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 are the three ways it is at the heart of business:
1. Supporting local 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 to 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 – especially when it comes to things like UK flood prevention. For that reason 2% of all Cotswold Poster Co income are donated to the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts (split equally) and their work to restore and increase the natural landscapes around the Cotswolds.
2. Sustainable and recycled paper
Our posters initially came from a printer who only use paper that comes from environmentally and responsibly managed forests. As of 2021 we've gone a step further and new posters are being printed on 100% recycled paper.
All of our greetings cards (and business cards) are printed on 100% recycled card and use recycled envelopes. All posters, cards, and calendars are printed in Britain.
3. Plastic-free packaging
We use as much recycled and unbleached paper/card as possible for all of our packaging, as well as plastic-free packing tape and biodegradable stickers.
For extra protection the prints (and greeting cards sent to shops) are wrapped in clear 'cellophane' bags. These bags are made in the UK from film that is made from corn or similar starches (such as potato or sugar). They are fully biodegradable and compostable, breaking down in home or commercial composting or landfill.
Here's a detailed rundown of the eco-friendly packaging we use.