Eco Friendly Business.
Here at Retreat we try to be as green as possible and we consider the impact we have on the world in everything we do. So here are a few facts you might not know about us...
Our office is solar powered.
With all factories we go above and beyond fair trade. Our social accountability policy covers, fair trade, environmental impact, working conditions, human right and freedom of choice amongst other things. In fact I can really bang on about social accountability so please feel free to ask questions at the next trade show.
We work hard to bring product into the country in the same packaging as we send it out. We also use biodegradable packaging wherever possible. We reuse over 80% of boxes which come into us.
If we do receive plastic protective packaging we ALWAYS reuse it. Be it bags for cushion pads or bubble wrap. This is never thrown away.
As you know we are always forward selling, asking our lovely customers to consider their needs for coming months. This is for two reasons, firstly we are lucky enough to fill our monthly production capacity in advance but also we are able to target our artisans into making the right amount of each line and therefore limit any terminal stock. We have never put terminal stock into landfill.
90% of our wood products are made from mango wood. Mango wood is fundamentally the byproduct of an already thriving industry: Mango fruit. Unlike the oaks of North America which take 50-100 years to mature, mango trees mature quickly; reaching 80-100 feet in around 15 years. Once the trees get too tall to easily harvest the fruit or stop bearing fruit altogether, they are harvested for timber and a new generation of trees is planted.
The wood that we make our collection from was previously burnt or left to break down naturally not only provides extra income to mango farmers, but provides us with an affordable material that’s easy to work with.
All the paper we use for your delivery notes and invoices is recycled.
We sell in sets if there is space inside a product. What we mean is we never import air. If we an fit a smaller pot inside a larger one, we will. Saving packaging, fuel, and capacity on the boat. Splitting the pack when it reaches you is a small price to pay for saving the environment. Oh at it makes the product cheaper too as we aren't paying for any waste.