Although we’re primarily a digital business rather than a manufacturer or retailer of products, we still take packaging very seriously: there are plenty of secondary functions and activities where our choices can make a difference.
As designers and editors
Designing and editing forms the bulk of our work, and in this we serve proofs and final artwork electronically by default. On the very rare occasions where hard copy is required, we reuse cardboard mailing cartons received with incoming deliveries from suppliers such as Amazon. We trust the recipient to reuse or recycle that carton as appropriate thereafter.
As print brokers
We expect our printers to use packaging that is most appropriate for the safe delivery of finished goods to the client.
- For courier and palletised deliveries this is cardboard cartons which can be reused or recycled as appropriate thereafter. Nonetheless, we will work with our printers to monitor the levels of virgin material in these cartons, and to explore options with a higher proportion of recycled materials.
- For business cards, which can be damaged in transit if bundled in elastic bands and packed in cartons, small boxes are preferable as these also provide utility to the client for subsequent storage and presentation. Currently our printers use plastic boxes but, although they potentially have a life after delivery, we will explore alternative options for future orders.
- For general admin, we only buy envelopes without windows, and avoid self-seal flaps with peal-off plastic cover strips.
- Incoming packaging is reused where possible as detailed above, or otherwise sorted, separated and recycled using local facilities. We avoid suppliers who we perceive use excess or unnecessarily large packaging.
- We try to minimise the use of sellotape and plastic parcel tape, and will explore non-plastic options in the future.
Our legacy mail order business, BBR Distribution, is inactive and in the process of being wound down. For the occasional order that we may still receive in the meantime, we either reuse cardboard mailing cartons received with incoming deliveries, or padded envelopes still remaining from when the business was active. At the end of the winding-up process any packaging bought new but still unused (such as poster tubes, padded envelopes, and larger cardboard cartons for courier and palletised deliveries) will either be sold or donated to someone who has a use for them, or recycled using local facilities.
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