We at Facilitate are dedicated to ensuring that our environmental impact remains as small as possible. Details of the measures that we are taking to achieve this can be found below.
Paper and printing:
Facilitate is printed on a woodfree silk paper made from 100% virgin fibre with elemental chlorine free (ECF) pulps, which are sourced from sustainable forests and guaranteed by the internationally recognised FSC chain of custody. The FSC label guarantees that the trees that are harvested towards the production of Facilitate are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally.
Facilitate's printer, Warners, has held accreditations for PEFC and FSCpapers, and the ISO14001 Environmental Standard, since 2008.
Warners ensures that all activities are carried out in conformance with relevant legislation (example - duty of care certificates obtained from all waste carriers complying with Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005) seeking to minimise waste arising, promote recycling, reduce energy consumption, reduce harmful emissions and, work with suppliers who themselves have sound environmental policies.
The polywrap used to distribute Facilitate is not biodegradable but it is LDPE 4 recyclable. Many of the UK's larger supermarkets now offer recycling facilities for LDPE plastics that carry the label with the message 'recycle with carrier bags at larger stores - not at kerbside'. Some local councils are also beginning to collect carrier bags and other LDPE 4 packaging as part of household recycling schemes. You can find out more details of how to recycle plastic products here:
These supermarkets offer LDPE 4 plastic collection points at larger stores:
- The Co-operative
However, we are acutely aware that readers want the least environmentally damaging form of magazine distribution possible, and to this end we check the market routinely to ensure that no newly introduced option is overlooked.
Information from the manufacturers of Facilitate's polythene can be found here. If you like you can collect the Facilitate magazine plastic film and send back to them where it is directly recycled.