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All of Emma’s packaging can be Reused, Recycled or Composted, “there really is no landfill waste if one uses the correct disposal methods and wast stream.

To use organic fair trade cotton fabric was an early ethical decision, not only does it present the soap beautifully; it allows the soap to breath as well as protecting the soap and it can also be re-used.  The fabric has become part of the labelling with each base oil allocated a colour and each essential oil combination allocated a pattern. Some of Emma’s Soap is wrapped in bamboo fabric.
Emma promotes her ‘reduce reuse recycle’ ideas on each bar of soap and at events where she exhibits she has examples - see waste policy.

Emma wraps the soap in parchment paper before the fabric, this reduces the rate that the essentials oils in the soap evaporate giving the consumer all the benefits of the oils and scent. Most baking/ parchment papers are coated with Quilon, which contains heavy metals like chromium that can be toxic when incinerated. Emma has selected a paper that uses Silicone, derived from a natural element. It's a much more expensive process, but worth it for everyone. Equally important, the paper use no chlorine in its production, which means no chlorine is dumped into our lakes and streams.
Emma's Labels are printed on recycled card with vegetable ink. Both the label, raffia and parchment paper are biodegradable and can be popped on the compost heap.


Reusing the Fabric:
As stated on Emma’s Soap label:
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Ideas for reusing the packaging

  1. Collect the fabric squares and make a patch-work, bag, pillow or even a quilt.
  2. Use to top your home made Jam, Chutney & Pickles!
  3. Make clothes for your best loved doll or teddy!
  4. Use to wrap your soap when traveling.
  5. Return to Emma’s Soap to be reused and get 5p off next purchase.”

Emma has also created patterns for consumers to make bunting, dolly dress’s, bees wraps, door stops and shopping bags.

Dollies dress pattern
Bunting pattern

Even the gift boxes have ideas for re-use, made from 76% recycled card, 24% FSC sustainable sourced card.

Just Think
Some of the ways you could reuse this box

  1. A small bed for teddy or dolly
  2. treasure/trinket box
  3. Recycle as a gift box for a friend
  4. A useful storage box spare buttons and fuses


All retail internet orders are dispatched through the postal service, in Jiffy Green bags which has 100% recycled paper fibre lining and is fully recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. The envelope is sealed with compostable paper tape. Emma also supplies a re-use label that can be placed over the address, allowing the customer to give the envelope a second use.

Emma Promotes:
Paper - Recycle - Compost - make a paper Fire Block
“Once you have finished with any of your vitally important correspondence and are sure you no longer need the contents, then we suggest you shred it, soak it and press into a paper brick. Then pop on the fire, keeping you warm with our compliments. If you'd like to know how to make paper bricks”, click here...


Emma uses several Biodegradable forms of packaging:

Emma uses cornstarch bags for all her laundry products. The cornstarch is made with Symphony Environmental's d2w oxo-biodegradable technology which ensures that at the end of their useful life, in the presence of Oxygen they will convert into biodegradable materials.

Emma uses cellulose/biofilm bags made in the UK,  for the ‘off cuts’, bath salts and laundry extras as well as her range of greetings cards.

After using the bag, which is approved to by the UK Compost Home standard and for home composting, it can start to break down within a few weeks (depending on the ambient temperature).
This material will biodegrade producing CO2 and H2O, these 2 compounds=, combined with sunlight, converts into energy for plants in a process called photosynthesis. The resulting tree growth can then be used to produce more cellulose.  
The film spec states that, when being composted, it must biodegrade to a minimum of 90% within 6 months although in reality this can be achieved in less than 45 days with industrial composting. Home composting will be at a lower temperature and will take longer.

Disposing of Cornstarch or Cellulose bag:

1) Compost Heap:
This is what they are designed for so is the best option.
2) Council Garden waste bin:
Although this would work you would need to check with your local council to ensure that that this waste is going for industrial composting. (Also you could end up 'at odds' with the council for putting what they could view to be the wrong waste in the bin.)
3) Food Waste Bin:
This would also be suitable but once again it might be best to check what the council is doing with this waste. (The bags are suitable for anaerobic digestion or industrial composting, if they will allow you to put them in).
4) General Waste Bin:
Although possibly not viewed as the perfect option, in landfill they will break down to CO2 and water in much the same way as they would in a compost heap.


Policy statement on Emma’s retail Web site regarding packaging:

You have purchased Emma's soap which is wrapped in Organic fair trade cotton, a reusable material. The soap is first wrapped in a quilon and chlorine free parchment paper, the label is printed in vegetable ink on recycled card attached with raffia. All these items are compostable.
Please re-use the Jiffy envelope a reusable label has been provided to cover the address, alternatively this can also be composted.
Gift boxes can be reused or recycled
Cellulose and cornstarch bags can be composted.
To complete Emma's zero to land fill policy, the outer casing that carries your product through the mailing/courier service has been reused, it could be a potato or apple box, even a shoe box, basically a sturdy clean box having a second life. Emma's Soap does not use single use plastic courier bags.