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Plastic Free July – No Plastic Waste Here!

As we approach Plastic Free July, the conversation about plastic waste is everywhere. but how much are we actually doing? at Esperanza, sustainability is at the heart of what we do. An important part of that is being conscious of the waste we make and monitoring the new materials we use.

a zoomed in image shows rows of piled up white bin bags

Did you know?

Every piece of plastic you have ever used is most likely still here somewhere.

The fabric we use to create our gift bags is upcycled and taken from retired clothing, leftovers, and second-hand fabric. We save scrap fabric for use as stuffing meaning any plastic within them goes on to live further lives.

Our threads are mostly preloved, but new threads purchased are often made with recycled plastics. We then save offcuts and collect to use as stuffing alongside the fabric scrap.

Hands working on a sewing machine running through a gift bag.

Did you know?

Microplastics have been found at some of the deepest points across the ocean.

Often, a common use of plastics is within post and packaging. We ensure that our packaging materials are purchased from a plastic free supplier. As well as this, we reuse packaging where possible. We also have a large collection of used packaging which we collect from others to use again. We always include a note to let buyers know about reused packaging and ask them to use it again.

Reducing the impact of plastic on the planet isn’t just about the way we run our business.

When out and about walking our dog Tia, we will often collect litter from our beaches and woodlands. This is a really simple step that anybody can get involved with.  A large amount of the litter we find is plastic. From dog poo bags to leftovers from parties. Each piece of plastic removed from the environment could mean a life saved for an animal who lives there.

Did you know?

1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contain plastic.

an image of a beach on a grey wintery day. in the sand are track marks from a large fishing net being dragged from the shore by emma who is in a bright pink hat.

There is no realistic way to rid the world of all the plastic we have created. However, there are ways to manage some of the issues. Around the globe people are creating fantastic solutions like the Ocean Clean up.

From a more personal perspective however, making small swaps can make a huge difference. we love Earth Friendly Rockers rubbish inventory idea – recording what goes into your bin to make the right swaps. Our founder Abi shares eco tips and swaps on her socials. She also recommends brands who have done the hard work too create a sustainable product. You can also keep up with our social media to see what we are getting up to in our bid to be as eco-friendly as possible.

Did you know?

In the North Pacific there is a ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ which is like a vortex made of two large collections of debris including a lot of plastic.

We see a lot of pollution in our local area, and living near the sea, surrounded by nature we can see just how damaging it can be. Our local nature reserve has a section of water full of rubbish. Luckily the local people are passionate about reducing pollution too. There are often litter pics organised, we have litter collecting groups and even schemes for fishing nets and crabbing. Through the power of the people work is being done. Our favourite beach is litter free and encourages users to take their litter home.

under a turquoise ocean swim some beautiful colourful fish swimming with a plastic bag

But back to Esperanza, we are happily a sustainable business. No products we sell are made with new plastic. Any plastics included in our products is reused. We refuse to use suppliers who wrap in plastic and are always looking for an eco-friendly solution to everything we need. Behind the scenes we’re busy designing products which will provide plastic free solutions to many more areas of gifting which we can’t wait to share. But here is where we need you: support plastic free businesses so we can continue to thrive. Without your hard work, we can’t make the huge difference needed. Make your next gift wrap purchase plastic free, sustainable, and reusable.

Did you know?

The largest market for plastics today is packaging materials. That rubbish now accounts for nearly half of all plastic waste generated globally—most of it never gets recycled or incinerated.

So, what are you up to for Plastic Free July? Why not tag us in your activities on Instagram so we can share? Have you found an inspiring local project you feel we need to write about? Let us know!

Plastic Free July – No Plastic Waste Here!

As we approach Plastic Free July, the conversation about plastic waste is everywhere. but how much are we actually doing? at Esperanza, sustainability is at the heart of what we do. An important part of that is being conscious of the waste we make and monitoring the new materials we use.
a zoomed in image shows rows of piled up white bin bags

Did you know?

Every piece of plastic you have ever used is most likely still here somewhere.

The fabric we use to create our gift bags is upcycled and taken from retired clothing, leftovers, and second-hand fabric. We save scrap fabric for use as stuffing meaning any plastic within them goes on to live further lives.

Our threads are mostly preloved, but new threads purchased are often made with recycled plastics. We then save offcuts and collect to use as stuffing alongside the fabric scrap.

Hands working on a sewing machine running through a gift bag.

Did you know?

Microplastics have been found at some of the deepest points across the ocean.

Often, a common use of plastics is within post and packaging. We ensure that our packaging materials are purchased from a plastic free supplier. As well as this, we reuse packaging where possible. We also have a large collection of used packaging which we collect from others to use again. We always include a note to let buyers know about reused packaging and ask them to use it again.

Reducing the impact of plastic on the planet isn’t just about the way we run our business.

When out and about walking our dog Tia, we will often collect litter from our beaches and woodlands. This is a really simple step that anybody can get involved with.  A large amount of the litter we find is plastic. From dog poo bags to leftovers from parties. Each piece of plastic removed from the environment could mean a life saved for an animal who lives there.

Did you know?

1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contain plastic.

There is no realistic way to rid the world of all the plastic we have created. However, there are ways to manage some of the issues. Around the globe people are creating fantastic solutions like the Ocean Clean up.

Sitting on a log in the woods is a green gift pouch with wave trim at the bottom. Shadows of ferns frame the edges.

From a more personal perspective however, making small swaps can make a huge difference. we love Earth Friendly Rockers rubbish inventory idea – recording what goes into your bin to make the right swaps. Our founder Abi shares eco tips and swaps on her socials. She also recommends brands who have done the hard work too create a sustainable product. You can also keep up with our social media to see what we are getting up to in our bid to be as eco-friendly as possible.

Did you know?

In the North Pacific there is a ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ which is like a vortex made of two large collections of debris including a lot of plastic.

We see a lot of pollution in our local area, and living near the sea, surrounded by nature we can see just how damaging it can be. Our local nature reserve has a section of water full of rubbish. Luckily the local people are passionate about reducing pollution too. There are often litter pics organised, we have litter collecting groups and even schemes for fishing nets and crabbing. Through the power of the people work is being done. Our favourite beach is litter free and encourages users to take their litter home.

But back to Esperanza, we are happily a sustainable business. No products we sell are made with new plastic. Any plastics included in our products is reused. We refuse to use suppliers who wrap in plastic and are always looking for an eco-friendly solution to everything we need. Behind the scenes we’re busy designing products which will provide plastic free solutions to many more areas of gifting which we can’t wait to share. But here is where we need you: support plastic free businesses so we can continue to thrive. Without your hard work, we can’t make the huge difference needed. Make your next gift wrap purchase plastic free, sustainable, and reusable.

Did you know?

The largest market for plastics today is packaging materials. That rubbish now accounts for nearly half of all plastic waste generated globally—most of it never gets recycled or incinerated.

So, what are you up to for Plastic Free July? Why not tag us in your activities on Instagram so we can share? Have you found an inspiring local project you feel we need to write about? Let us know!

Rethink Regifting: Let Us Tell You More!

Rethink Regifting: Let Us Tell You More!

Make sure to plant a tree next time you buy gift wrap. Not a fan of digging? No problem, we plant a tree with every bag sold! Rethink Regifting with us!

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Nobody Is A Little Bit OCD

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