Eco Principles

ECO Principles

What makes a product ECO friendly can be complex, but at its simplest it's those products considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment, people and wildlife. This ranges from chemical-free natural products, recycled or biodegradable materials, sustainable harvesting of natural products from the ocean, land or forests to locally made products which reduce the carbon footprint.

When choosing products, at Wild Thought, we consider each product on its individual merit and ensure it has at least one or more factors which supports the environment, people and wildlife.

Each product is clearly marked with an icon which indicates its ECO credentials.

Just To Let You know

From time to time we update our icons as needed. While we make every effort to ensure all our products are correctly tagged mistakes can be made. We ask that you always double check the ingredients and product information listed on each product too. If you think something has been incorrectly labelled please don't hesitate to get in touch by email on info@wildthought.co.uk.

The labels on the products refer to the product itself and not the manufacturer’s packaging. Please check on each product to see if the packaging is recyclable.

We choose our suppliers and products carefully to meet high ECO standards. However, it’s not always possible for them to tick all the boxes. We are aware that a small number of our products have unrecyclable packaging, this is usually due to preserving the product contained within. Our suppliers are ECO conscious and will make changes as they can. 

 

ECO Credentials

 Sustainably Sourced Sustainably Sourced. The intention of sustainably sourced products is to eliminate, as much as possible, negative environmental impact. Sustainably designed products generally use low-impact materials and may cover such criteria as, avoiding non-renewable resources, impact the environment minimally, prevent generation of excess waste or be designed for reuse or recycling.

Sustainable products also consider energy efficiency, product carbon footprint, damage to ecosystems and loss of biodiversity or depletion of natural resources.

    Ethically Sourced products ensure that they are obtained in a responsible and sustainable way. This means that the workers involved in making them are safe and treated fairly and that environmental and social impacts are taken into consideration during the sourcing process. The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) require ethical sourcing to mean the procurement process respects international standards against criminal conduct and human rights abuses and responds to these issues immediately if identified.

    Ethical Company Award is given to companies who have met the standard set by the Ethical Company Organisation. This is UK’s only cross-spectrum (people, animals and environment) ethical accreditation, which rewards ethical behaviour of companies.

Ethical Company logos are a guarantee of a company’s good ethical standards. A company displaying either of these logos has been through an in-depth research audit in order to attain Ethical Accreditation. The companies are audited against the following:

  • Environment: environmental reporting; pollution; nuclear power; other environmental issues.
  • Animals: animal testing; factory farming; other animal rights.
  • People: oppressive regimes; worker’s rights; irresponsible marketing; armaments.
  • Extras: genetic engineering; boycott call; political activity; alerts.

 Organic products are created by an agricultural process that use far fewer pesticides or synthetic fertilisers than the 'norm' today. Organic methods consider the effects of production on the whole eco system, and use more natural techniques to assist plant growth, repel pests and protect and encourage wildlife habitats.

Organic agriculture aims to maintain and increase soil fertility and give livestock humane living conditions.

 Soil Association Organic Standards. Products which have the Organic Standards logo have to adhere to the Soil Association’s standards of working with nature for animal and arable welfare, with no usage of manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers, practising more environmentally sustainable management of the land and the natural environment, supporting and protecting wildlife.

For a food product to be labelled as organic, every organisation working up and down its supply chain – from farmers, to packers, to food processors, and organic retailers – have to meet organic standards and prove it to an organic certification body.

  • All organic farms and food companies are thoroughly inspected at least once a year. They also need robust systems in place and paperwork that shows the standards are being met the rest of the time.
  • Once organic farms and food companies are certified as meeting strict organic standards, they are issued with a certificate and a trading schedule. This lists all the crops, livestock or products they are certified to trade as organic. This certificate acts like a passport and is necessary to prove the organic status of the goods when they are sold on.
  • When products are imported from countries outside of the EU, they not only have to be accompanied by an organic certificate, but they also need a Certificate of Import. This verifies the product is produced to organic standards equivalent to those in the EU.
  • To ensure that organic certification is carried out consistently, the inspectors themselves are inspected every year. Checks are made by accreditation bodies such as UKAS and UK certification bodies are required to regularly report to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

    Biodegradable plastic and products are made from plant-based materials like corn, wheat starch and natural rubber. Biodegradable products mainly degrade in terms of months rather than years or decades. The biodegradable process involves breaking down of organic substances by enzymes produced in living organisms. Once a waste product has been biodegraded it can be used as food and energy by micro-organisms as compost for the garden. 

However, we should be mindful that biodegradable products require certain conditions to biodegrade. Firstly, temperatures need to reach 50 degrees Celsius. Secondly, they need to be exposed to UV light. So please always recycle these products so that they can be recycled properly.

This label refers to the product itself and not the manufacturer’s packaging it comes in. Please check on each product to see if the packaging is biodegradable.

  Degradable items don't have living organisms as a crucial part of the breakdown process as in the case of biodegradable products. In degradable plastic and products additive agents are used allowing them to break down quicker than a standard plastic. Degradable products would usually degrade within 2 to 5 years. Degradable plastic cannot be classed as biodegradable or compostable.

This label refers to the product itself and not the manufacturer packaging it comes in. Please check on each product to see if the packaging is degradable.

  Recyclable products are made from materials which can be converted into waste materials or for reuse. Recycling is the processing of making existing products and materials into new, useful products. This is done to reduce the use of raw materials that would have been used otherwise.

This label refers to the product itself and not the manufacturer’s packaging it comes in. Please check on each product to see if the packaging is recyclable.

Recycled products are those made with material in their second or more cycle of life. This label refers to the product itself and not the manufacturer packaging it comes in. Please check on each product to see if the packaging is recycled.

   Recyclable Packaging. All Wild Thought products are mailed to you in recyclable boxes. We choose our suppliers and products carefully to meet high ECO standards. However, we are aware that a small number of our products have non-recyclable packaging, this is usually due to preserving the product contained within. Our suppliers are ECO conscious and will make changes as they can.  We have still felt the merits of this product overall deserved to be included in our shop.

  Vegan The manufacture and development of a vegan product does not involve the use of any animal product, within the product or its derivatives. The development, manufacture or ingredients of a vegan product does not involve any testing on animals at any stage of its development.

While we make every effort to ensure all our products are correctly tagged as vegan, mistakes can be made and we ask that you always double check the ingredients. If you think something has been incorrectly labelled as vegan, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing us on info@wildthought.co.uk.

  Vegan Society Approved. This Trademark represents the international vegan standard. To carry this trademark products are carefully audited annually by the society against a strict criteria to be eligible for registration.  The audit ensures that the manufacture and development of a vegan product has not involved the use of any animal product, within the product, its derivatives or any risk of cross contamination in the process. The development, manufacture or ingredients of a vegan product does not involve any testing on animals at any stage of its development.

 Vegetarian products do not contain any meat, fish, fowl or animal derivatives which required the slaughter of an animal. These products may contain eggs and milk-based products.

Vegetarian Society Approved trademarks are only licensed to products that meet our strict criteria. The Vegetarian Society Approved trademark accreditation involves independent ingredient and production method checking by our experts here at the Vegetarian Society.

Any product displaying the Vegetarian Society Approved vegan trademark has met these criteria:

  • Free from any ingredient resulting from slaughter
  • Only free-range eggs are used
  • No cross-contamination during production
  • GMO-free
  • No animal testing carried out or commissioned

While we make every effort to ensure all our products are correctly tagged as vegan, mistakes can be made and we ask that you always double check the ingredients. If you think something has been incorrectly labelled as vegan, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing us on info@wildthought.co.uk.

     FSC Certified stands for Forest Stewardship Council, which is an international organisation that promotes responsible stewardship of the world’s forests. The FSC label allows consumers to recognise products that support the growth of responsible forest management worldwide.

  MSC stand for the Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation which protects oceans and safeguards seafood supplies for the future.

Choosing products certified by the MSC and bearing the blue fish label means you are making the more sustainable choice, as the ways in which these products are sourced does not have a negative impact on marine life. The MSC certification ensures the suppliers do not use methods that contribute to overfishing, and that the seafood can be traced along the supply chain back to a sustainable source.

  PETA. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation is a UK-based charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals, working through public education, research, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement and protest campaigns.

PETA believes in non-violence and does not advocate or support actions in which anyone, human or non-human, is harmed. PETA is a charitable organisation that works to educate the public about the horrors of cruelty to animals through peaceful means.

   Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny is the globally-recognisable gold standard logo that requires a supplier monitoring system to be implemented by the company, ensuring that no animal testing has been used throughout the supply chain in the creation of the product. All companies who display this logo accept the ongoing independent audit to their company to ensure compliance.

  No Animal Testing are on products, cosmetics and medicine, which have not been tested on animals. However, at this point may not have been audited by International Leaping Bunny.

   UK Made are those products manufactured in the United Kingdom, in which the majority of the value of the product is created or added in the UK. Locally produced items naturally have low carbon footprint, which is why we consider this to be an ECO credential. Most of these products also have other positive impacts on the environment.

 Insect Protein is supportive of the environment as it is an alternative source of protein which significantly reduces the impact on the environment, compared to meat proteins.

  Supporting A Charity are those products which support a charity in which a % of the total sales proceeds support a worthwhile cause or charity or the organisation is significantly involved in supporting a charity or charities.

   Herbal Medicines and Supplements are plant-based medicines made from differing combinations of plant parts e.g. leaves, flowers or roots. Each part can have different medicinal uses and the many types of chemical constituents require different extraction methods. Both fresh and dried plant matter are used, depending on the herb.

   Health And Dietary Supplements are substances you might use to add nutrients to your diet or to lower your risk of health problems, like osteoporosis or arthritis. Dietary supplements come in the form of pills, capsules, powders, gel tabs, extracts, or liquids. They might contain vitamins, minerals, fibre, amino acids, herbs or other plants, or enzymes. Sometimes, the ingredients in dietary supplements are added to foods, including drinks.