Shared Earth UK Ltd

Stand: 4C41

Shared Earth is a leading wholesaler and distributor / supplier of ethical products. We carry the widest selection of sustainable and recycled products in the UK, sourced from countries all around the globe. Our performance is regularly audited by WFTO (the World Fair Trade Organisation). We would love you to join us in our mission to tackle the climate crisis and create a fairer, more sustainable world.


North Yorkshire
United Kingdom


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  • Sustainability Role in overall company's strategic plans
    It's key to our business. We have pushed the 'eco' agenda since we started in 1986
    Sustainability initiatives
    In Jan 22 we spent £4k to build a river barrier in Bali to stop plastic flowing into the sea - 1st year, over 3 tonnes of plastic collected. The waste is collected, sorted and analysed with the worst offenders being written to encourage them to use more sustainable packaging.
    Pledges for the year
    continuing encouragement to other business in the UK and globally through WFTO to tackle climate change; and development of ever more recycled and sustainable products
    Sustainable Products
    recycled silk clothing
    a designer collection designed to appeal to the mass market rather than the 'hippy' type customer most patchwork clothing has appealed to in the past
    recycled glass terrariums
    made from hand-blown glass and discarded teak root, each product is individual, a great eco range from a small workshop in Bali
    bird houses made from banana fibre
    Part of a collection of bird houses, also made with rice straw, hogla grass, coconut fibre, palm leaf, recycled plastic, recycled sari and other sustainable materials
    Social equity at your company
    We are 'Guaranteed Fair Trade' members of WFTO. Quite a few of our staff are from the LGBT community, we employ women in prison, and one of our suppliers, Yuli Sjahlendra from Bali, was appointed as a Director on our Board in 2021
    Certified sustainable products by third party

    Certified by
    some products are guaranteed, eg Organic Goodness range of incense, oils, candles, bodycare. Most are not.
    Our packaging is plastic free
    Our packaging is compostable
    Our packaging is made with recycled content
    We are in the process of making our packaging plastic free
    We are in the process of making our packaging compostable
    we have such a wide range of suppliers, in 20 different countries, that it's never possible to claim everything is perfect, but we have got to the stage where use of plastic is very rare. As many boxes as possible are recycled on outgoing orders, we use paper tape and shredded paper rather than bubble-wrap, no plastic strapping, polystyrene etc.
    We have products made from recycled materials
    Our products are made from upcycled materials
    Our products are plastic free
    We have created products that provide an alternative to single use plastic
    We have products made from sustainability sourced raw materials
    recycled cotton, denim, silk, leather, plastic (bags, rugs, clothing), metal, glass (mobiles, tableware), paper (frames, cards, xmas decs), computer board, bike chain (bottle holders, frames, homeware), fertiliser bags (planters, aprons), cement bags etc; rice husk cups, jute bags, solid shampoo, bamboo toothbrushes, hogla grass, hemp, seagrass, bamboo, water hyacinth, coconut, driftwood, soft woods, organic incense/bodycare, loofahs, sola, palm leaf. Bird and bee houses, home and garden ware of all kinds. 'No Way!ste' soaps, cleansing, detox bars and solid shampoos
    Ethical Considerations
    Fair wages are paid to the people who make our products
    Our products are made by people employed in good working conditions
    We have mapped our entire supply chain
    We challenge our suppliers to report any ethical issues they identify
    We have an ethical policy
    Within the workplace where our products are made there is commitment to Non-Discrimination Gender Equality and Freedom of Association
    We follow the Ten Principles of Fair Trade. In addition to the above, these include transparency and openness, no child labour, buying from disadvantaged artisans, building their capacity and promoting the aims of Fair Trade and protecting the environment to a wider audience.
    Enviromental Impact
    Our products are created to help consumers try and reduce their carbon footprint
    We have a sustainability policy
    We consider the environmental impact when creating our products
    Some of the processes we use to manufacture products are energy efficient
    Some of the processes we use to manufacture products are water efficient
    We are not quite carbon neutral but our main impact is shipping and we recently converted to biofuels through GoodShipping ensuring that our imports from India, Thailand etc are carbon-neutral. Most of our products are made in small workshops using minimal machinery, and local materials. We have reduced the use of cotton considerably, eg promoting bamboo socks; our jute bag supplier has saved millions of gallons of water by installing a rainwater harvesting system

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