Environmentally Speaking - Flyte so Fancy Ltd
As a rural small manufacturing enterprise based in Dorset, we feel strongly that we have a local responsibility to be as environmentally friendly as possible and keep our environmental footprint as low as feasible. To this end, we have highlighted below the main practices we employ to do just that.
We currently (2021) employ 30 members of staff between the Workshop, Office, Warehouse and Shop, most of whom live in the nearby villages so usually walk or cycle to work thus reducing many car journeys. The furthest travelled is 12 miles.
Wherever possible we use local suppliers and transport company networks to further reduce the need for long journeys in large vehicles.
We are proud to be based here in North Dorset, on one site, with all taxes paid to support local services and that our employees will further inject their power into the local area.
To further minimise our transportation impact, we source our timber directly from Sweden to avoid the use of too many intermediary suppliers. We only use Timber from sustainable resources, and from FSC Certified Suppliers, so we know what timber stocks we use will be replaced.
We generate our own power for the workshop through an array of Solar Panels on its roof thus usually giving any excess power to the national grid. If we need any extra power at certain times of the year, we use a Renewable Energy Supplier (Good Energy).
We recycle most of our wood waste through our wood burner which produces heat for the workshop and warehouse areas. 90% of our waste is wood waste so this avoids unnecessary landfill.
The packaging for the Flyte so Fancy parcels you receive uses recycled and recyclable paper infill and cardboard boxes are often repurposed or recycled cardboard. Most of the plastics used in the products we sell, and occasionally in packaging, is recyclable in your normal waste.
What's in the box ?!?!
While every Flyte so Fancy order is different, almost all of them will contain a mixture of different packaging materials. Most of these will be fairly easy to dispose of with little to no confusion - nobody is going to be debating which bin to put the box into!
When it comes to plastic stuff, on the other hand, it isn't always so easy. You can check your local authority but they don't usually mention examples like the big red 8kg Stalosan tubs or chicken feed bags!
If in doubt, here is a handy guide about what to look for:
Paper & Cardboard Packaging
It goes without saying really - paper and cardboard are probably the easiest to dispose of in an eco-friendly way! Either straight in the weekly recycling or, for the keen gardeners out there, break it down into smaller pieces and add it to your compost bin.
However, please avoid doing this with heavily coloured paper. Most plain brown packaging such as feed bags and packaging materials should provide a good source of carbon for the garden.
Plastics: PET 1 Plastic Bottles
Plastic items are graded on a number scale in line with the type of plastic, and whether or not they are recyclable. Number 1 is Polyethylene, most commonly used in drinks bottles.
They are widely recycled and recyclable but, if in doubt and your local authority mentions plastic bottles or yoghurt pots, you're good to go.
We should also mention our Ovapack R-PET Plastic Egg Boxes which are both recycled and recyclable plastics - made from soft drinks bottles.
HDPE 2: Heavy Duty Plastic
High-Density Polyethylene, also widely recyclable.
Check whether your local authority mentions Shampoo/detergent bottles or Ice cream tubs to make sure you are covered.
This is the most commonly used form of plastic in our range of plastic packaged products, including Diatomaceous Earth Puffer, Flyte Mite Spray, the Natures Grub Apple Cider Vinegar plus many other tonics & tinctures.
LDPE 4: Plastic bags
Low-Density Polyethylene, most commonly used in stretchy plastic bags.
LDPE is also fully recyclable, but not in all areas - check with your local authority for mentions of things like bread bags, or squeezable bottles such as hand cream and toothpaste tubes.
PP 5: Polypropylene Plastics
Possibly the second most widely used plastic, Polypropylene is also fully recyclable, however always worth checking with your local depot!
Look out for mentions of things such as Take Away Containers, Ketchup Bottles and Plastic Straws.
The other three plastic types, numbers 3, 6 and 7*, are all non-recyclable plastics. These consist of PVC, Polystyrene, and 'other'. Thankfully, these types of plastics are few and far between at FSF HQ and, where possible, are being phased out in favour of biodegradable alternatives!
* In some areas, plastics that are graded 7 are now able to be recycled - as always, check with your local authority first.
©Flyte so Fancy Ltd 2021