OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES
Supporting the natural environment and helping wildlife are absolutely key parts of our mission.
Seeds of Hope Scotland was borne out of the Covid-19 pandemic. The crisis and lockdown have raised awareness about environmental issues, and offered us all the opportunity to change our behaviour, respect the environment and do things differently.
You can find out more about our environmental and wider ethical policies below.
And we're always working to improve further! If you have any questions or suggestions about our approach, please do get in touch.
Local suppliers and detailed origins
All our seeds come from a few, trusted UK suppliers. We're proudly based in Scotland, and whenever possible we source Scottish-grown seed with really detailed geographical origins.
This reduces transport miles (and carbon emissions) and also ensures resources go back into the local economy.
We focus mainly on providing wildflower seed species that are either native to Britain or long-naturalised, and that are really beneficial to pollinating insects and other wildlife.
We've worked hard to ensure that our postage and packaging materials don't contain any plastic at all.
100% plastic-free and foil-free seed packets
We use seed-proof, hand-filled glassine paper seed packets for all our wildflower seeds. Glassine paper is 100% plastic-free, fully recyclable and biodegradable. This approach means we can also avoid the foil-sealed sachets many seed companies use, which are sadly not able to be recycled.
100% plastic-free postage materials
When we package up your orders, we now use brown paper tape (instead of plastic parcel tape).
We use acid-free tissue paper (instead of the dreaded plastic bubble wrap).
The envelopes we provide to accompany our postcards are made of 100% recycled and recyclable kraft brown paper.
And when we need to package our postcards + seeds individually (for example, for display in shops) we use clear bio-based sleeves which are plastic-free and completely biodegradable.
Finally - if you find some 'packing peanuts' in your box that look like they're made from polystyrene - don't panic! They're actually made from GM-free starch, and are 100% biodegradable and compostable.
To minimise our environmental footprint, we do not automatically include paper receipts with customer orders (we do, of course, email a digital receipt whenever an order is placed).
If you're placing an order and would like a paper receipt, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure we include one. Thank you!