This is how we have removed the plastic from your hands | Minimalism Brand
In Minimalism we are part of the problem, we are aware, but in part, we are also the solution.
We are aware that every action has a consequence . Every time we have to do any task in the company, we look for ways to minimize the impact that it may have.
When we started the project we had in mind to make it as sustainable as possible.
We know that, in part, we are the problem: we manufacture, we leave a carbon footprint in our shipments, we sell a physical product ... Bearing this in mind, our objective is to position ourselves as the basic alternative to conscious and responsible consumption with the environment in the that we live together
One of the clearest problems that any company or brand has is the use of plastics in part of its processes . We also have this problem but, little by little, we have been solving it.
Once we manufacture our products, yes, we know that not all our products are 100% sustainable, we send them to our warehouse. We have several suppliers, some in China, others in Bangladesh and others in Portugal . In these shipments there are certain products that cannot, or at least still cannot, be shipped without plastic due to possible damage that may occur during transport. These plastics are collected from the warehouse and removed from the process before they reach the customer.
Why do we remove them before sending them to the client? because that way the client does not have to do it and we make sure that they are recycled.
That's in the "manufacturing" process, but what about shipping?
When talking to our carriers they told us that it was impossible to remove the plastic from the orders. Normally the carrier's sticker is attached to a plastic bag that the carrier pays for. Thus, many brands save packing and do not have to think too much about how the order arrives to the customer . To us this made no sense. What was the point of making the effort to recycle the plastic that came to us from the supplier if we then shipped the orders with plastic?
For this we began to look for alternatives to propose a viable option to the carrier where he could stick the sticker . For small orders we took a small paper bag , bread style and after many tests we realized that the breakages in the orders were minimal and that the shipment was still efficient and more sustainable. For larger orders we opt for recycled cardboard boxes. The cost of these packages ranges from 0.07 cents to 0.98 cents per unit . Cost that we assume without passing it on to the client or the carrier.
The objective was no longer to promote recycling, the objective was to generate as little waste as possible and prevent it from reaching the customer. The next objective will be to generate as little waste as possible, little by little ;)
Obviously we have a long way to go to be a 100% sustainable company , but at least we consider what to do every day in order to improve each of our processes.
And speaking of improvements, this is not the last thing we will do in Minimalism with plastics. Stay tuned, on Monday, September 30, we launch two new products, fully aligned with what we have in this post . As always we will launch it exclusively for subscribers for 24 hours, with a few surprises included.
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