Did you know in the year of 2017-2018, Australians produced over 4.4 million tonnes of packaging? Yep, 4.4 million tonnes, let that sink in! According to a study carried out by UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures, a staggering 1.9 million tonnes ended up in our landfill and waterways.
Most of your skincare products are recyclable, just look for the recycling symbol. Once you’ve emptied the product, give it a good clean and place them in your recycling bin. Whether you have dumped the plastic straws or use eco-friendly shopping bags for groceries, these small acts can make a difference!
As The Skin Alley only imports products from manufacturers and wholesalers, we have no control over packaging and the waste they produce. However, we endeavour to be kind to mother nature by eliminating all plastics. Our standard shipping boxes and void fillers are 100% recyclable so please be a part of the mission by removing all shipping labels and placing them into your recycling bin. Smaller orders will shipped by our new compostable satchel bags, which are 100% biodegradable and made from a combination of cornstarch, PLA (vegetable-based plastic material) and PBAT (composting co-polymer). What does this mean? Our mailing bags will break down back into earth between 90-180 days. To speed up this process you can cut the bags into smaller pieces and place them in your compost bins. Check whether your local council will allow the disposal of compostable packaging in green bins. Just remember to remove all shipping labels. We are also using a recyclable paper-based bubble wrap alternative to protect your goodies.
The Skin Alley has also taken several initiatives to lower our carbon foot print. We plan on achieving this by paying a premium surcharge on goods we provide to you through our freight partners. For instance, consolidation with our primary import partner DHL and partaking in their GoGreen carbon neutral program.This service helps us combat climate change by offsetting emissions resulted from the transportation of goods. The Skin Alley is getting behind their mission of zero emissions by 2050. Some approaches include reducing local air pollution by implementing cleaner pick-up and delivery solutions on first and last mile services. Incorporating Green Solutions into sales to develop greener customer supply chains. Certifying numerous employees to specialise and participate in environmental activities such as joint partnerships in planting one million trees each year.
All deliveries to you are carbon neutral thanks to the extensive efforts of Australia Post. They purchase carbon offset credits and reduce emissions in their operations to match the environmental impacts resulting from every parcel that they deliver.
We will continue to find ways and do our part to be kind to mother nature and grow sustainably. We hope you can be a part of this mission and help us make a small difference.
Let us help you love your skin, but most importantly love this Earth!