Sustainability

Since 2014:

  • We have taken over 5,801,718 single use plastic bags out of circulation*
  • Reduced over 60,000 plastic sponges going to landfill and no more microplastic particles going down the plug hole when doing the dishes**
  • Repurposed the equivalent of 2 full 4msq skips into our ENCORE bags.

Our vision is to develop sustainable business practices in all our products and manufacturing processes that will benefit future generations through creating a better, safer and healthier world.

We embrace the concept of sustainability in our strategies towards product development, manufacturing and business practices. To minimise any negative impact on a local and global scale within those communities, and on environmental factors.

    Each product has it’s own sustainable pathway in relation to minimising it’s footprint. We utilise local production and support when possible. Wider sourced manufacturing when proven to have a reduced impact overall based on scale, efficiency and superior operational systems.

    For example, our ENCORE Tote Bags are manufactured locally in Nelson from offcuts and waste collected from across 5 local businesses. Material located in business skips and also now collected from the premises under agreement is repurposed and given a new lease of life. This reduces the impact on local landfill and the business cost on skips. Straps are collected through the 3R Group under the baby car seat recycling scheme which has also seen a tremendous reduction in the number of seats being thrown out.



    Where do you think the environment is?

    Yup, it is everywhere, everything and effects us all. So, every decision and product we make is broken down into steps and assessed from the original idea to making to shipping.

    We repurpose offcuts, straps, pallets, reuse boxes, card, recycle paper, thread, packaging and more.

    Our minimal packaging is recyclable or mostly compostable. Tape, boxes, stickers and any padding (old cut box ends) can be popped into your compost or paper recycling bin. We proudly have no additional packaging on our products and they are NOT individually wrapped.

    SPRUCE are made from 100% plant based, natural and renewable materials: 100% biodegradable material – cellulose (from FSC-marked forest) and cotton. The trees are certified sustainable under international management environment standard ISO 14001. Once the cloth reaches the end of its service life, it makes its way to the compost, where it decomposes in 6–8 weeks.

    Lose it if you don't reuse it.



     
     * Based on once a week use of Goodie Bags sold
    ** Based on SPRUCE lasting a minimum of 6 months heavy use