Products, packaging and practices that are good for the planet

Good for people, good for the community, good for the planet. That’s the values we align with and we love working with brands who hold those same values close.

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day this year is climate action.

Let’s celebrate some Unstoppable eCommerce brands who are doing their bit to help the planet on Earth Day – and every day – via their product, packaging and practices.

Brands who are doing good for the planet:

Munchkin and Bear provide reusable coffee cups and water bottles for their team, they are in the process of getting solar panels quoted for their office and have a range of sustainable practices in place with their manufacturers.

Bellelis is helping cut cloth waste, by extending time that baby’s bodysuits can be used. They also use recycled and compostable packaging to help reduce the footprint the company is leaving behind.

The Vale Eco Packs sells gift packs to encourage the swap to plastic-free, reusable and compostable items that we use every day.

Object Union sells products that are all handmade and ethically sourced from artisans from around the world. Their products are mostly natural materials and most of their cushions are made from vintage tribal textiles. They encourage consumers to select timeless pieces that are intended to be kept forever, rather than following trends.

Love Linen is part of the battle against fast fashion. They use sustainably sourced European linen which has minimal impact on the planet. Their clothing is made in Australia and accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia to ensure we value and support our local makers with fair wages and working conditions. The quality and sustainable life of the garment is also supported in this way. They also only make a few to have a more sustainable approach – quality over quantity and to reduce waste as much as possible.

KitMaii sells reusable, eco-friendly products to help customers use less single-use products and plastic in their daily lives. All items are strong, durable and high quality and will last a long time. They also use compostable mailers and no tape in wrapping our orders so customers can reuse the paper and twine again too.

Natural Approach manufacturer safe, non-toxic, 100% natural deodorant balm that is hand-poured into reusable and recyclable tins. They also post in recyclable packaging to reduce waste to landfill. Many of our ingredients are certified organic, ethically sourced and indirectly support communities in developing countries.

Meraki Mai Apothecary‘s products are packaged in glass, they use 100% carbon neutral shipping and Greenwrap rather than bubble wrap. They also choose tissue paper that is compostable and printed with soy ink and they say no to microplastics in their facial exfoliator. 

Jessie from X Pole (you may have seen JLo on one of their poles at the Super Bowl Halftime Show) shared:

“Our international head office was going to introduce foam inners for all our tens of thousands of sets sold all over the world. So we joined the Australian packaging covenant & told them we couldn’t take foam or non-recyclables. I also forwarded on loads of info regarding corporate responsibility in EU regs regarding large companies being required to recycle packaging. We now have cardboard ‘eggs’ style moulded cardboard on all X-POLE products, in US, EU, UK as well as here. The thought of being responsible for container loads of polystyrene just terrified me!” — We just love this!

Gifts4all uses Compostable Hero packaging and considers all packaging when wrapping and sending a parcel.

 Christine from The Outdoor Table says: 

“I save every scrap of bubble, tissue, cardboard etc that I can and reuse it to package my orders. In my 4 years of business, I’m proud to say that I’ve never had to buy any packaging materials.”

Small things make a big difference

We hope this has given you some inspiration to look at the impact your product, packaging and practices are impacting our planet.

Please comment and share how your online store is doing good for the planet.

Written by Megan Winter

Megan is an award-winning marketer and has worked with some of the fastest-growing eCommerce brands in the world.

Megan loves helping ethically-produced, heart-centred, soul-driven online store owners to make more income and achieve more impact. 

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About Karyn Parkinson

Karyn (“with a Y!”) is an eCommerce marketing specialist with a knack for high-converting Facebook ad funnels and website optimisation. Through her eCommerce marketing agency and on-the-pulse training programs, Karyn’s helped hundreds of eCommerce store owners across the globe boost profits, generate more revenue, and achieve an ad-spend ROI of their dreams.