Rockett St George Eco Policy
At Rockett St George our mission is to source sustainable and eco-friendly products, additional packaging and materials wherever possible to minimise our impact on the environment. This applies to both our housekeeping (general running of our business and offices) and in the process of sourcing, designing and producing our own products and the additional materials we use to dispatch parcels to our customers. As well as complying with all relevant regulatory requirements, we work continuously to improve and monitor and reduce our impact on the environment. We have incorporated environmental factors into our core business decision-making and continue to improve and increase employee awareness and training.
We are developing more of our own brand designs to give us better control over the use of more sustainable and eco-friendly materials, as well as improving manufacturing and production methods that are available to us. Approximately 10% of our total online collection is currently made up of our own brand items which include Furniture, Lighting, Accessories, Wallpaper, Paint, and Rugs. We aim to double this figure by 2021 with the view of achieving at least 50-60% own-brand items in the next 5 years.
By setting ourselves this goal we are able to make better business decisions with regards to our products and empower our customer with the ability to make greener choices when purchasing unique homeware. In addition, for our curated collections, there will be a focus on sourcing new and exciting British designers, artists, and manufacturers and are committed to sourcing items that are made from eco-friendly materials wherever possible.
Our definition of ‘Eco-Friendly’ products
The products included in our Eco-Friendly Edit can be recycled, reused or re-purposed, or are bio-degradable or made of recycled, reclaimed, or naturally, renewable materials, are ethically made or are sourced from a local source (see product information for details).
Our definition of ‘Vegan-Friendly’ Products
Products included in our Vegan-Friendly Edit are not made from animal-derived materials and do not include the use of animal cruelty in its processes.
In our Sussex headquarters, we have switched our energy provider to renewable electricity company Ecotricity; The world’s first green electricity company. “Switching to green energy is the biggest single thing – and the easiest thing – that any business or person can do to cut their emissions that cause air pollution and climate change.” - Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder.
We have recently fitted our offices with light sensors which switch on/off as you enter and leave the room to help reduce electricity waste. For other areas, we promote switching off lights when not in use and shutting down computers and electrical devices at the end of each working day.
Heating is adjusted with energy consumption in mind. Our policy on energy saving is promoted throughout the company and to all of our employees during their induction training. All employees have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of our policy are met.
In 2019 we brought back the milkman to deliver our dairy and dairy-free milk. It’s a small change but it has had a big impact on the amount of packaging we consume. The glass milk bottles are collected each week and re-filled for future local deliveries.
We provide recycling bins throughout the building in both working and social areas and actively encourage our employees to recycle, reuse and avoid unnecessary use of water and electricity whenever possible.
Broken products that are not suitable for re-sale in our outlet shop are placed in a skip which is collected by Biffa. The contents of the skip is then taken to a transfer station which sorts the commodities for onward recycling. The general waste is shredded & baled for Refused Derived Recycling which produces energy from waste. You can read more information on this process via the Biffa website.
We aim to use zero non-recyclable or non-bio-degradable plastic in our packaging by 2021 and improve the packaging that our suppliers use to send products to our warehousing. This year we are proud to have sourced an eco-friendly alternative to bubble wrap to use as additional packaging for all outgoing parcels from our Sussex Warehouse. You can read more about the materials we use to package your orders below as well as the efforts we have made this year.
- Paper Tape
- Made with 100% brown recyclable paper
- A rubber-based adhesive which is fully biodegradable and compostable
- Paper sourced in the EU, manufactured in the UK
- It is acid-free and suitable for picture framing use
- We use paper stickers which are printed locally using eco-friendly toners.
- Opus Air is the only air cushion packaging system designed to operate specifically with biodegradable and recycled films. The Opus Bio biodegradable cushions can be reused & recycled in the appropriate waste stream, or bio-degraded through composting. Opus Bio uses a special additive that causes the film to completely break down, as measured by ASTM D6954-04, & completely biodegrades in 12-24 months when in the presence of moisture, micro-organisms and oxygen, leaving no toxic or heavy metal residues.
Ranpak Paper Void Packaging
- We have replaced bubble wrap with paper void packaging to fill the spaces within customer parcels. This helps avoid items moving around in the box and being damaged while in transit with the courier.
- The packaging is 100% recyclable, renewable and biodegradable. 50% of Ranpak paper packaging consists of either entirely or partially recycled content.
- This solution also helps to reduce packing time as well as saving on materials.
Digital Hand-Held Scanners
- We have significantly reduced our paper consumption by investing in digital handheld scanners for our warehouse staff to pick all customer orders.
Printing & Paper Use
- We minimise the use of paper in the office whenever possible and purchase recycled and recyclable paper products only. We reuse and recycle all paper where possible.
We work with a preferred list of like-minded suppliers and are continually updating our supplier list to find new companies who share our vision of using more sustainable eco-friendly materials and production methods to will help us to achieve our goal. As part of our Supplier compliance, we send our suppliers and manufacturers a questionnaire to ensure transparency on products supplied. This helps us to not only categorise our products more efficiently but also to provide our customers with clear information.
Transportation of goods
In gaining a better understanding of the impact that production and transportation processes have on the environment, we are committed to monitoring and working continuously to find ways of reducing our carbon footprint and improve our environmental performance. The majority of our own brand items are currently manufactured in India using handmade techniques in fully audited and approved factories.
For our international manufacturers, we utilise cargo shipping to transport our goods to the UK. This is currently the eco-friendliest option for international transportation (over road or train). There is, however, still work to do in order to improve the efficiency of this method which we monitor continuously.
All of the couriers we use to deliver customer parcels are taking steps to improve their carbon footprint. You can find out more by visiting their websites:
- UPS https://www.ups.com/gb/en/SearchResults.page?q=eco&index=1
- DPD https://www.dpd.co.uk/content/about_dpd/csr.jsp
- We use a private third-party courier to deliver our Large & Fragile Items whose vehicles all qualify to enter low emission zones.