Reporting Boundary: Head office operations (The Net Loft, The Moors, Porthleven, Cornwall, TR13 9JX)
Emission sources: Electricity, T&D losses,
water, waste, commuting, paper, freight, homeworking (excluded from footprint)
Reporting Period: 01 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021
We engage our employees and wider stakeholders to unlock their talent and knowledge to drive year on year progress in sustainability.
We recognise that transparent communication is essential for transformational change and we quantifiably contribute to 5 SDG’s.
Flexi-Hex was born out of a love for the sea and a desire to design a packaging solution that doesn’t persist in the environment, and negatively impact the ocean. That’s why they created paper packaging that protects both products and planet.
The company pride themselves on being a reliable and superior alternative to single-use plastics (such as bubble wrap and air-filled sacs) and strive towards having no impact on future generations. To date, with the help of our customers, Flexi-Hex has prevented over 1313km of plastic packaging from being used. This is equivalent to, as the crow flies, Porthleven to Lisbon.
They believe that good design should be practical, effective, attractive, and of course, sustainable. All its packaging solutions are built with strength in mind, are made using minimal material, and have a clean design that is easy to the eye. But most importantly, they are 100% plastic-free, recyclable and biodegradable.
Flexi-Hex use over 85% recycled paper pulp in our products, helping to close the loop and make the most of our “7th resource”, and where it’s not possible to use recycled material, we used FSC Certified paper. This means that all its products are curbside recyclable, and under the right conditions will biodegrade in 6 weeks, made possible by also using non-toxic adhesive. Using recycled paper has a lower carbon footprint than using virgin cardboard and each tonne of recycled paper we use can save 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water.
Looking beyond what its packaging is made of, Flexi-Hex also boasts fantastic volumetrics due to its compact natural state. In fact, one pallet of Flexi-Hex is equivalent to five pallets of bubble wrap, reducing shipping and storage costs, and ultimately the impact on our environment. Preventing over-packaging is one of Flexi-Hex’s top priorities when it comes to design. The Flexi-Hex sleeve is simply a single layer of protection that is strong enough to take impact alone, there is no need for reinforcement or multiple layers of wrap. Its outer-packaging, post-ready boxes are innovatively designed for simplicity, minimal material and waste. All their boxes are produced with a peal and seal element, removing the need for additional tape, and many have a glued crash-lock base so are completely tape free.
Finally, Flexi-Hex wants to be ambitious with our commitment to stewarding the earth – the company is doing what it can to reduce its carbon emissions and where it cannot make reductions, we are offsetting and contributing to rewilding projects, enabling them to be a carbon neutral company. The company’s goal is to become a certified B-Corp by the end of 2021, and hope to begin this process in September.