Making the decision to produce eco-friendly merchandise is much easier said than done. With each step of the manufacturing process comes more things to consider. For example, whether the products have been manufactured ethically, used environmentally friendly materials or been packaged in ways to reduce waste.
There are numerous advantages to choosing environmentally friendly products for your charity merchandise. Reducing your carbon footprint and the negative impact your products have in every stage of production will increase your charity’s reputation and help to reinforce your core value of making positive change. Often, the merchandise supply chain is not as transparent as it may seem, which makes it harder to know exactly what impact your products have on the people and the manufacturing environments involved in the production process.
Fear not! Here at Rocket Charities, we want to make sure that taking the steps towards sustainable merchandise is as simple as possible. Read on to find out exactly what each keyword means so you know exactly what products you are buying…
Biodegradable – will completely break down to nothing.
Degradable – when it breaks down there will always be something left, it is never completely gone.
Recycled – made from something else, you are essentially giving a material from another product a second life.
Recyclable – the material can be taken and used in another product (For a better explanation on the difference between recycled and recyclable, check out our previous blog post which focuses on exactly this, here)
Organic – it is made naturally; it was produced without the use of artificial fertilisers and toxic chemicals.
Fairly traded – the trading partnership ensures the best trading conditions for those involved. For example, local sustainability and fair pay for workers in developing countries. ‘Fair Trade’ is an official certification that these practises are in place.
Compostable – is a form of biodegradable, it can be put straight into the compost when it is no longer needed.
Reusable – it can be used again and again; this is great to help reduce the use of single use plastics which are filling up landfills.
Sustainable – the product or materials used can be replenished, and continuous production can be maintained.
Eco-Friendly – something that is not damaging to the environment. Technically, anything that is reusable is eco-friendly.
Creating 100% eco-friendly merchandise will not happen overnight. Start off by making small changes and you will be taking steps in the right direction. Get in touch with us today for advice on ways you can improve your merchandise range or change your ordering and packaging choice habits to make them more environmentally friendly!
Check out our brand-new Eco-Friendly Products section on our website here!