As you probably know by now, we take the impact we have on the environment seriously. We are dedicated to lower our carbon footprint as much as we can and for this reason, we have taken considerable measures to ensure we are more sustainable as a business. In the past years, not only our products have become more sustainable but the production process in our eco factory and the delivery process as well. Together, it’s possible to save our planet by being kind to our environment. Read along to find out what measures we have taken to become zero waste.
What is zero waste?
According to the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), the definition of zero waste is as follows:
“Zero waste: The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health."
Our current economy functions largely in a way where we take resources from the earth and then get rid of them in a giant hole in the ground, a landfill, completely ruining our environment. The main goal of zero waste is to move to a circular economy where we write rubbish out of existence.
Collaboratively, we aim to send no waste to a landfill. At The Fine Bedding Company, we reduce the resources and materials we need, reuse as much as we can, recycle them where possible and compost what we cannot.
Why is it important to be zero waste?
You might wonder why it is so important to become zero waste. Take one look at our oceans and you will know enough. With fast fashion, plastic bags being distributed at every store and many packages traveling halfway around the world, we pollute the ocean in many different, shocking ways. Our oceans suffer most from this and according to statistics, 100 million marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone. It’s needless to say that something has to change. And it has to change quickly.
Therefore, we are dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of our oceans for the environment and how you can become more sustainable yourself. Avoid fast fashion, use tote bags instead of plastic bags, choose sustainable brands and most importantly: recycle as much as you can.
What have we done to become zero waste
We can proudly say that we have achieved zero waste in 2017. For the past four years, we have been extremely successful in managing our waste streams. To achieve zero waste, we looked at our waste streams, including paper, metal, fibres, everything. In our eco factory, all possible materials are recycled or reused. We are conscious about the materials we use. If we order salads to our factory, we ensure that there are no plastic forks delivered with that, but instead we’ll use eco-friendly alternatives.
Besides that, we have a paperless factory, meaning that we don’t print paper. In many factories, orders get printed out and with a big business, you can imagine how much paper would go to waste every single day. For this reason, we have chosen to go paperless and do everything through iPads. We reduce paper waste and speed up the production process as well!
Our sustainable bedding uses eco-friendly materials, such as duvet and pillow fillings that are created with recycled plastic bottles. Even our packaging is either reusable or recyclable which greatly reduces the waste. We are currently in the process of becoming B-corp certified, which shows how dedicated we are to be the most sustainable possible. If you’re interested in reading about our efforts towards B-corp certification, you can read more about it in our blog.