Eco Friendly Ethos

Our Ethos

At Eco Earth Market we are proud to only sell products that abide by our Eco Friendly Ethos. We carefully select the products and brands we provide to ensure they have the least impact on our environment as possible.

The majority of our branded products are locally sourced within the UK and Europe. A very small selection of our partner products are sourced further a field in Asia and provide vital income to developing economies. This means that together, we can all work towards our very own Eco Earth!

You will never see products made with single use plastics at our Marketplace. Our goal is to bring you the ethical goodies you love whilst always thinking from an ecological perspective. We have created our Eco Friendly Ethos so you can shop with complete ease and transparency, allowing you to make a fully informed decision on your next eco shop!

Our Packaging

Eco Earth Market and any other Branded Products

All Eco Earth Market and other branded products are packaged by hand in the UK using 100% recycled kraft card. We ensure these deliveries to you are plastic free by using our signature paper tape and reused wrapping paper. If required, we will also use our biodegradable cornstarch peanuts. This eco friendly technique ensures your goodies are protected during delivery and means that your packaging can be either recycled, reused or home composted. We always reuse the packaging sent from our suppliers and any other packaging available at the Eco Earth Market HQ. This means that sometimes you will receive boxes with residual plastic tape, but rest assured this is reused plastic and not produced by us!

Partner Products

Although the majority of our products are packaged here in the UK, we also stock a small number of partner products which are delivered to you straight from the supplier. This process allows us to bypass the middle-retailer and send you products straight from the source, further minimising our carbon footprint. We carefully select our partner suppliers to ensure they adhere to our Eco Friendly Ethos, although sometimes they do not always get this right. It is possible that you receive plastic packaging when ordering a partner product. On the odd occasion that this happens, rest assured that the packaging will always be 100% recyclable.

The symbols of our Ethos

To make your eco friendly shopping experience as transparent as possible, we have introduced a series of symbols that you will see displayed on each product listing and/or packaging. These symbols will inform you of a products eco credentials.

Widely Recycled

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is widely recycled within the UK. If required, each individual product description will use this symbol and inform you if the product and/or its packaging is widely recycled.

Category 5 Recyclable

This symbol means the product and/or its packaging is made of PP plastic (polypropylene). It's gradually becoming more accepted by recyclers. PP can be recycled through some curbside programs and is usually recycled into battery cables, brooms, brushes, auto battery cases, ice scrapers, landscape borders, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, trays. If required, each individual product desciption will use this symbol and inform you if the product and/or its packaging is a category 5 PP recyclable.

Sustainable Source

This symbol means that the product materials and/or its packaging is from a sustainable source and/or has a sustainable use. If required, each individual product description will use this symbol and inform you if the product, its materials, and/or its packaging is from a sustainable source and/or has a sustainable use.

Vegan

This symbol means that the product is completely plant-based, free from any animal produce, and is 100% vegan. If required, each individual product description will inform you if the product and/or its packaging is vegan.

Home Compostable

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is suitable for home composting. If required, each individual product description will inform you if a product and/or its packaging is suitable for home composting. This symbol was first introduced in Belgium and is quickly becoming the most widely used symbol for home compostable goods.

Plastic-Free

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is completely plastic free. If required, each individual product description will inform you if a product and/or its packaging is 100% plastic free. Most of our products are plastic free anyway but we thought it would be best practice to use a symbol for this too.

Biodegradable

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is biodegradable. If required, each individual product description will inform you if a product and/or its packaging is 100% biodegradable. Biodegradable has a slightly different meaning to compostable. Compostable products usually must fully decompose within 6 months. Whereas this symbol indicates that the materials can be broken down and returned to nature, but it usually takes longer than compostable items, sometimes up to two years.

BPA Free

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is BPA free. If required, each individual product description will inform you if a product and/or its packaging is BPA free. BPA stands for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain and prostate gland of foetuses, infants and children. It can also affect children's behaviour. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure.

SLS Free

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is SLS free. If required, each individual product description will inform you if a product and/or its packaging is SLS free. SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. SLS strips the skin of its natural oils which causes dry skin, irritation and allergic reactions. It can also be very irritating to the eyes. Inflammatory skin reactions include itchy skin and scalp, eczema and dermatitis.

Industrially Compostable

The Seedling logo is a registered trademark owned by European Bioplastics. It proves that a product is certified industrially compostable according to the European standard EN 13432. If required, each individual product description packaging will inform you if a product and/or its packaging has been certified industrially compostable to the European standard EN 13432.

Recyclable Aluminium

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is made using recyclable aluminium. If required, each individual product description will inform you if a product and/or its packaging is made using recyclable aluminium.

Recyclable Steel

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is made using recyclable steel. If required, each individual product description will inform you if a product and/or its packaging is made using recyclable steel.

Palm Oil Free

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is Palm Oil Free. If required, each individual product description will inform you if a product and/or its packaging is Palm Oil Free.

Dispose Responsibly

This symbol is a gentle reminder to dispose of your product and/or its packaging responsibly. You will see this across our product descriptions.

LDPE

 

This symbol means that the product and/or its packaging is made with low-density polyethylene. This category of plastic can sometimes be recycled and it can also be repurposed. Currently we only have 1 product which uses a small amount of LDPE in it's packaging. If required, each individual product desciption will use this symbol and inform you if the product and/or its packaging is a category 4 LDPE recyclable.

GMO Free This symbol means that a product is free from genetically modified organisms (GMO). We have recently introduced this symbol so you may not yet see it displayed across eligible products.
Aluminium Free This symbol means that a product and/or its packaging is free from aluminium. We have recently introduced this symbol so you may not yet see it displayed across eligible products.
Paraben Free This symbol means that a product and/or its packaging is free from parabens. We have recently introduced this symbol so you may not yet see it displayed across eligible products.

 

If you have any questions about our ethos, you can always get in touch with us on our socials, live chat, and using the following email: contactus@ecoearthmarket.com

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