Frequently Asked Questions

Ecolutions concentrates efforts to source suppliers from the United Kingdom. This serves two purposes: supporting small independent businesses and reducing emissions caused by long-haul transportation. 

We have partnered with Ecologi and Chooose to offset our carbon emissions caused by organisational activities. 

You can view our annual carbon footprint reports via our ‘About Us‘ page.

Details of our carbon offset are available at the bottom of every page on this website. 

Sustainability is defined as: Meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Living Sustainably is therefore the act of adopting measures to ensure the needs of future generations is not comprimised. 

This can include only purchasing products manufactured from ‘sustainably sourced’ products and discouraging the purchase of plastic (created by use on non-renewable oils) and reducing waste as a few examples. Whilst living sustainably is considered a daunting task to some due to the volume of products that are considered non-sustainable, we, at Ecolutions, aim to make to make living sustainably easier by sourcing household substitutes for retail at affordable prices. 

Actions, no matter how small, are better than none at all – so don’t be afraid to start off slow and substitute a few household products at first. Shop now and discover some easy substitutes for your home today!

Ecolutions stringently records for our upstream and downstream processes to carefully measure the carbon emissions that are generated by corporate oprerations. Rest assured that this intensive recording is conducted in order to offset the emissions to ensure we operate carbon positively. 

We reuse all packaging from our suppliers, including boxes for delivery and the protective packaging within to ensure that we operate as a zero-waste business. Because of this, you may find that your delivery arrives in a box marked with the branding of one of our suppliers. 

We purposefully avoid retailing plastic products where possible and seek eco-friendly alternatives. 

By sourcing our products from small businesses within the United Kingdom, we reduce transportation by air as much as possible and encourage economic growth. 

Many people assume that compostable and biodegradable mean the same thing, but that isn’t necessarily true. Here, we explain what these terms really mean, so you can fully understand the properties that our and other organisations’ packaging claims!

Compostable
The definition of compostable is organic material that can, through the process of decomposition, be turned into nutrient-rich soil or fertilizer. 

Composting itself is the process of converting organic waste, leaves, grass clippings, banana peels, coffee grounds, and the like back to nature, so that it can eventually be reused as compost.

What does it mean when an item is described as compostable?
When something is labelled at compostable, it means that the product can be turned into compost as long as it’s under the correct conditions.

If the item is food, paper-based, or wood-based, it’s likely compostable under the most basic composting conditions, including a your garden compost bin.

But if the item is a bioplastic “compostable” container, utensil, straw, or the like, and you’re thinking about throwing that item into your backyard compost pile, you’ll be sorely disappointed. It can only be composted at an industrial composting facility.

This means that it only decomposes under very specific conditions and will take far longer to break down if sent to a landfill (all the while emitting greenhouse gases). These products are better for the environment than plastic-based ones, but they need to be composted properly to get the full effect.

Biodegradable
Biodegradable means that an item can be disintegrated into its base elements by bacteria, fungi, or some other biological process. Biodegradation is just the process of nature breaking down materials into their component parts.

Most fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods are biodegradable, in that if you buried them in your backyard without a proper composting setup, they would eventually biodegrade.

However, biodegradable things don’t always have to be strictly “organic.” Many things biodegrade if given enough time, including plastic items, but that does not make them eco-friendly.

Plastics are a good example as they are known to take decades to break down in a landfill, and when they do, they turn into things like carbon dioxide and before that, microplastics, both of which are damaging for the environment.

What does it mean when an item is described as biodegradable?
If the packaging on a product reads biodegradable, it basically means that it will eventually break down if that product were to end up in a landfill; however, it would emit greenhouse gases while doing so.

This essentially means that items labelled as biodegradable may not be eco-friendly in any sense. The key thing to understand is how long it takes a product to biodegrade. If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly products, look for those that biodegrade in less time.

Unfortunately, some brands will use the term biodegradable on their packaging as a promotional and marketing term, even if the product is not actually biodegradable — this is known as greenwashing. 

It is best practice to perform some basic research before committing to any payments to ensure that you are purchasing truly biodegradable products that provide positive results for the environment.