Everything we do makes a mark on the world around us. But we’re working hard to minimise that, and be open about how.
As a delivery service, we can’t avoid packaging. But we can lessen its environmental footprint. Here’s how our packaging measures up.
For our boxes, we only use cardboard certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® . And they’re 100% recyclable.
Our paper tape is fully biodegradable. And our tape machines dispense the exact length for our boxes – so none is wasted.
We now use 100% recycled paper filler instead of bubble wrap. It’s recyclable, and plastic-free.
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We use award-winning Woolcool® insulated packaging for fridge medicines. It’s recyclable and can be reused in endless ways.
None of our waste goes directly to landfill. We recycle everything we can and make sure to put the rest to good use.
As a large pharmacy, reducing medicine waste has been high on our agenda. We can only dispense the exact amount of medicine prescribed by your GP. So if a pack contains 12 tablets but you’re prescribed 10, we have to remove 2 tablets before we send it to you. To avoid throwing away these 2 tablets, we keep track of what amounts GPs most commonly prescribe. We then proactively repack medicines into the most popular sizes to prevent waste. We currently do this for some medicines, but we’re looking into repacking even more in the future.
When we can’t avoid medicine waste, it gets turned into energy. In fact, all our non-recyclable waste helps create green electricity for the National Grid. We use Grundon’s Energy from Waste (EfW) program because it stops non-recyclable waste going to landfill, and helps reduce the use of fossil fuels.
Earth is our home. To protect it, we’re taking steps to lower our carbon footprint and support forest-planting projects.
We’re conscious of our carbon footprint. That’s why our central pharmacy has been powered by green energy since October 2021. Green energy comes from renewable sources such as the wind or the sun. Best of all, it causes dramatically lower carbon emissions than fossil fuels.
Supporting climate action projects with the help of
Data from our packaging supplier shows that planting 1 tree for every 250 parcels we send would offset our cardboard use. So now that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re funding forest-planting projects through an environmental organisation called Ecologi. We’ve already planted over 20,000 trees in Mozambique, Madagascar and Kenya, with plenty more to come.