We at Gardiner Family Apothecary are committed to promoting sustainable practices to reduce our environmental impact. We adhere to the following standards and practices to protect our ecosystems and support the best interests of the local and global environment.
SEDEX is an internationally recognised ethical standard and membership organisation that provides one of the world’s leading online platforms for companies to manage and improve working conditions in global supply chains. They help companies improve their responsible and sustainable business practices, and source responsibly.
ISO 14001 is a standard that details the requirements for an environmental management system. By using this standard as a guide, we have laid the foundations for continual improvement by reducing waste and reducing resource consumption within our organisation and by promoting environmental awareness among our people through training.
ECOCERT is an international, independent certification body that sets strict requirements for products and their manufacturing chain to guarantee ingredients are derived from renewable resources and products are manufactured using environmentally friendly processes.
We are progressing towards the vision of a 'circular economy', in which resources are re-used rather than going to landfill. We follow the four R's – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover energy, minimising the generation of waste and reducing its environmental impact through responsible disposal and recycling.
We're doing this by minimising single use packaging, particularly non-recyclable, single use plastic. So far, we have switched most of our pump packs to 100% recyclable materials. We have moved our Elave Sensitive Renew Range to new tubes made from aluminium, a 100% recyclable material which can be endlessly reprocessed and reformed without losing any of its quality. The cost of recycling aluminium is also low and the energy used is less, which in turn reduces the carbon footprint. Our redesigned smaller caps on these products use 80% less plastic.
We have also initiated a move towards offering larger pack sizes where possible, thus reducing our consumption of plastic and the carbon footprint of shipping our products.