General: Esme both aims and claims to be a green business. We sell products which are designed to be relatively environmentally friendly, and we strive in the running of our business to minimize our adverse environmental impact, to increase awareness of environmental issues and to encourage active care for the environment.
We recognize that no business can be completely green and that, as a small independent business, our actions are guided as much by common sense and good intentions as by adherance to specific regulations or submission to environmental audit. However, this is not an argument for complacency, and as our business develops and grows, so there is a growing requirement to monitor and review our practices and their environmental impact, and to consider measures to improve environmental performance.
We welcome dialogue with our customers, our suppliers and relevant third parties on the issues covered in this policy.
Energy (non-transport): We are conscious of the need to minimize the consumption of energy for heating, lighting, computing and printing. We are influenced in the sourcing of our energy by the environmental policies of the suppliers.
Transportation: We seek to minimize our transportation resource requirements by combining all our deliveries, pick-ups and other business trips into the minimum number of excursions per week, where possible just one. We make our closest-range deliveries on foot or by bicycle and aim to expand the potential for non-motorized delivery. We adopt practices to minimize the impact of our motorized deliveries, for example by delivering to shared, non-residential addresses, and by encouraging customers to receive deliveries on behalf of others.
Waste and Recycling: We aim to recycle as much of our own waste as possible, whilst being mindful of the need to avoid generating waste in the first place. We also seek to help customers recycle items of household waste not included in local authority collections.
Suppliers: As conviction-driven sellers of environmentally friendly products, we will favour suppliers who share our belief in the need to act responsibly in relation to the environment. However, we do not exclude the possibility of sourcing a 'green' product from an 'ungreen' supplier where believe that there are good reasons (other than purely commercial ones) for selling the product rather than not.
Office Management and Stationery: We aim to avoid unnecessary printing and other forms of paper wastage, and to maximize the use of recycled and sustainably sourced material in our stationery and marketing materials and other office supplies. All cleaning agents used must be biodegradable. Where a choice is open to us, we aim to favour environmentally friendly printing and other production processes.
Packaging (secondary): We aim to avoid over-packaging and to ensure that all our disposable packaging is both recycled and recyclable, where applicable, or made from biodegradable materials. We practice and promote the reuse of packaging materials.
Packaging (primary): Packaging whch can be seen as part of the product presents ethical dilemmas for an environmentally conscious retail business. We do not consider it feasible at present to boycott all products whose packaging is not readily recyclable, though we aim to reduce over time the proportion of our product portfolio for which this is the case. Whilst manufacturers have a responsibility to use environmentally resonsible packaging, there needs to be an improvement in the scope of recycling services to recover polymers which are currently sent to landfill.
Storage Facilities and Equipment: We seek to maximize the use of sustainable materials in our storage and sales equipment and fittings. In particular, we seek to minimize the use of plastics. We aim to purchase from suppliers who demonstrate a serious concern with environmental issues and sustainability.
Business Support Services: We make efforts to source our financial, insurance and technical support products and services from companies with a proven record of environmental awareness and progressive activities resulting from this awareness.
Effective Partnerships: We seek to be aware of, and involved in, appropriate community-based and collective business initiatives to combat climate change and environmental destruction and injustice.