From gift boxes and protective material to hang-tags and tote bags, packaging is an area where we can make a big difference.
To demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, ferm LIVING is also working towards making all gift boxes from FSC™ certified cardboard and printed with black soy-based ink. In 2022, we achieved a significant milestone as a large packaging supplier in India obtained FSC™ certification. We are dedicated to achieving this goal 100% within 2023. All tags are already FSC™ certified, while our tote bags are made from sustainably produced textiles and in a design that inspires repeated use.
The majority of the packaging used to protect products during shipping is made from natural-based materials such as cardboard, paper pulp and craft paper. Smaller items and textiles are packaged in recyclable plastic bags. To ensure all our products arrive to their destination in good condition, some of our products are protected with Styrofoam during transport. In 2020, this applied to approximately 10% of our products. During 2021, we managed to reduce this to only 5%. We are pleased with our progress.
Our target for 2022 was to reduce this number even further so that only 3% of our products required Styrofoam packaging. We knew this would be a challenge for us and would require us to seek more innovative solutions, as traditional alternatives have already been tested. We have, for example, successfully implemented the use of FSC™ certified honeycomb for our Pond Mirrors.
We recognise that while we want to reduce our impact by finding alternatives to Styrofoam, we have a number of products that are delicate and therefore require adequate protection during shipping - we are therefore mindful that producing and shipping a new product to cover a claim often results in higher CO₂ emissions than the use of Styrofoam. Unfortunately we did not meet our 2022 target of 3% and instead saw an increase to 4.5%.
We are actively engaged in reducing our reliance on Styrofoam and exploring alternative solutions. We maintain close communication with our major packaging suppliers to identify materials that can effectively act as a replacement. Our goal for 2023 is to decrease Styrofoam usage to 3.5%.