Packaging, especially plastic, needs to be designed responsibly, where every decision taken ensures that we minimise our impact on the environment. Wherever possible, we try to create circular solutions, where our packaging avoids going into landfill.
Over the last four years, at Evergreen Garden Care we have revisited every single piece of product packaging in order to reduce as much plastic as possible while making sure the packaging is still safe and fit for purpose. It’s important to educate our consumers on how to dispose of packaging responsibly and we’re always exploring at more sustainable ways to store our products. The challenge is that plastic protects our products best - especially those stored in damp sheds!
One of our key goals is making sure our packaging is recycled. Clear on-pack recycling instructions are vital, so our labels now show what action gardeners should take to recycle responsibly. Most of our products produced in the last 3 years show a recycle label on pack and by 2023, all our products will have instructions.
If your pack doesn’t have the logo yet, visit the product page on our website and you will find the instructions for each product.
Sadly not everything can be recycled at home, especially soft plastics like sachets, and for those products we ask consumers to take their packaging to supermarkets. However compost bags, due to the dirt inside, cannot be recycled at supermarkets, so in the last year we launched a recycling scheme where shoppers can bring their compost bags back to be recycled.
There are always challenges when it comes to plastics, but we tackle these head-on, making changes and finding solutions. For example, some of our weedkiller packaging can’t be recycled so we are consulting with DEFRA to review the guidelines.
Using cardboard from sustainable forests
For many years we have been purchasing cardboard from sustainable forests from now on you will start to see the FSC or PEFC logos on packaging and on our website.
Increasing recycled material in packaging
90% of our products now contain at least 30% recycled material collected from consumers’ homes. To find out how much is in each product, look out for the following images found on every product page on our website.
How can you help reduce the impact of plastic packaging?
Ready to use products are quick and easy to use, however they increase the amount of plastic packaging. Although this packaging can be recycled, it’s better to choose products where the packaging lasts longer; a concentrated product can significantly reduce the amount of packaging you use.
For example, by picking up concentrated Miracle-Gro All Purpose Concentrated plant food instead of our Miracle-Gro Pour and Feed [hyperlink these products] you can reduce the number of bottles by 6. Or if you choose a soluble product this reduces plastic packaging by 20 bottles.
We are also encouraging the use of reuse and refill for our packaging. Last year we launched our new eco refill tube for our Miracle-Gro Nourish & Protect range. By reusing the sprayer and simply refilling with the tube, you are reducing the amount of plastic you use by 94%. Look out for the packs in store.
For some products we encourage reuse and refill, when perhaps you might have previously thrown away the container. For example, our Evergreen spreader is not just a one-use wonder it can be kept for many years by simply refilling it with our cardboard cartons. We now have the reuse and refill logo on pack to remind people to reuse where they can.