The only impact we want to make is a positive one on your day. We’re looking at every angle of our business to become as sustainable, ethical and environmentally responsible as possible.
From the way we make our products to the partners we work alongside, we know our choices matter. We hope that when you shop with us, you’ll feel good about the fact you’ve made a positive choice for the planet too!
A delivery from Whale & Bird should bring a smile to your face - and we know that plastic packaging is a great way to ruin the moment. Because of this, we’re actively phasing out cellophane wrapping for all cards sold through our website.
You’ll already find that the vast majority of our cards drop onto your doormat in their birthday suits, cellophane-free, but by the end of the year, we’ll make sure this is the case 100% of the time.
In the rare case that you do receive a plastic-wrapped card, rest assured that this is older stock. We won’t be replacing it, so feel free to pop it in the recycling (and pat yourself on the back for helping us move one step closer to being totally plastic free!)
If you’re a wholesaler purchasing our cards, you can ask us to package them in fully recyclable cello bags, or goeu natural and have them sent naked!
The packaging material we use to send out orders is also completely free of plastic - right down to the paper-based tape (bonus: also easier to find the end of!) We’ve switched to paper-based jiffy bags instead of the kind filled with plastic bubble wrap, and (although our warehouse sometimes uses different packaging) everything that Whale & Bird use for sending out orders is completely biodegradable.
Growing them in our garden, having lunch beneath them, occasionally retrieving our cats from them. We love trees. All of our paper-based products are made from either FSC Certified or 100% recycled card and paper. This means when you buy cards, envelopes, postcards or wrapping paper etc from us, you know it’s been made from either sustainably sourced or fully recycled materials. And of course, when you’ve finished enjoying them, they can all be recycled again.
We’re proud to report that almost everything sold by Whale & Bird is made right here in the UK. As well as supporting the local economy, this helps to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. We look to work with printers who are as passionate about the environment as we are; using sustainably sourced materials and recycling any waste made during the manufacturing and printing process.
As a business, we know that we also have a responsibility that goes beyond our physical products. Because of this, we bank with Starling who have an excellent reputation for responsible, transparent investment, environmentally friendly practises and a diverse board. You can learn more about what they’re doing to make banking a bit less icky here.
We think it’s important to put our money where our mouth is, by supporting charities we see doing important work. This year we started to donate a portion of sales from our Mary Joy Harris enamel pins to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We’ll be looking to support more environmentally conscious charities in the future, so if you have any recommendations, let us know!