In celebration of plastic-free July, Green Hip is excited to announce that we are switching to compostable packaging and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Orders sent by Sendle will now compostable packages. So, don’t forget to put your packages in your compost bins or if you don’t have one, give the wrappings to someone who does.
Sustainability is a core value for Green Hip, and we continue to research new ways to eliminate plastic from our supply chain. Our new compostable parcels help provide for customers who shop with a conscious approach, and also help us reduce our carbon footprint. So, when the opportunity to send our garments in compostable packages arose, we just couldn’t say no!
WHY COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING
Compostable goods and composting can be a hard concept to understand. A material that is compostable can naturally break down into the earth’s soil. Meaning the material will eventually break down to become compost and help nourish the soil. By switching to compost, Green Hip reduces the use of plastic in our supply chain. For a video on how to compost check out the Green Hip IGTV!
N.b This compostable packaging comes at no additional charge.
Currently, our garments are being delivered to the Green Hip warehouse in recycled plastic bags. Once unpacked and processed, the bags are then recycled back into the system via a local recycling depot. However, Green Hip is searching for ways to change the recycled plastic bags to compostable packaging in the near future.
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO SUSTAINABILITY
Green Hip practices eco-consciousness even deeper than the supply chain, looking at sustainability as a core business function. We ensure that office behaviours, protocols and daily habits can be as environmentally friendly as possible in order to best preserve our earth. By practicing sustainability holistically throughout daily business operations helps reduce our carbon footprint even farther.
Within our head office we use a three-bin system. One bin recycling papers and cardboard, the next collecting soft plastics and the last collecting rubbish. These bins are then recycled at the local depot accordingly. Additionally, we are fortunate to have two compost bins on-site that collect and decompose food scraps or compostable packaging. The compost is then used to fertilise and nourish the office gardens.
When doing business, it can be a struggle to minimise the use of paper. However, Green Hip ensures that paper usage is kept to a minimum with most documents being digitalised. Utilising online platforms to help keep track of admin, marketing and sales. Ink cartridges from the office printers, are however recycled at Officeworks.
Even Green Hip products are sustainably inclined. The durability of Green Hip garments aids in bettering our environment. With a higher quality garment, Green Hip workwear does not need to be replaced as often. This decreases the amount of times consumers throw away and replace garments, thus reducing the amount of goods going into land fill.
We aim to continually reduce our carbon footprint by ensuring that Green Hip help in the restoration of our natural landscape. From the very beginning, Green Hip pledged to plant a native grass, shrub or plant, with each Green Hip purchase. A pledge we still stand by today.
An event is held by the Green Hip team and our community each year to restore the natural landscape. In partnership with local land care groups, Green Hip has planted over 30,000 plants since 2010. The 2020 tree planting event will be announced in the coming months, with plans for the event to take place in the Otways, Victoria.
As the retail industry continues to grow, so does the opportunity for more sustainably inclined practices. Green Hip are thrilled with this opportunity and can’t wait to see what other eco-conscious practices we can implement in the near future. Be on the lookout for your new Sendle compostable parcels, and don’t forget to place the packaging into your compost bins. Or if you don’t have one, make sure to give it to someone who does!