Here’s our recycling and environmental policy, which is a work in progress. We are always looking for ways to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and will regularly update this as we work smarter.
UDDATE May 2019: We are very proud to announce that we are now a carbon neutral company – this means we have offset our carbon emissions by putting money into a reforestation scheme in Kenya. We worked out what our carbon footprint is (how much carbon we use in heating, lighting and petrol) and have replaced this by planting trees.
All the packaging we currently use (glass, aluminium and PET plastic) is all fully recyclable via your roadside collection. We are in the process of moving towards more glass packaging. However, there will still be a couple of products that come in plastic, as customer feedback has told us that this is what you want – this includes the Organic Deep Cleansing Balm that is currently available in a jar and a plastic pump.
We are phasing out most of our plastic containers now and will not be ordering any more, we’re using up what we have.
If you would prefer to receive one of our glass items in plastic for travel (or maybe you just have a habit of dropping things) then please let us know when you place your order, and we will do our best to accommodate this, if possible.
Returning your Empties for Recycling
By popular demand we are now taking back your LJ empties. This is really easy for those of you who pass by our headquarters in Wilmslow (34 Altrincham Rd, SK9 5ND). There is a box at the back of the building by our door where you can safely leave your empties at any time convenient to you.
If you are not local but still wish to send back empties, then we are more than happy to receive them but we cannot cover the cost of the postage (returning them Freepost would mean increasing our costs, as we don’t think this is what customers want at present, but we can review this at a later date). Please post to LJ Natural, 34 Altrincham Rd, Wilmslow, SK9 5ND.
If you would like loyalty points adding to your account for the empties bottles and jars you return, please make sure you leave your name with the empties. Then allow one week for the points to be allocated. You will need to have an LJ account to take advantage of this. Loyalty points will be as follows:
Glass jars and bottles: 30 points
Plastic jars and bottles: 10 points
If you have any questions about any of the above then please do not hesitate to contact us. We would also love to hear any ideas you have about how we can improve.
If you want to know a little more about what PET plastic is, please click here.
Our Other Environmental Policies
We don’t agree with beauty products that are individually boxed. We have never done this as it is a waste of resources and money. When you would buy the product, take the product out of the box and immediately bin it.
Our paper bags, gift boxes, tissue paper and raffia ribbon – 100% recyclable and biodegradable
Our padded envelopes – FSC approved
LJ leaflets – printed on recycled paper and 100% recyclable and biodegradable
Bubble Wrap – we now offer bubble wrap which is from recyclable paper and is fully biodegradable/compostable.
Packing Nuts – we currently re-use packaging, including nuts, that we receive when we place orders for glass bottles and jars. Some of these nuts are compostable (made of cornstarch) and some are not. The way to find out if they are is to run one under a tap, if it dissolves, then it’s compostable. If they are not the compostable ones, here’s a list of things you can do with them.
All boxes and containers that we receive our ingredients in are repurposed into my local community. Those that live in Wilmslow will have seen my continuous messages on my local Facebook page offering out the boxes and containers out for re-use. Those moving house come and collect boxes, those with allotments and doing school projects collect the large containers.
Basically nothing is put in the bin.
Being Carbon Neutral
We are now a carbon neutral company. But what does that actually mean?
Carbon emissions are generated by all business’s energy consumption, such as the heating and lighting generated by fossil fuels, as well as petrol/diesel used for travel, water usage and waste disposal. To be carbon neutral, according to the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, involves a process of measuring your carbon emissions, then reducing them and offsetting any remaining emissions so that your ‘net calculated carbon emissions equal zero’.
As an individual, I am totally committed to fighting for climate change; my daughter and I attend the Fridays for Future climate change protests in Manchester, and we passionately strive, at home, and in this business, to do everything possible to minimise climate damage and environmental damage. There is no PLANet B.