Sustainability At Goodhood
Goodhood Company Statement
At Goodhood, we believe climate change is the most pressing concern the world faces. As such, we are building our company ideals around reducing our carbon footprint and the amount of waste we produce Our sustainable mission: To Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.
This year, we’re introducing new mail and carrier bags. Our mail bags will be resealable, which means single-use is out the window - these storage bags can be used over and over again, meaning people can keep them for a lifetime.
As a business we recycle whenever possible and have stopped using plastic bottles in our communal areas, opting for refillable glass bottles instead. Our energy provider is Bulb - they provide us with 100% renewable energy and their gas is 100% carbon neutral. We use First Mile across all areas of the business for recycling and bulky cardboard disposal, we also use them for waste removal at our warehouse. We use DPD to deliver all our online orders, they are committed to making every parcel they send carbon neutral.
While it’s impossible to do everything, small changes over a long period create change, which is why we're constantly looking for ways to rethink and reuse, building a better environment step by step.
Reducing Your Waste
Waste reduction - the act of reducing or eliminating harmful wastes, promoting a more conscious environment. We can make a change by gradually cutting down on our food and plastic misuse - foods sent to landfills release toxic greenhouse gases, resulting in climate change and global warming. It’s hard to avoid one-time-use plastic packaging, but they are ways to reduce our consumption. Replace them with sustainable, reusable products, free from BPA - an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics and resins. Choose recyclable and reusable options for food: such as Rosti Mepal’s lunchboxes, a better option than buying non-recyclable containers. When food waste goes to landfill, it decomposes, creating methane, which is 23x more deadly than carbon dioxide.
Baggu create reusable bags for more than just the supermarket. They’re made from 40% recycled materials and ethically produced.
Klean Kanteen bottles are made to last a lifetime. All are handmade and are free from all BPA’s and other harmful toxins.
Puebco re-purpose vintage materials with a distinct utilitarian feel. The majority of their materials are old army surplus, making them hard-wearing and high quality.
W&P Design do BPA free lunchboxes that focus on durability and a design that will last for years.
On The Go
"Replace single-use plastic for more durable, reusable containers; take them to selected grocery stores to transport and house your fresh goods."
Going Chemical Free
To keep up with a global movement towards a more sustainable environment, chemical-free options are becoming more accessible. More and more brands are going paraben, phthalates and sulfate free - but what exactly do these chemicals do? Despite their sole purposes being to improve shelf life (parabens), create bubbly lather you see in most shampoos (sodium laurel sulfate) and make plastics in cosmetics such as nail polish more flexible (phthalates), they are incredibly harsh to our bodies. They are not only drying and irritating, but these chemicals can also end up in our ocean, causing irreparable damage to wildlife and coral reefs. When looking for your next cosmetic and beauty products, opt for chemical free options to be kinder to your body and planet. Fat and the Moon are a great example of a natural cosmetics brand, with a wide range of products from herbal deodorant to dry shampoo and tooth polish. Not only that, but their packaging is also recyclable and reusable.
London based brand Blasta Henriet create organic, 100% natural untreated linen eye masks and wheat bags. All their packaging is recyclable.
Wary Myers soaps are made from a 100% vegetable base with absolutely no nasty chemicals, animal testing or detergents involved. Also, their packaging is 100% recyclable.
Doers don’t use any harsh chemicals in their cosmetics, just organic oils and extracts and natural ingredients.
Fat and The Moon use only natural ingredients, made in small batches in Grass Valley, California. Their packaging is widely recycled, being made from aluminium and glass.
In The Bathroom
"Use natural, chemical free products, introducing one product at a time, allowing your skin to adapt naturally. Avoid deodorants containing parabens and phthalates, which release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Opt for natural creams housed in recyclable containers."
Lowering Your Carbon Footprint
Every action we make - whether it be walking, driving or cycling - releases greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the environment. The more you release, the bigger your footprint and the contribution towards global warming. Reading a book, brushing your teeth, even eating an apple leaves a behind a carbon footprint, as everything has to manufactured and transported to you. It’s virtually impossible to live a carbon-free life, but you can reduce it. Purchase locally produced or handmade goods, with smaller scale production values. This kind of production process uses less energy, resulting in a lower carbon footprint, releasing fewer fossil fuels into the atmosphere. Tala produce LED lamps that are 10x more efficient and last 15x longer than ordinary bulbs. Plus they plant 10 trees for every 200 units sold.
Liam Owen focuses on creating limited, hand-crafted items in small batches in his London Studio.
Tala LED bulbs last 15 times longer than an average bulb, with a 30,000 hour lifespan. They’re also 10 times more efficient. For every 200 units sold they plant 10 trees.
Haeckels only use organic and 100% natural ingredients that are hand-harvested in Margate. They never test on animals and their packaging is recyclable and reusable.
Jim Green Pottery is a home-run ceramics business, hand crafting all pots in a small studio in Brixton.
In The Home
"LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting, using less energy, which reduces the demand from power plants and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. Modern brands like Tala save energy without compromising your interior aesthetic."
Be More Material Conscious
Due to it’s heavy reliance on synthetic, non-biodegradable fibres, fast fashion has become the second biggest polluter, after the oil industry. Polyester has double the carbon footprint of cotton, using millions of barrels of oil a year; while non-organic cotton is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world - pesticides contaminate water and harm wildlife. Natural materials such as linen, hemp and organic cotton are biodegradable, making them more sustainable as they can be grown and harvested repeatedly. Make your clothes last longer by buying quality-focused pieces that wash well and are built to last. An expensive piece that lasts multiple seasons is a conscious investment, rather than multiple lower-priced pieces, which may suffer from a lack in quality.
Satta only use organic cotton for their t-shirts, making them extremely soft and better for the environment. Organic cotton uses 71% less water and no pesticides It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 2% less energy than conventional cotton.
WigWam socks are made from 100% natural materials and each pair come with a lifetime guarantee!
Baserange only use materials that are organic, natural or raw. They’re also dyed without use of toxic components.
Wood Wood focuses their entire jersey range around 100% organic cotton. Just look for their classic double A logo to spot the organic stuff.
Mara Hoffman use responsibly sourced organic, recycled and regenerated materials whenever possible, including hemp, linen and organic cotton.
In The Wardrobe
"Create a capsule wardrobe: donate the pieces you’ve outgrown and keep the items you love. It cuts down on clutter and helps you define your personal style."
So where does the future of sustainability lie? Mostly with us, taking individual sustainable steps; rethinking our daily habits. At the end of 2018, the UN Climate Change panel warned that we have just 12 years to limit a climate change catastrophe. A scary thought, but find comfort in the fact that each positive movement takes us closer to maintaining a solid ecological balance.