You may have seen our previous blog on recycling and the environment, where we talked about which greetings cards could and could not be recycled.
Many large retailers have now banned the sale of glitter greetings cards and wrapping paper in a bid to reduce negative environmental impact. These include M&S, John Lewis, Waitrose and Morrisons.
'Morrisons and Waitrose ditch glitter for Christmas’ was the headline of a sizeable news story from the BBC recently, which championed the sustainable progress Morrisons, Asda, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Boots have all made on their respective Christmas offering, with Christmas cards, wrappings and crackers coming in for some special praise for their plastic reduction (source). They have also moved to make other Christmas products like crackers sustainable by offering them in recyclable packaging and removing plastic toys from inside.
Tesco, The Works, Paperchase and more have also considerably reduced their plastic packaging, with some removing glitter from cards and offering non-embellished single cards without plastic wrap. Multi-packs of Christmas cards now come in a cardboard box instead of the usual cardboard back and hard plastic cover.
Most cards are paper based and can be recycled, along with their envelopes, either in your home recycling collection, at local recycling points such as household waste, recycling centers or at banks in supermarket car parks etc. At Admiral we don't supply cards with embellishments, but if your card has any extras such as ribbons, glitter or bows, these cannot be recycled and need to be removed by tearing off that part of the card.
Due to the make-up of wrapping paper and the amount of sticky tape and embellishments that cause problems at recycling plants, some local authorities do not accept wrapping paper for recycling. Do the scrunch test! If your local authority does collect wrapping paper for recycling, only non-foil paper will be accepted. To check, scrunch up the paper and if it doesn't spring back it is non-foil and can be recycled. Read more about recycling wrapping paper here.
We should do our best this Christmas, and also going forward, to help reduce our impact on the environment.
Here at Admiral Cards, we recognise that as a manufacturing company, we have an effect on the environment. We strive to improve and reduce this impression, particularly in the area of sourcing. Wherever possible, packaging used is either recycled, biodegradable, compostable or a combination of these qualities. All of our production waste is sorted and the vast majority then recycled.