As we develop our sustainability strategy, we want to keep you, our customers and followers updated on our progress.
We've come up with a number of markers to help us decide what we are looking for when selecting products and materials (see our sustainability policy for more details of these).
Sustainable Raw Ingredients
We do not use palm oil in our products or sell products containing palm. According to various sources, at the moment, some of the palm oil farms with RSPO certification are not working in line with anti-deforestation policies, and we will therefore refrain from using this product until we are absolutely certain things have improved. We only sell products containing EU harvested soy wax for the same reason.
Our goal is to offer a fully sustainable packaging policy. No plastic - nothing that can't be composted.
Despite glass being fully recyclable in the United Kingdom (unless it breaks, apparently), there is the environmental impact of the recycling process to consider, as well as the question as to whether or not it will actually be recycled.
We feel that we have to tread carefully with glass packaging, and have decided to use alternatives in our own brand candles and other products in the pipeline. We do however support a small number of Glasgow-based sustainable brands who do use glassware packaging - for which we offer a glass return service at our shop.
Promoting Circularity & Ethical Standards
In curating our homeware collections, we consider factors such as the raw materials used, the well-being of the maker, the impact of the processes used to create the product, and finally, how the product will end its life - considering how the material can be recycled or how long it will take to decompose.
We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions - drop us a line or connect with us on Instagram.
The Kelvin Apothecary Team