Environment and sustainability

In an era of climate emergency, sustainability isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a hugely important part of Cotswold Poster Co. Here’s how we put it at the heart of what we do:

Sustainable and recycled paper

All of our greetings cards (and business cards) are printed on 100% recycled card, with 50% recycled envelopes, which are also produced carbon-neutrally.

Our posters come from a printer that is a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certified business. FSC provides a credible between responsible production and consumption of forest products. They also send zero waste to landfill – instead recycling into their products.

Plastic-free packaging

We use recycled and unbleached paper and cardboard for all of our packaging, that includes plastic-free packing tape. We don’t users any stickers either, preferring a re-usable stamp to brand all boxes and envelopes. It was a struggle to find poster tubes that didn’t have plastic caps until we discovered Toblerone-style triangular boxes instead!

For protection on stalls and in shops, individual greetings cards and A4 prints are wrapped in clear bags. These bags are made in the UK from film that has been accredited ‘OK biobased’ and DIN EN 13432. They are made from annually renewable PLA derived from corn or similar starches (such as potato or sugar) and are fully biodegradable and compostable, breaking down either in home or commercial composting or landfill.

Supporting wildlife

Rather than just being reactive and taking (paper) from the world around us, we want to positively support the natural world too. One of the best things we can do is enable the environment fight for us – particularly adding more plants and trees to absorb CO2, clean our air, prevent flooding, and supply homes for more wildlife.

Whilst supporting rainforests like the Amazon is hugely important and gets lots of coverage, we shouldn’t forget the power of starting locally. For that reason 2% of all Cotswold Poster Co income (not just profits!) are donated to the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts and their work to restore and increase the natural landscapes around us.