Sustainability Policy

Right now, our planet is struggling and we need to do all we can to protect it. At The Path Less Wasteful, we are committed to doing what we can, to lower our environmental impact as our world could use a little help from us all right now. Being a sustainable store that helps our customers to reduce their plastic usage and have a more eco-friendly lifestyle is at the heart of what we stand for. Just stocking sustainable products isn’t enough, we work hard to ensure that the entire process from our suppliers, to us and on to you, our customers, is as environmentally friendly as possible.

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”

– Gaylord Nelson

Environmental Values:

Helping people move toward a more sustainable lifestyle will always be at the heart of The Path Less Wasteful. We are committed to doing what we can to lower our environmental impact, as a family and as a business, and continually work to improve. Here’s what we are doing already to be a more sustainable business:

  • We source our products from sustainable suppliers, choosing suppliers who have strong values regarding protecting the earth.
  • We supply products that encourage our customers to work towards a zero-waste lifestyle.
  • We challenge suppliers and wholesalers on the use of plastic packaging to help reduce its use.
  • Our electricity is from a supplier using 100% sustainable energy.
  • Recycle all of our waste where possible, if this is not possible we ensure that it is disposed of responsibly.

2 million tonnes of plastic packaging is used in the UK each year

This is why we work with our suppliers to receive our orders in reused or recyclable packaging that minimises plastic or uses biodegradable materials.

It’s also why our products are delivered to you in recycled and recyclable plastic-free packaging. You may receive any of the following as packaging:
-A reused box from either a personal or a shop delivery
-Recyclable or reused paper or card wrapping, or brown paper
-Compostable packing peanuts, reused from our supplier deliveries
-Shredded paper, reused from supplier deliveries
-Shredded cardboard boxes, reused from supplier deliveries
-Paper Kraft tape

Any new packing materials that we used are all plastic free and ecofriendly from sustainable suppliers. They will be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable, and of course you could always reuse some of them yourself, for packing, or children’s junk modelling and crafts.

We hope you won’t mind and please appreciate that the packing materials have had a life before they got to you, but they still have some life left so please reuse them yourself or recycle them appropriately- thank you for helping us help the planet 💚🌍

Animal Welfare Values:

The Path Less Wasteful is a 100% Vegan Company, here’s what we do to protect animals:

  • Never stock anything that contains or uses animal products or by-products in its production
  • Never buy from a supplier who to our knowledge tests on animals, all of our products are cruelty free.
  • We never have any animal products within our stock area, so you can be sure there will never be traces of animal products found.

How we are sustainable in our home & business:

  • Our family is Vegan, therefore we do not consume, wear or use any items that contain animal products. (Did you know that going Vegan is the largest personal change you can make with regards to your environmental impact?)
  • We make conscious decisions on purchasing, considering sustainability, product origins, materials, ethics, air miles, wastage and packaging when choosing items to buy personally or to stock in our shop.
  • We use electricity from a 100% renewable energy supplier to power our home and work area/stock storage.

We are committed to continuously work to improve our sustainability and environmental credentials. If you have any thoughts on how we could do this, please get in touch. Similarly, if you have any questions, just let us know, we would be happy to answer.