We're committed to playing our part in reducing global warming. Acting responsibly without compromising on quality is an ongoing goal for us, aiming to use sustainable materials where we can whilst complying with industry standards.
We source our packaging from a company who have planted a staggering 29,000 trees over the last 2 years in their 61 acre plot of land in Bordeaux. They use an ecologically sound and maintainable scheme to help shrink their carbon footprint.
The forest is constantly monitored and managed to ensure maximum carbon/CO2 capture as an ongoing initiative with a percentage of WBC profit invested each year in conservation and planting.
Whilst compliance is not yet 100%, we can guarantee that none of our suppliers use forced or child labour and that work conditions comply with international standards. In all cases, accident and social welfare insurance is paid by our suppliers to the government to cover their workers.
All the timber used in the course of Connolly's gifts has been sourced with the least possible damage to the natural environment. Importantly, no tropical hardwoods are used in any of our products. Wooden products from European suppliers use timber from verifiable sources that meet the minimum standards of good forest management. Wooden products from China are made from raw materials sourced locally or from Russia. Our supplier has worked very closely with two factories in China for a number of years and has seen real improvements.
Wherever possible, Connolly's uses recycled material or material with a high recycled content. However there are minimum quality standards that we expect of our products and where recycled material would compromise this, we would use virgin board. Virgin board contains no recycled material, it is however, 100% recyclable.
Our polystyrene/polythene products do not contain any CFC's and the production process has no more of an effect on the environment than a printed cardboard product. Polystyrene can be reused, recycled or incinerated very efficiently. Whilst these products do not biodegrade, modern landfill sites are not designed to 'biodegrade' as this process could release harmful gases or liquids into the environment. We are evaluating whether we can use more recycled content in the production of our polystyrene products and will introduce the maximum we can over the short term.
All of our wicker products come from China and are made from steamed willow. Willow is a sustainable plant that is grown and cropped bi-annually. The cultivation of willow and the basic production of wicker products is organised by villages located within the willow growing areas. The production of willow related products is the villager's main source of income. The villages all work in co-operation with a larger central finishing factory which they supply with their part finished wicker products. The factory is responsible for taking orders, organising production in the villages and then assembling/finishing the goods before packing into containers. Traditionally, our darker willow products have been finished using a stain/varnish to achieve the colour. Whilst the stain/varnish is perfectly safe, we feel the product has a very natural feel and we have found a way of achieving the dark colour by boiling the willow for five hours and then sealing with a water based sealant.