Its website has ideas on how to cut down on the use of plastic in our day-to-day lives; from small challenges such as using reusable coffee cups, switching from packaged liquid soap to bars of soap, or avoiding plastic-packaged food by opting to buy in bulk or paper packaging. Participants can “join the challenge” to share tips, ideas and stories about how they are doing it with others.
However, #PlasticFreeJuly isn’t only for individuals: There are also ideas and challenges for companies, such as avoiding single-use plastic packaging, getting customers and staff involved in the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge, doing away with single-use plastics in food services or helping to spread the word about the campaign itself.
At Pasqual Arnella, we wanted to raise awareness of this movement, because… The more the merrier! The philosophy of the movement is right up our street because, for years, we’ve not only been making dummies from recycled paperpaste, we also go to great lengths to ensure that our processes and our packaging also meet sustainability criteria. How do we go about it?
Firstly, we make sure our raw materials are FSC-certified, and we’re using less and less chemicals. What’s more, we don’t use petroleum-based materials in our auxiliary elements.
To manufacture and package our mannequins, we use water-based paint, and the connections of the mannequin are made of noble materials such as wood or iron. We also reuse as many materials as possible, such as paint cans, leftover cardboard from shipping boxes or the wood we work with. And of course, our packaging: we pack all our mannequins in cardboard boxes and protect them on the inside using reusable cotton bags, and with materials manufactured by local suppliers, in turn, minimising the carbon footprint.
Although we’re aware that it’s impossible to live a 100% plastic-free life, we all try to do our bit on a personal and company level alike: personal cups and mugs are reusable or ceramic, and we have specific recycling bags and bins in the kitchen and the workshop.
As part of our Sustainability Plan, we’re working on two projects that we hope to have implemented by next year. Firstly, FSC certification for our paperpaste products; and secondly, the installation of photovoltaic panels in our factory, which will allow us to calculate and record our carbon footprint, with a view to taking action to reduce it even further.
Are you up for it? Even if July is coming to an end, you can choose a challenge and carry it out indefinitely; any small action counts for the environment, and we can all do our bit.
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