Easterkins and Sustainability
Easterkins Ltd is a handmade and personalised clothing and gift business based in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales.
It’s extremely important that as a small business, we consider the impact the business has on the environment and what can be done to reduce this.
When the business started in November 2019, the plan had always been to focus on being as environmentally aware as possible. Thankfully the studio is well insulated, fitted with led lighting and we have solar panels to help with power consumption. Our machines are all set up to conserve energy and we do what we can to ensure that power isn’t wasted.
Unfortunately, there are some parts of our supply chain that aren’t as environmentally friendly as we would like such as fabric shipping. However, the factories that produce our materials meet environmental and social guidelines to allow them to certify as OEKO-TEX Standard 100 or Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Easterkins is always keen to improve and we are investigating fabric printers closer to home, which we will keep our customers up to date with.
Meanwhile on the packaging front Easterkins is continuing to work on improving our packaging, whilst we’d love our packaging to look amazing, this often comes at a cost to the planet with unnecessary single use items. As such we use cardboard boxes or brown mailing bags which are plastic free and can be reused with a fantastic 2nd seal included! We will always try to use the smallest packaging item available for your product to further reduce unnecessary waste. All products are packaged in an environmentally friendly compostable garment bag, further reducing the need for plastic. Our postage labels are printed with a thermal printer reducing the need for ink.
Easterkins’ local delivery option is something we are keen to grow, currently parcels are delivered either to the local post office or to local addresses in a hybrid vehicle to enable us to reduce the carbon footprint of the delivery of each order. Ideally as infrastructure improves, Easterkins would like to investigate the possibility of a fully electric vehicle.
Due to the importance of protecting our beautiful planet we’ve teamed up with CarbonClick, a New Zealand company making it easy for people and businesses to help fight climate change.
CarbonClick looks like a green button at checkout. When you click it, a small contribution is added to your basket which purchases carbon offsets. These offsets reduce the environmental impact of the carbon emissions related to the purchase. CarbonClick’s offsets fund forest restoration, tree planting, and renewable energy projects around the world. We’re proud to be part of the fight against climate change.
We’ll be making our own contributions, and changing our practices to reduce our carbon footprint. We hope you’ll join us in creating a sustainable future, by choosing to CarbonClick with your purchase.