Recycling and stuff | The Gin Box Shop | Bottles & Samples
Packaging & Environmental Considerations
We take choosing our packaging materials and methods seriously at The Gin Box Shop.
We might appear to be a large corporate or LTD company, but we are a two person, small and independent Partnership.
However, we believe that small means adaptable! We can make changes quickly and see ideas implemented without too many hurdles, or having to appease shareholders or committees.
So, anything you have to say about our business and its impact on the environment, just let us know, open a discussion, we would love to hear from you.
Ultimately, all our choices think about the environment, whilst considering what you as a customer, do with your inherited materials once you receive them.
Simpler, Eco-friendly packaging
Over the last 6 months you may have noticed that our packaging has got simpler, but in a good way, we have been phasing out the use of plastic wherever we can, and have been developing new ideas to assist you in how you deal with packaging from us.
Although not all of our packaging materials are recyclable, and unfortunately the best place for some is in the landfill, we strive to offer the best material for the job without compromising too heavily on our environmental impact.
Our Main Objectives
- Minimise non-recyclable materials, including sticky-backed-plastic or sellotape.
- Keep plastic to a minimum, whilst still offering competitive options for our customers.
- Keep protective packaging material to a minimum whilst ensuring parcels aren’t damaged in transit.
- When possible, buy products which are themselves made from recycled materials.
- Inform customers what they can do with each element of packaging they inherit from us. (Please see an extensive list below)
LIST OF PACKAGING MATERIALS
We have detailed a fairly extensive list of packaging materials below, along with what they are used for, and what their recycling or re-use options are.
If you have any further questions regarding these products, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
External Packaging Slip Wallet
We use the plastic wallets on all our Parcel Force packages. The plastic protects the shipping label, and packaging slip from being damaged in transit by the elements, or handling procedures.
The plastic sleeve is made of a non-recyclable plastic. The best place for these is currently the landfill. We have spent quite a bit of time trying to find an alternative but to no avail. But don’t worry, we are on the look-out, so watch this space.
Best of luck taking one of these off a package and trying to reuse it… If you manage it, and come up with a reuse, please let us know!
50ml & 30ml Sample Sachets
Category 7 plastic
We use these plastic sachets for our mix & match and sampling products. We have chosen to use this material because it enables us to fit the samples neatly in a package that can fit through your letterbox. They are also sturdy, and have a great second life as a seedling plant pot.
The 30ml and 50ml sample sachets are recyclable, (category 7). Please check with your local council to see if they accept this plastic in their recycling schemes.
If they are unable to recycle the sachet plastic then we will happily take back your sachets and reuse/dispose of them for you.
All you have to do is package up your sachets (minimum of 10), along with a Gin Box Shop packing slip so we can trace your original order, and send them back to us as 2nd class large letter or 2nd class small letter via ROYAL MAIL. We will then send off the sachets to a recycling factory, or reuse them as seedling plant pots at our personal places of residence.
Any returned sachets should be sent to:Recycling SachetsThe Gin Box Shop28 Mt EphraimTunbridge WellsKentTN4 8AA
PLEASE NOTE that we will only refund you for your postage once we receive the items.
Although we personally don’t advocate it, the sachets can go in the landfill, the only positive aspect of this is they don’t end up in the waterways and don’t take up much room.
We love seeing items being reused or up-cyclyed, and these little sample sachets make for excellent seedling pots!
So perhaps buy some compost and start growing some of your own garnishes for your gin bevies.
They also make good little spice bags for kitchen use, simply fold over the end use some tape or a clip to keep your spices fresh.
Green Bubble Wrap:
VERY OCCASIONALLY used for bottle wrapping items that go in gift bags, or that are a tight fit in our packaging boxes. We are gradually fading the use of this out completely.
We bought this believing it was environmentally friendly, but it just breaks down in to smaller micro-particles in a biological environment, which is bad. Thus its name “biodegradable bubble wrap” was a misnomer. “Biodegradable”, but not suitable for the compost heap, means the best place for this is in the landfill, where it can breakdown and not take up as much room as standard bubble wrap, so we believe its a better choice than the usual stuff.
Alternatively, you can reuse it of course, and take advantage of its insulate properties, or great protection providing attributes e.g. wrap something fragile in it when you move house. Or perhaps line a plant incubator in it in the cooler months.
CARD & PAPER
Packaging Paper (off-white)
We use recycled paper to provide protection of your items whilst they are in transit. This protective paper is not virgin paper.
You can put this paper in your council recycling bin if you have one, or you could put it in your compost bin. If you don’t have either of these options, you could put it in the landfill and rest assured that it will break down in an environmentally friendly way. You could also use the paper to help light BBQ charcoals, or a winter fire.
You could keep the paper flat and store it in a bag or such like until you need to send a parcel yourself, and thus reuse the paper in the same way that we have. You could even have a go at recycling the paper yourself and creating new kraft paper.
Corrugated Flute Card
Recycled card and paper
Each bottle of gin, mixer, or glass you order from us is wrapped in single flute corrugated card. The card itself is made from recycled paper. This card provides extra protection on top of the paper, and prevents bottles from clinking against one-another.
You can treat this in exactly the same way as the packaging paper: it can be put in the council recycling bin if you have one, or you could put it in your compost bin. Again, if you don’t have either of these options, you could put it in the landfill and rest assured that it will break down in an environmentally friendly way. You could also use the paper to help light BBQ charcoals, or a winter fire.
You could keep the card flat and store it in a bag or such like until you need to send a parcel yourself, and thus reuse for the same purpose as us.
A mixture of recycled card (the corrugated element) and new card made from Forest Stewardship Council approved sources (the inner and outer surfaces)
We use double-walled flute boxes for the packaging of nearly all items ordered from us. We have chosen to spend that little more on the double-walled boxes as opposed to the single-walled boxes, because they just offer items ordered from our store better protection. Broken items are a huge waste of money and energy, as is the replacement.
See: ‘Corrugated Flute Card’
The boxes we use are sturdy, and we believe that they have a second life in them, so please flat-pack them and use them to send parcels yourself. Or save them for when you need to move something fragile from A to B.
See: ‘Double-Walled Boxes’
Gin Sampling Note Sheets
Paper made from FSC certified sources.
Used in the mix & match gin box samples product. We have chosen a silk finish for these sheets, but will be changing the style on the next run - we’ll be going for a recycled pulp paper finish, and the paper will be made from recycled materials.
These can be put in standard household recycling, or, as they are intended, kept with your notes on your gin purchase!
No reuse options suggested.
FSC approved paper. Outer coating of wax not plastic.
Used to wrap mix and match boxes and some gift items. Gives some items a uniform presentation as a gift. Also gives box protection on the mix & match products.
These can be put in standard household recycling, compost bin, or the landfill. The paper will biodegrade naturally because it has a waxed finish.
Because the paper has a waxed finish the brown kraft tape that we use can be peeled off carefully, and the paper can be reused, perhaps to wrap a future gift if it is in good condition.
Kraft-Tape (Thin 19mm)
FSC approved paper. Rubber based adhesive.
We use this as wrapping tape for gifts and our mix and match boxes.
These can be put in standard household recycling, compost bin, or the landfill. The paper will biodegrade in to natural constituents. We hate sticky-backed plastic.
Kraft-Tape Hotmelt & Acrylic (Thick 50mm)
FSC approved paper. Natural Acrylic Adhesive
We use this for securing all boxes that we ship to our customers.
These can be put in standard household recycling, compost bin, or the landfill. The paper will biodegrade in to natural constituents.
We hate sticky-backed plastic.