Shared Earth UK Ltd
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.
Sustainability Role in overall company's strategic plansIt's key to our business. We have pushed the 'eco' agenda since we started in 1986Sustainability initiativesIn 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 yearcontinuing encouragement to other business in the UK and globally through WFTO to tackle climate change; and development of ever more recycled and sustainable productsSustainable Productsrecycled silk clothinga designer collection designed to appeal to the mass market rather than the 'hippy' type customer most patchwork clothing has appealed to in the pastrecycled glass terrariumsmade from hand-blown glass and discarded teak root, each product is individual, a great eco range from a small workshop in Balibird houses made from banana fibrePart of a collection of bird houses, also made with rice straw, hogla grass, coconut fibre, palm leaf, recycled plastic, recycled sari and other sustainable materialsAT THE FAIRNEW TO THE FAIRSocial equity at your companyWe 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 2021Certified sustainable products by third partyCERTIFIEDCertified bysome products are guaranteed, eg Organic Goodness range of incense, oils, candles, bodycare. Most are not.PackagingOur packaging is plastic freeOur packaging is compostableOur packaging is made with recycled contentWe are in the process of making our packaging plastic freeWe are in the process of making our packaging compostablewe 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.MaterialsWe have products made from recycled materialsOur products are made from upcycled materialsOur products are plastic freeWe have created products that provide an alternative to single use plasticWe have products made from sustainability sourced raw materialsrecycled 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 shampoosEthical ConsiderationsFair wages are paid to the people who make our productsOur products are made by people employed in good working conditionsWe have mapped our entire supply chainWe challenge our suppliers to report any ethical issues they identifyWe have an ethical policyWithin the workplace where our products are made there is commitment to Non-Discrimination Gender Equality and Freedom of AssociationOtherWe 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 ImpactOur products are created to help consumers try and reduce their carbon footprintWe have a sustainability policyWe consider the environmental impact when creating our productsSome of the processes we use to manufacture products are energy efficientSome of the processes we use to manufacture products are water efficientOtherWe 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