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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: support@theginboxshop.co.uk

PLASTICS

External Packaging Slip Wallet

Made from:
Non-Recyclable plastic

Use: 
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.

Disposal:
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.

Reuse:
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! 

Bubble Wrap:

Obtained from:
Suppliers

Made from:
Plastic

Use:
VERY OCCASIONALLY used for bottle wrapping items. We do not buy this ourselves but we do receive a substantial amount of it from suppliers and distillers. We feel the best way to deal with it is to re-use it ourselves. However, we tend only to use it if the package is not a gift and requires presentational care.

Reuse: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)

Made from:
Recycled paper

Use: 
We use recycled paper to provide protection of your items whilst they are in transit. This protective paper is not virgin paper. 

Disposal:
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.

Reuse:
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 

Made from:
Recycled card and paper

Use: 
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.

Disposal:
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.

Reuse:
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.

Double-Walled Boxes

Made from:
A mixture of recycled card (the corrugated element) and new card made from Forest Stewardship Council approved sources (the inner and outer surfaces).

Our boxes are themselves made from 80% recycled material and proven to be as strong as non recycled boxes but use less material. 

The process of their manufacture results in 30% saving in CO2 emissions.

Use: 
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.

Disposal:
See: ‘Corrugated Flute Card’

Reuse:
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.

Gin Sampling Note Sheets

Made from:
Paper made from FSC certified sources.

Use: 
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.

Disposal:
These can be put in standard household recycling, or, as they are intended, kept with your notes on your gin purchase!

Reuse:
No reuse options suggested.

Chequered Wrapping

Made from:
FSC approved paper. Outer coating of wax not plastic.

Use: 
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.

Disposal:
These can be put in standard household recycling, compost bin, or the landfill. The paper will biodegrade naturally because it has a waxed finish.

Reuse:
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.

TAPES

Kraft-Tape (Thin 19mm)

Made from:
FSC approved paper. Rubber based adhesive.

Use: 
We use this as wrapping tape for gifts and our mix and match boxes.

Disposal:
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)

Made from:
FSC approved paper. Natural Acrylic Adhesive

Use: 
We use this for securing all boxes that we ship to our customers. 

Disposal:
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. 

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