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Environmental Policy


Environmental Policy

At Shavetools.com, we care about the planet and the impact we have on it. That is why, as an ethical business we have developed a four part strategy for minimizing our impact on the Earth. It is made up of reusing what we can, responsible packaging, sustainable business practices, and ethical product choices. We're always looking for new ways to be even better, of course, but here is what we are currently doing.

Reusing What We Can

At Shavetools.com, we believe in reusing what we are able to.  We receive a large amount of boxes and packing materials from our various suppliers around the world, and we try and save any boxes and cushioning ( foam, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, etc) that are suitable for re-use, something we hope you'll consider doing with any packages that you receive from us, as well. 

What that means for you is that, from time to time you might receive an order from us packed in a lightly used box, and it might have tape or packing materials that aren't bio-degradable. We feel that re-using boxes and packing materials is the most responsible choice we can make, but if, for any reason, you prefer that your order not include any re-used boxes or packing materials, just make a note of it on your order and we'll make every effort to ensure that your order is packed entirely with our usual responsible packaging.


Responsible Packaging


At Shavetools.com, we believe that a big part of doing our part for the planet includes using ecologically responsible packing materials, which is why our new packing materials are 100% recyclable, and, most are also recycled, biodegradable, from sustainable sources, and compostable.

When we use bubble mailers, they are recyclable, biodegradable, made from recycled materials, or a combination of the above.

Our non-bubble mailers are recyclable and made from  50% recycled resin.

Our boxes are 100% recyclable/compostable/biodegradable. The vast majority of our boxes also have a high percentage of recycled materials, are from SFI certified sources, or both. Many also carry cradle to cradle certification.

The majority of the tape on our boxes is 100% recyclable Kraft paper with a vegetable based adhesive.

Our most common "void fill" is crumpled 100% recycled/recyclable Kraft paper

We have never bought a single packing peanut, and have no plans to.  On the rare occasion that we use peanuts, they were obtained from shipments sent to us, and even then the vast majority are bio-degradable corn starch based ones, rather than polystyrene!

Instead of the usual bubble wrap, we generally use ecologically friendly paper based cushioning that is 100% recyclable/biodegradable/compostable, or, on occasion, we use biodegradable or recycled bubble wrap.

 

Sustainable Business Practices



Recycling: As a small internet retailer, we naturally have a very low environmental footprint already, of course, and we strive to minimize that by recycling the shipping materials we receive from our suppliers

Low Paper Use: We won't waste your time and the Earth's resources sending you lots of unneeded advertisements, brochures, and multiple redundant paper copies of your order. Our correspondence and communication are sent electronically whenever possible.

Sustainable Hosting: We've transferred the majority of our data (and bandwidth load) to a green webhost whose datacenter is powered by renewable wind energy.

 

Ecologically Sensitive Product Choices

 

Wet Shaving is Good for The Earth: Traditional wet shaving is generally better for the environment than the aerosolized, chemical laden foams and disposable plastic razors and cartridges so common today, and the vast majority of associated products are vastly superior, as well. Put another way, if you are a wet shaver, you are already ahead of most people, and we think that's great.

Promoting alternatives to badger: Badger brushes are great for making lather, and have a long tradition, but as an endangered species, we feel that, as a socially responsible, ecologically conscious wet shaving company, it is our duty to provide (and focus on) options, such as animal-friendly horse hair brushes, vegan synthetic brushes, and sustainable boar hair brushes.
 

Easy identification of natural vegan, and animal-friendly products:  We strive to make it as easy as possible for you to identify Earth and animal friendly product choices.