You've bought a pair of fantastic socks. How do we minimise the carbon footprint created by this sale? Will I need to be in as I don't want to miss my delivery? These are valid questions we thought about at Social Socks.
So how do they get to you? All our packages are delivered by Royal Mail. We thought about our delivery partner. According to a new report, in 2021, Royal Mail was named the most sustainable carrier in the UK.
Why does Royal Mail have the lowest reported carbon footprint per delivery? "Unique to Royal Mail, three-quarters of our parcel deliveries are made purely by foot or through a park and loop method, combining low mileage van movements and on-foot delivery. You could say our deliveries are powered by posties!" You can check out their sustainability page here.
When an order is placed on our website, a tree is planted through our partners at Ecologi. You can check our virtual forest to see how many trees have been planted, where they have been planted and how they are helping the planet—also, donations to our profile help towards carbon offsetting programmes. Again you can see what these are, where they are in the world and how its helping.
But we don't stop there. We chose to use envelopes to deliver our socks for a few reasons. Firstly these can be posted straight through your letterbox, meaning you'll never miss a delivery again. And importantly, you or Royal Mail will not need to attempt to redeliver/collect, which reduces any further carbon footprint that may have been created.
Lastly, a little bit of information about our envelopes, what are they made from? They are kraft envelopes made from FSC certified cardstock that’s biodegradable and recyclable. What do those terms mean?
FSC stands for Forest Stewardships Council. This is what they say FSC certified stands for: “ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits.” And with the envelopes, once you've unpacked your socks, you have two choices you can pop the envelope into a composter to allow it to decompose or recycle it through your local authority's chosen methods. If you are unsure what they are, you can use this handy website if you live in the UK.