Sustainability Policy

Last reviewed on 1st May 2020

Next review on or before 1st May 2021

Mission Statement

A Little Bird Company recognise that we have a responsibility towards the environment and sustainability that goes beyond legal and regulatory requirements. Our approach to sustainability is at the heart of every decision we make for our business and everything we do. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points. We will encourage clients, suppliers and other stakeholders to put sustainability and concern for the environment at the heart of their decision making.  

Policy Aims

We seek to:

  • Comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
  • Continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
  • Continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
  • Incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
  • Raise industry standards and awareness when it comes to sustainability.

 

Packaging

  • We only use completely compostable packaging for our bird food. Everything we package our food in can be composted in 10 weeks in your household compost bin. We don’t supply packaging that requires recycling or industrial composting methods.
  • We use food grade heavy duty paper flour bags sourced from a sustainably powdered and minded company. The flour bags are protected from water damage in bags made from a potato starch compound. We trialled a range of compostable and recyclable pouches for our bird food and as professional as the finish was, we were aware of the amount of energy put into the recycling of these bags. We turned to a more simple solution to minimise our waste and environmental impact.
  • Our cardboard boxes are sourced as surplus stock. They are unused boxes that have been manufactured for businesses who don’t require them. We researched various used box supplier but due to the weight of the products we send out decided that unused boxes were more practical. All of our boxes are designed to carry heavy goods.
  • The products we source for our online store (including bird feeders) come in the manufacturer’s packaging – we have selected manufacturers with sustainability policies in line with our own.
  • We use as little packaging as possible – any packing materials are made from recycled products and can be composted.
  • All of our labels are printed on recycled paper using water based inks and non-toxic adhesive.
  • Our Monthly Titbits card and invoices are printed on recycled paper and card.
  • Every item we send can be composted in your household compost bins. 

 

Education

At the heart of our business is a concern for the welfare of birds and wildlife. We seek to educate our clients and users of our website in the following ways:

  • Promoting waste-free food blends for wild birds. We disagree on a fundamental level with the production of wild bird food blends that contain seeds and bulking agents which will go uneaten by garden birds. Our seed blends are designed to be consumed without waste.
  • Through our website, blog, social media and the information we send out to clients, we seek to encourage clients to:
    • Regularly feed their garden birds and other wildlife, keeping feeders clean to avoid the spread of disease.
    • Make their gardens more hospitable to wildlife through planting and landscaping design.
    • Learn more about local birds and wildlife to increase investment in the local environment.
    • Choose plastic-free and sustainably sourced products from responsible suppliers for their home and garden.
    • Make gardening choices with wildlife and the environment in mind, including avoiding the use of pesticides and weed killers.
    • Provide food and habitats for wildlife other than wild birds, including pollinating and other insects and hedgehogs.
    • Support local and national wildlife charities financially and through volunteering.
    • Understand the links between time spent in nature and personal well-being.

 

Suppliers

  • We take time and care to select manufacturers and wholesalers who have Environmental Policies in line with our own.
  • Any products we sell will be plastic-free or constructed using second-life recycled plastics.
  • Due to the subscription model nature of our business, we seek to reduce waste by only ordering and storing stock that has been pre-ordered by customers, reducing waste and the need for storage.

 

Charities

  • We donate money from every bag sold to our chosen wildlife charities to support birds, pollinators, wildlife and green spaces.

 

Paper Use

  • We have a paper-free workplace as much as possible.
  • All of our documents and policies are stored on protected servers.
  • We use recycled paper, card and labels where needed.

 

Energy and Water

  • We will seek to reduce the amount of energy used as much as possible.
  • Lights and electrical equipment will be switched off when not in use.
  • Heating will be adjusted with energy consumption in mind.
  • The energy consumption and efficiency of new products will be taken into account when purchasing.

 

Transportation

  • We will reduce the need to travel, restricting to necessity trips only.
  • We will promote the use of travel alternatives such as e-mail or video/phone conferencing.
  • Our delivery schedule will be planned to reduce our carbon footprint.

 

Maintenance and cleaning

  • Cleaning materials used will be as environmentally friendly as possible (while maintaining statutory guidelines).
  • Materials used in warehouse refurbishment will be as environmentally friendly as possible.
  • We will only use licensed and appropriate organisations to dispose of waste.

 

Monitoring and improvement

  • We will comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
  • We will continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
  • We will continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
  • We will incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
  • We will increase employee awareness through training.
  • We will review this policy and any related business issues at our monthly management meetings.
  • We will ensure staff employed by us receive regular training to ensure they act inline with our Environmental Policy.

 

Written by Clare Foskett on behalf of A Little Bird Company