We are a mail order fashion company and as a result we produce a large number of catalogs each year. We take care to ensure that our catalogs are produced utilising rigorous standards regarding the method of manufacture and materials used.
The main tenets behind our policy on paper and print are as follows;
- We only use paper that comes from certified, sustainable sources.
- The trees from which the paper is made are grown specifically for that purpose, so no virgin forest is ever used.
- The paper mills are certified as meeting high standards in all areas, and are committed to reducing environmental impact.
- The printers we use also meet high standards of excellence in terms of best management practices and applicable regulations.
We are committed to the use of cutting-edge materials, technology and processes at all stages of production.
- We never use rubber-based adhesives or ultra-violet laminated varnishes.
- We stopped enclosing the Wrap London catalogues in polythene in January 2010 and by doing so we have saved 21 tonnes of plastic.
- The paper and all materials used in the production of the catalog are 100% recyclable where facilities exist and the cardboard boxes that we use to post our products are made from 75% recycled materials and are again 100% recyclable themselves, where facilities exist.
Our suppliers are regularly audited to ensure the required standard of excellence is met and we continually look at ways we can reduce our impact on the environment. All of these claims are certified specifically as follows:
- The land which the paper mill owns and manages is third-party certified to multiple forest management standards. Independent third-party certification bodies evaluate forest management activities. Forest certification assures that the wood fiber comes from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is preserved and the harvesting of raw wood material is not more than can be restored by growth.
- Paper is produced using non-chlorinating bleaching methods, specifically - Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF), Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) and Total Chlorine Free (TCF), including oxidizing and reductive bleaching.
- The paper mill operates an environmental management system conforming to ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004.
- All suppliers used to produce the mail piece maintain environmental management systems which conform to applicable regulations. In addition they are required to have documented commitment to environmental performance and a baseline for environmental performance which identifies and ensures compliance with environmental legislation and develops environmental objectives, targets and programmes.
As a company we are always looking at ways we can reduce our negative affect on the environment and recycling is something we are very conscious of. In 2011 we recycled 8 tonnes of plastic and 113,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard all of which goes directly back into the production of useful every day items.