what do we mean when we say sustainable?
Sustainability acknowledges that resources on this planet are not infinite. It seeks to prolong the lifespan of the materials we rely on in our daily lives and to reduce consumption both in terms of goods but also energy use.

At the World Shop and Global Refills, this means we sell high-quality products that are made to last. Many of our goods are made with recycled materials or what would otherwise be waste - this even includes stationary made from elephant dung and wallets made from old tyres. We’re committed to reducing waste in our shops. The packaging materials we receive with our deliveries is routinely transformed into shop displays, seasonal decorations, and more. We also reuse plastic carrier bags, so if you have any languishing around the house, bring them to us!

The practice of sustainability goes hand in hand with fair trade. In fact, ‘Respect for the Environment’ is Fair Trade Principle #10. Here’s what the WFTO has to say about it:

principle ten: respect for the environment
Organisations which produce Fair Trade products maximise the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources in their ranges, buying locally when possible. They use production technologies that seek to reduce energy consumption and where possible use renewable energy technologies that minimise greenhouse gas emissions. They seek to minimise the impact of their waste stream on the environment. Fair Trade agricultural commodity producers minimise their environmental impacts, by using organic or low pesticide use production methods wherever possible.

Buyers and importers of Fair Trade products give priority to buying products made from raw materials that originate from sustainably managed sources, and have the least overall impact on the environment.

All organisations use recycled or easily biodegradable materials for packing to the extent possible, and goods are dispatched by sea wherever possible.

Alongside with our range of fair trade goods, we source products that we hope will help empower our customers to incorporate more sustainable practices into their lifestyles. We look for products made with recycled materials, fully recyclable materials, home-compostable products and products that help to reduce food waste— like reusable beeswax and vegan wax wraps and plastic-free lunchboxes to help you make good use of leftovers.