This summer we made a change toward a more environmentally friendly packaging solution. The old boxes we used were not ultimately the problem as they were also cardboard which can be recycled quite easily. However, it was thin cardboard which required substantial insulation – in our case polystyrene. Our new solution is a thicker corrugated cardboard which negates the need for additional insulation.
Polystyrene has been a necessary evil for quite a while at Springfield due to its excellent temperature retaining qualities, but it also happens to be one of the most difficult materials when it comes to recycling. Most councils in the UK do not currently have separate measures to recycle polystyrene. This is due to its value being measured ‘per pound’ which makes lightweight polystyrene a very unattractive material.
The reason that this is a concern for us and our customers is inherent with the nature of our business. People who order from Springfield demonstrate their beliefs in supporting a better quality of life for the animals. This works so closely with the environment – especially given that one of the top standards for Organic food in the UK is the Soil Association. This ensures that the best welfare for the animals starts with the environment they are in. We could just apply this in a small scale to the patch of land we own, but isn’t it time we all started being a bit more responsible?
Without making this sound like a political appeal for the hearts of voters but yet still echoing the words of Mahatma Gandhi – we must be the change we want to see in the world.
It would be easy to hold larger companies and brands accountable for some of the issues we’re seeing recently. Instead, we can take it as a great opportunity to set an example from below. By raising our standards as suppliers and purchasers, we’ll become expectant of environmental responsibility. This is a great thing. Currently we have to pay a premium for this kind of responsibility, but it’s becoming a lot more mainstream.
With all of this being said, this isn’t to promote Springfield as the example others should follow. We’re only just starting on this journey of change with hopefully more changes to come.