Charity & Environment
The primary concern of a majority of businesses is to maximise profit. We have chosen an alternative model: to provide a fair standard of living while doing wider good. Sustainability, environmental concern, charitable work and social responsibility are implied by this core principle.
The use of paper can be entirely sustainable. We source materials carefully and design our products and systems to minimise our waste, which is almost entirely recycled. All our Origami paper, modelling kits, inserts and spiral-boxes are Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and printed using vegetable-based ink.
Our chosen packaging offers a high level of protection while being an exact fit to the contents. Material use is therefore minimised, and our cardboard envelopes are both recycled, recyclable and rapidly biodegradable. No plastics or other unsustainable/non-degradable materials are used.
We do not stock metal foils as, following an investigation, we concluded they can not be sustainably sourced.
In 2018 we have changed the nature of our charitable engagement from donating money to donating time. We aim to spend an average of two days per week volunteering with various environmental organisations in the north east of England, working to benefit local ecosystems. Activities thus far have ranged from planting a native wildwood and reintroducing water voles, to monitoring reptiles and repairing peat bogs on the Scottish border - there will be much more to come. We make sure to plant many more trees than we use.
We bank exclusively with The Co-operative, consistently voted the UK’s most ethical brand. We also believe in the principle of general taxation, that we should all pay a fair share into a communal pool to fund health, education, etc. Tax is the price of a civilised society – that’s why we pay ours.