Packaging & Recycling

The Low Waste philosophy is based on the idea of preventing waste from entering landfills, oceans, and other environments where it can harm humans or disrupt ecosystems. At Green Life Trading Co. we know that our waste isn't always physical, that's why we have partnered with Carbon Fund.  But when it comes to our physical waste, we keep it to a minimum.

Shipping

Green Life Trading Co. ships almost all of our products without using plastic. Our boxes are post-consumer, usually coming from our vendors, friends and family. We say we are “almost plastic free” because many of the boxes we receive already have plastic stickers and tape on them. 

For delicate orders, we pad our boxes with post-consumer and recyclable paper packing material. Boxes are sealed with a non-reinforced paper tape. This tape uses a plant-based glue and is water activated, meaning it’s also recyclable and compostable.

When you receive a box from us, please continue its life and use it again. 

Refill Pouch Program

Although our Refill Pouch Program utilizes plastic, there are several key reasons whey we went this route. 

1. Shipping glass takes a lot of space and is heavy. These two factors would drastically increase the carbon emissions of our shipments. That space and weight adds up quickly!

2. Our pouches collapse flat, meaning they take up very little space, and weigh less than 2 ounces to ship back to us.  

3. Most importantly perhaps, we are not talking single-use plastic. Our refill pouches can be sanitized and reused up to 10 times before their end of life.  

Shipping

a prepaid envelope will be included in your order. Once emptied, please return the pouch so we can sanitize and use it for the next amazing person!

Our prepaid shipping labels feature a zero waste release liner (aka the waxy paper on the back of the stickers) that is 100% recycled & curbside recyclable. The label itself is also fully recyclable.

Our return envelopes are 100% recycled and recyclable plastic #4. That means once they've been used to death (they are designed to be used multiple times), we recycle them!

Pickup/Local Delivery

A return envelope is not included in your order, instead you will receive a $1 refund when you return your pouch to the store. During off hours, slide your pouches in our door mail slot with your order number to receive your refund. 

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