Living and working by the sea in Cornwall is a daily reminder to do better by our planet. Since we began, we’ve been very mindful of both the positive and negative impact that a business like ours can have on the planet and people around us.

Back in 2005, we were the first fashion company to get Soil Association certification and as we’ve grown, we’ve built a team headed up by Deap Khambay dedicated to understanding our impact and keeping us on track to achieve our sustainability goals.

We are working with environmental partners to measure our carbon footprint and are developing performance targets, focusing on CO2 emissions, water and waste. This has already helped us make improvements and will shape our plans over the next few years.

Here are some of the ways we’re making our business more environmentally sustainable.

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Reducing our waste

Every year, we have increased our use of sustainable and certified materials. Each department at Seasalt is represented in a company-wide group that is working together to reduce our waste.

Any product that can no longer be sold in shops or online is either sold at staff charity events or sent to our partners to be recycled.

Cardboard and plastic from our warehouse is collected by our recycling partners to be given a second life. There are also recycling points in our studios and offices, for everything from cans to crisp packets. The milk we use at our design studios is delivered by a local dairy in reusable glass bottles.

Reducing our plastic waste has been a major project and we removed 18 tonnes of single-use plastic from the business. A big part of this was achieved by swapping the plastic in our packaging for more environmentally friendly alternatives. We’ve replaced 17.5 tonnes of plastic mail bags, 7500 metres of bubble wrap and 103 miles of plastic packing tape per year, with paper mail bags, craft wrap and craft tape.

The paper carrier bags we use in our shops are fully recyclable and we also offer hand-printed Jute Shoppers as a reusable alternative.

To help our customers cut down on their single-use plastics, we offer water refills in all our shops and have installed fountains in newer shops.

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Our footprint

Our Footprint

We continually measure our carbon footprint. We have made many improvements in our direct operations and are now getting to grips with our impact across the supply chain.

In 2019, we worked with our direct suppliers to understand their environmental management systems, including emissions, water, waste and chemical performance. We are working closely with our suppliers to help them make improvements.

We will be sharing longer term commitments in our Sustainability Report later this year.

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Energy use

We use renewable energy across all our direct operations – from our Cornwall offices and distribution centre to our shops across the UK and Ireland.

Our shops have been fitted with LED lights, smart meters and light sensors.

We also keep all shop doors closed during the winter months, which helps to reduce energy use by up to 50% and each shop’s annual CO2 emissions by up to 10 tonnes.

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