Plastic packaging tax and the environmental impact of online shopping

On 1st April 2022, the UK government introduced a tax on plastic packaging. This initiative highlights the growing concern about plastic waste and its environmental impact.

While the focus is on encouraging recycled plastic use, online shopping itself generates a significant amount of packaging overall. From suppliers to customers, each stage can involve unnecessary plastic wrapping, cardboard boxes, and other materials. This can all end up in landfills, pollute our oceans, or take hundreds of years to decompose.

At Green Tulip, we're passionate about eco-friendly living, and that extends to everything we do – including how we package and deliver your orders! We understand this responsibility and focus on minimising waste at every stage.

Here's How We Keep Things Green:

  • Minimising Waste: We work closely with our suppliers to reduce unnecessary packaging and avoid single-use plastics.
  • Unpackaged Goodness: We're growing our collection of products that don't require any packaging at all!
  • Repurpose and Reuse: Whenever possible, we reuse the boxes we receive from suppliers for your orders. It's a win-win!
  • Sustainable Solutions: When new packaging is needed, we choose eco-friendly options like sustainably sourced cardboard boxes, corrugated cardboard, or paper envelopes.
  • Secure and Eco-Friendly Padding: We use sustainably sourced paper to keep your goodies safe during their journey. This prevents damage and wasted products.
  • Paperless Invoices: Ditching the paper trail! We'll email your invoice instead of including a printed copy.
  • Brown Paper Power: We seal our boxes with recyclable brown paper tape. The natural adhesive is biodegradable and compostable – so no need to remove it before recycling or composting the box!
  • One Stop Shop: Unlike some online marketplaces, you won't receive multiple parcels from different locations. We stock everything in our warehouse and send your order out in a single parcel.

Let's Do Our Part Together!

When your Green Tulip order arrives, you can dispose of the packaging responsibly in a few ways:

  • Repurpose it! Cardboard boxes and paper padding can have a second life. Get creative!
  • Compost it! Some of our packaging materials can be home composted - we make it clear on every product description.
  • Recycle it! Please recycle everything that can't be reused or composted.

We're all in this together. By making informed choices and supporting businesses committed to sustainability, we can make a positive impact on our environment. Let's continue to grow and explore eco-friendly ways to shop together!