Is the packaging my order is sent in sustainable?

Being kind to environment is important to us, so where possible we use reuse packaging which we or friends and family have received goods in. This means that although your order may not be the most instragramable, it is great for the environment. Where we do not have any suitable packaging to reuse then we will use a 100% compostable mailer or a cardboard box made from recycled materials.

Our boxes are sealed with vegetable gum paper tape which can be recycled or composted as the vegetable gum is soluble in water.

Our tissue paper is sourced from a company which values sustainability, allowing us to bring beauty to our packages without harming the environment. The tissue paper is completely acid free and FSC Certified, and is printed using soy based inks. We have kept our print minimal and without branding in the hope that you will take the opportunity to reuse the tissue paper before recycling or composting.

Fragile items are wrapped in a cardboard ‘bubble wrap’ made locally upcycled from used cardboard boxes and sealed with our vegetable gum tap.

Our stickers are manufactured locally and are also made of paper however due to the sticky backing these are not recyclable or compostable. We are working to find an alternative to this and will keep you posted once we have resolved this issue.

We ask that you consider the packaging which arrives to you from us and other purchases you make and dispose of it responsibly, whether it be through reusing, recycling or composting.

Is the product packaging sustainable?

We sell most of our products in glass jars or reusable aluminium tins with a paper label, and send refills in a paper bag to minimise waste. If you live in Wellington CBD then we also offer refills directly into your jar. If you would like this then please chose local pick up and note direct to jar refill in the notes section of the checkout.

Our toothbrushes and beeswax wraps are packaged in recycled cardboard, stamped with soy based ink and all of our other items are free from packaging.

Are the parcels sent to The Minimal Co. packaged sustainably?

Where possible we purchase our goods and materials from local suppliers so that we can pick them up using our own bags and boxes, meaning no extra packaging is required. For items we can not source locally we work with our vendors to ensure that our packages are sent plastic free. Although this is the ideal there are still times when small pieces of plastic sneak through (mostly plastic bottle lids and plastic packing tape) and in these cases we ensure that this is disposed of to the best of our ability.