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Sustainability

Lydia. products are all produced in the UK, and we endeavour to select only manufacturers that are working in a more eco-friendly way.

ALL OUR CARDS & STATIONERY: 100% RECYCLED - RECYCLABLE - COMPOSTABLE PAPERS AND CARD
The A5 notebooks and Gift Wrap papers in particular are produced by a high quality UK Eco-printing company that is certified as using an effective 'Environmental Management System'. Their practice includes using vegetable oil based inks and a waterless, chemical free printer that is better for the environment. 100% of their printing generated waste is recycled with none to landfill. Their recycled papers benefit from the Carbon Capture programme where all the carbon generated during the production of this paper is offset by planting forests and woodlands in association with the Woodland Trust.

OUR PACKAGING: RECYCLED - RECYCLABLE - COMPOSTABLE
Gift boxes, and belly band packaging are all made from 'Kraft' recycled paper. Not only is all the packaging we use made of recycled paper, but they are also fully recyclable and compostable, including our slim postal boxes.

The Triangle tubes that we send out the larger format Art Prints in are made totally out of card and unlike the circular tubes they do not need plastic lid ends. 

The tissue papers we use within our gift boxes are also from 100% recycled stock.

100% ORGANIC COTTON 
T-Shirts – 100% organic ringspun cotton. We order from a certified eco-friendly uk print company that use 100% solvent-free water-based inks for garment printing, 100% organic cotton apparel and minimalists use of resources. 
Tote Bags – 100% organic, unbleached cotton. Printed and made in the uk.

WHY ARE NON-ORGANIC COTTONS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? 
Cotton production is a huge industry; it is integral to the economies of some of the poorest countries in the world and supports around 100 million rural families with employment and income. However, there is a darker side to the hospitalisation and deaths of millions of cotton farmers around the world. 

Some negative factors include:
1) Use of pesticide on cotton crops
2) GM Cotton
3) Fossil Fuel derived Fertizers
4) Cotton and the soil is a carbon sink
5) Water consumption
6) Loss of biodiversity

All cotton is imported as it cannot grow in the UK.  To sell an organic cotton garment in the UK, it must meet the Organic Certification standards of the country it was grown in as well as the relevant EU regulations.  The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the most common certification in the UK and is also very comprehensive. Generally the land the cotton was grown on must have been free of pesticides for a minimum of three years.
Organic cotton will also be free of artificial fertilisers and the soil will be improved using natural methods.  GOTS certification also goes further to ensure that the farmers, as well as the factory workers, receive a fair wage for their work.