industry, carried out in collaboration with the European Outdoor Group’s Single Use Plastics Project. Learn more about the Single Use Plastic Project.