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Our growing range of eco products makes it easier for you to make informed choices that are better for you and the planet. And we're working hard to expand the range (we're aiming to treble it by 2023) and become greener in all aspects of our business – be it making use of recycled and recyclable materials where possible, reducing unnecessary packaging, and eliminating single-use plastic. We know there's a long way to go and more we can do, but with your help we'll build a better, more sustainable business for the good of everyone. You can explore our eco range on our website or in our stores.
We insist that any products we stock that contain wood or paper are from a sustainable source. For all of our Lakeland own-brand products we require that they come from FSC or PEFC sources.
All our catalogues and media inserts are printed on FSC certified paper, and our mail order packaging contains a high percentage of recycled content.
We are reviewing all our product packaging to ensure that a) we use less of it, and b) it contains a significant amount of recycled or sustainable content. And we encourage our third-party suppliers to do the same.
The production of palm oil has expanded rapidly over the last few decades, putting massive pressure on the environment in the form of deforestation and the destruction of habitats of already endangered species.
All of our suppliers of own-label products use palm oil that is sustainably sourced and RSPO certified. You can read more about RSPO here.
Rather than wasting precious resources, we have a scheme that allows some returned electrical items to be refurbished or used for parts. And if you buy a new electrical appliance from Lakeland, you can do your bit for the planet by recycling your old one through us for free. Visit recycleyourelectricals.org.uk for full details.
We need to ensure the sustainability of our business, and that includes considering the environmental impacts of our supply chain. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that any concerns with ingredients, goods or services are addressed promptly and a solution found.
We are signed up to The Plastics Pact – a trailblazing, collaborative initiative that aims to bring about a circular economy for plastics.
We've already started to move our own-brand plastic bottles to 100% recycled plastic eco versions (the first own-brand retailer to do so), with a minimum annual saving on virgin plastic of 6 metric tonnes. And just by swapping the little plastic hangers on the packaging of our Lakeland Blue Bakeware range to recyclable versions, we've saved the use of 3.89 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic – a small change that is already making a big difference.
As part of our membership of WRAP, we are committed to do the following by 2025:
We are members of OPRL (On Pack Recycling Label) https://www.oprl.org.uk and are updating to the new recycling symbols on all our own-brand packaging to make it easier for you to understand what can and can't be recycled. January 2023 is the deadline for completion, but we have previously achieved an 88% compliance score and are working through the rest of our range on a category-by-category basis right now.
We're trying to be greener in all aspects of our business from top to bottom. And talking of top, we have a 'living roof' of sedum at our Windermere head office, and rain water collection systems. We've also reduced our energy consumption by switching to LED lighting and using movement sensors and timers. We recycle the pallets, cardboard and plastics that arrive at our distribution centre, with the proceeds going to fund community schemes nationwide – we recently helped a school in Cambridge build a running track. And we even recycle old staff uniforms.
Each year, we take the first £20,000 we generate from our 5p carrier bag charge and donate it to The Woodland Trust, the UK's leading woodland conservation charity. In fact, we did this long before the carrier bag charge became compulsory and also made a 5p donation when a customer declined a bag. The Woodland Trust inspires people to enjoy the nature on their doorstep – and we couldn't agree with this idea more. Any remaining money from the fund goes to Cumbria community activity, to support communities across our company's home county. You can find out more about what we do in support of our local and national communities here.
If you'd like to know how you can do your bit too, take a look at our guide to recycling, which is full of handy hints and tips – https://blog.lakeland.co.uk/tips-for-recycling/.
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