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    On this page we are trying to give as much information on the materials we use as possible on how to recycle our greeting cards and stationery.  We are continually changing and improving the way we make our cards and stationery.  New materials and processes seem to be appearing regularly and this page was last updated in May 2019.

    Biodegradable Glitter and confetti

    In June 2018 we started sourcing biodegradable glitter for our Shakies range of cards.  The confetti is now made from paper which can be recycled.  The glitter is biodegradable and conforms to EN-13432 standards.  At the end of its use it should can be home composted, incinerated (it will burn cleanly) or added to landfill.  If added to landfill it will still biodegrade but it will take longer depending on how much moisture, organisms and heat there is.

    May 2019 update.  We are currently testing a Eucalyptus leaf based glitter which biodegrades completely in 28 days.  We'll update this page when we make a decision on this.

    Envelopes

    All of the envelopes within the range are fully recyclable.

    Bags

    The cellophane bags the cards come packaged in are made from plastic with the Resin Identification code “5” and recycling facilities for this vary from area to area.  recyclenow.com provides an excellent guide for plastic film recycling in the UK which you can read here.  We are currently investigating the viability of selling our cards without bags and using a wrap around label instead.  We expect to be able to offer this to all retailers in September 2019.  We are also looking on to using outer bags made out of fully recyclable waxed paper. 

    Cards

    Click on the following links below to find out how to recycle your specific card. If you are not sure which range your card is from, please check the back of the card for code in the bottom right hand corner that you can match to one of the ranges below.

     

    Peachy Range (Codes beginning L2)

    Kids Range (Codes beginning HC3)

    Shakies Range (Codes beginning B60, B69, B105, B109, B113)

    Ups & Downs Range (Codes beginning K2)

    Red Balloon Range (Codes beginning HE)

    Mini Packs (Codes beginning MC)

    Christmas Mini Packs (With codes beginning R2 and R3)

     


    Peachy Range (codes beginning L2)

    Card: UK council guidelines are now saying that foiled cards can be recycled if the foiled coverage is less than 30%. These are therefore fully recyclable.

     

    Kids range (codes beginning HC3)

    Card:  UK council guidelines are now saying that foiled cards can be recycled if the foiled coverage is less than 30%. These are therefore fully recyclable.

     

    Shakies cards (Codes beginning B60, B69, B105, B109, B113

    The Shakies cards are made from multiple components most of which are recyclable.  Once you have finished with the card you should disassemble it. Follow the visual guide here:
    Step One: Take your Shakies card and open it up. You should be able to lift an edge of the card on the left hand side and pull apart to reveal the cellophane bag containing the cards illustration and glitter. 
       
    Step Two: Carefully cut through the double sided tape to reveal an edge of the cellophane bag, you should then be able easily pull this part away from the white card. The white (or sometimes red) card can then be fully recycled.
    Step Three: At the top of the cellophane bag you should be able to open it to pull out the card featuring the illustration. This card can be fully recycled. 
       

     You should then be left with the cellophane bag containing the glitter. 

    The bag has been made from the plastic with the Resin Identification code “5” and recycling facilities for this vary from area to area.  recyclenow.com provides an excellent guide for plastic film recycling in the UK which you can read here.

    In our newer cards manufactured from June 2018 onwards we started using biodegradable glitter and confetti.  These are easily identifiable as the information is printed on the reverse of the cards .  The confetti is now made from paper which can be recycled.  The glitter is biodegradable and conforms to EN-13432 standards.  At the end of its use it should can be home composted, incinerated (it will burn cleanly) or added to landfill.  If added to landfill it will still biodegrade but it will take longer depending on how much moisture, organisms and heat there is.
    In our older cards from before June 2018.  The glitter and confetti are made from the plastic with the Resin Identification code “1” which is the same polymer as plastic bottles and recycling facilities for this vary from area to area.  recyclenow.com provides an excellent guide for plastic bottle recycling in the UK which you can read here.

     

    Ups & Downs Range (Codes beginning K2)

    Card:  The raised image on the cards and other small sections in the background are glittered which can clog up paper recycling machines.  These can be easily cut or  torn off. The remainder is fully recyclable.

     

    Red Balloon Range (Codes beginning HE)

    Card: UK council guidelines are now saying that foiled cards can be recycled if the foiled coverage is less than 30%. These are therefore fully recyclable.

     

    Mini Packs (Codes beginning MC)

    Card: These cards are fully recyclable. 

     

    Christmas Mini Packs (With codes beginning R2 and R3)

    Card:  These cards are currently printed with glitter which is not recyclable.  The glittered section should be cut out but the rest of the cards can be recycled.  May 2019 update - the glitter we used in these cards didn't have a biodegradable alternative but we are investigating alternatives for the future.