Environmental award for The Knitting Network
By Mark Hayhurst 06 Nov 2019
The Knitting Network has become the UK’s first online retailer to achieve Green Mark certification, recognising its commitment to environmental sustainability.
A popular and fast-growing online knitting and crochet store, The Knitting Network has taken a market leading position to drive sustainable retail to the next level. This includes only using plastic-free, recyclable packaging for all customer orders, as well as reducing waste and moving to an energy efficient property.
Amy Last, Director at The Knitting Network, said: “We’re incredibly proud to become the first ever online retailer to achieve a Green Mark. When we took the business over in 2018 making it more environmentally friendly was a big focus for us. Switching to plastic-free, recyclable packaging was a major step, but it goes way beyond that, from how we manage and monitor business waste, to how we package our own brand products.
“This approach is important to us and we know it’s important to our customers too. While many of the changes we have made to improve our business have been more costly, our packaging for example is four to five times more expensive than plastic alternatives, we know that it is the right thing to do and are proud to be leading the way.”
The Knitting Network also strives to partner with organisations that make a difference. In June this year, it began a ten-month commercial partnership to help raise awareness for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust; a national conservation charity working to increase the number and distribution of bumblebees due to their large-scale declines.
The initiative included posting thousands of packets of native wildflower seeds perfect for pollinators in UK customer orders to help enrich the habitat for bumblebees.