Oak, Ash and Thorn was an absolute joy to create. We wanted to honour its roots by making it (and all further decks) eco-friendly.
Our goal is to manage our little business in an environmentally responsible manner, which is why our practices and packaging are constantly evolving. We know we’re just a drop in the ocean, but we want to do our bit anyway.
ABOUT OUR PRINTER
Our Tarot decks are printed by the extraordinary Generation Press located in Brighton, England. There are so many things we LOVE about this company. Where do we begin?
They have been EMAS certified since 2014 (that’s the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, which allows all types of organisations to improve their environmental performance and achieve recognition for doing so).
Additionally, they use their own generated solar power and are topped up with renewable energy supplied by Ecotricity, they’re carbon-neutral, they offer sustainable paper, and they use vegetable-based inks. We also love that they’ve funded the planting of 6001 trees in the UK. Ecotricity invest more in creating renewable energy than all other UK suppliers put together.
ABOUT OUR DECK
Cards: Printed on Gallerie Art Satin. Gallerie is made by an EMAS certified mill, and it is FSC certified.
Tuck box: As well as being fully recyclable and biodegradable, Colorplan paper has FSC certification. Additionally, it's Heavy Metal Free and the bleaching process avoids the use of harmful chlorine.
ABOUT OUR PACKAGING
We strive to use the most environmentally friendly packaging when sending out our products. This has led us to source alternatives to common packaging materials. We also reduce, recycle and reuse as much as we can.
Shipping boxes: Our boxes are made from sustainable materials, recyclable, naturally biodegradable, and plastic-free. While recycling might be necessary for boxes that can no longer be reused, we believe that prolonging the life of old boxes is important (cardboard boxes can be reused several times before they are eventually ready to be recycled). This means that some orders might be packed in a reused box (one of our favourite ways to package an order).
Packing tape: Our tape is recyclable and complies with the European 2004/12/CE packaging directive. It’s a great alternative to the conventional plastic-based tape made from fossil fuels and harmful chemicals. The only time you’ll find plastic packing tape on one of our packages is when we’re reusing an old box.
Clear bags: Each Tarot deck is packaged in a compostable NatureFlex™ gusseted bag. These are 100% home compostable and made from cellulose, which is derived from sustainable wood pulp.
Tissue paper: Our tissue paper is sourced from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly and sustainably. It's printed with soy-based inks, acid-free, and Lignin and sulphur free (meaning that the ink won't transfer from the tissue and the paper won't leave behind any of these chemicals when decomposing).
Honeycomb wrap: This is an excellent alternative to plastic bubble wrap. It’s fully recyclable, biodegradable, and plastic-free. If you find plastic bubble wrap in any of our packages it means we’re reusing old packing material to give it a second life.
Packing peanuts: Sometimes, we use biodegradable loose-fill from Eco Flo® (which is manufactured in the UK and Europe from GM-free starch). It is 100% biodegradable, plastic-free, sustainable and entirely home compostable (EN13432), which is excellent for the environment! Please either reuse them, place them in your compost bin or dissolve the pieces in water and watch them magically disappear.
ABOUT OUR SUPPLIERS
To keep our supply chain as earth-friendly as possible, we choose to work with suppliers who have the same ethos as us when it comes to sustainability, and we try to choose local suppliers wherever we can.