At Loxleys we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our environmental print performance. Our accreditations and environmental policy demonstrate that all who work at Loxleys are committed to the care of the environment and to the prevention of pollution. Loxleys4Life is a project that is concerned with protecting the environment, not just for today but for life. As such, we have recently undertaken an environmental audit, whereby we have evaluated each element of our process. Listed below are the actions we are implementing in order to reduce the environmental impact of a greeting card.
We are pleased to announce that after recent successful trials using bio-degradable flitter, we are now able to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional flitter. This is especially relevant with regard to recent concerns raised within the media about the environmental impact of glitter.
Whilst at present our foil is aluminium based and therefore cannot be recycled in isolation, all our greeting cards with foil finishes can be recycled, as the overall percentage of foil coverage on the greeting card are low enough to allow them to be recycled with general board and paper waste. We are currently investigating the possibility of a 100% bio-degradable alternative to help reduce our impact on the environment.
All foil waste currently produced at Loxleys is sent to a specialist waste management company and is used for producing energy.
All board purchased at Loxleys is FSC certified. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is part of an international organisation bringing together forest owners, timber processors, and wood product manufacturers and users to ensure long term timber supplies while protecting the environment.
All our cellobags used for packing cards are recyclable, we are also currently running trials on fully compostable cellobags that are fully bio-degradable. We anticipate that this alternative will be available to our customers within the next two months.
The water based glue used for inserting tip-ins into cards is 100% bio-degradable. We are currently investigating the viability of 100% recyclable and bio-degradable adhesive solutions for the future.
We are pleased to confirm after contacting our box and carton suppliers during our environmental audit, all of our current suppliers provide us with recyclable boxes with over half stating their materials are fully bio-degradable. We are actively promoting that our customers have these recycling credentials on their boxes.
The paper used by our label suppliers is all FSC certified and bio-degradable, we are currently working in partnership with our suppliers to find a bio-degradable and more environmentally friendly adhesives that are traditionally used on these products.
To find out more about our environmental credentials you can download both our environmental policy and our monthly newsletter from our environmental page.