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Lovehoney and the Environment
Lovehoney is working to minimise its impact on the environment. These are some of the things we do in order to provide you with a greener place to shop.
Lovehoney runs the world's first sex toy recycling scheme. We'll take your old vibrators and recycle them, make a donation to the World Land Trust on your behalf.
Items sent to Lovehoney are taken to a designated collection facility where they are recycled and treated in an ecologically sound manner. Because we can recycle any WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), we'll even accept your old toasters or hair straighteners!
When you recycle with Lovehoney, we'll donate 50p to the World Land Trust. The World Land Trust is an international conservation organisation that takes direct action to save rainforest and other important lands.
The wilderness areas bought by the World Land Trust are protected indefinitely as private reserves owned and managed by local organisations for the benefit of both wildlife and people.
"World Land Trust is delighted to be working with Lovehoney to help save habitats and all their wildlife and congratulate Lovehoney on their commitment to the environment."
Recycle your old vibrators with Lovehoney
If you’re buying a new electrical item, we will recycle your old one for free
Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK's fastest growing type of waste.
Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.
We are pleased to offer our customers the chance to recycle their old electrical items.
Send your items to us at the address below, and we'll do the rest:
100 Locksbrook Road
To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol) in your bin.
Find more information on WEEE recycling, and locate your local recycling centre, at www.recyclenow.com.
Lovehoney - Supporting Conservation by Addressing Climate Change
No environmental policy can be complete without consideration of one’s impact on the climate. Lovehoney is committed to minimising our carbon footprint, taking practical steps to reduce unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions from our operations.
Inevitably there are some emissions that cannot be eliminated and to mitigate their environmental impact we contribute to the World Land Trust’s (WLT) Carbon Balanced programme. An international conservation organisation based in Suffolk, UK. WLT was founded in 1989 to bring about the preservation of threatened habitats around the world identified as highly important for biodiversity. To date the Trust, whose patrons include Sir David Attenborough, has preserved over 500,000 acres of land across Africa, Eurasia, and Latin America in cooperation with a network of 27 project partners.
Since 2007, Lovehoney has worked with WLT to calculate our unavoidable emissions and offset these through Carbon Balanced projects, currently taking place in Ecuador. These projects are specifically designed to offset emissions in a robust, measurable way through the preservation of critically threatened tropical forests and the regeneration of degraded habitats. Current project sites cover a diversity of habitats, from the wet, montane cloud forest of the Andes to the tropical dry ecosystems of southern Ecuador.
By supporting the Carbon Balanced programme Lovehoney is taking action to address not one, but two of the major challenges facing the natural world; climate change, and the loss of habitats vitally important for biodiversity and provision of the ecosystem services on which mankind depends.
Lovehoney’s support of the Carbon Balanced programme contributes to the preservation of critically threatened Chocó forest at Río Canandé in northwest Ecuado
Waste Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Regulations
Lovehoney is committed to adopting greener business practices that will benefit both its customers and the environment. Lovehoney works with a leading UK provider of reliable and responsible compliance and recycling solutions to ensure it complies with environmental legislation. Lovehoney has launched the Rabbit Amnesty recycling scheme.
Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations
Under the Waste Battery Regulations, Lovehoney is now offering a take back scheme. Should you wish, you can bring us your batteries and we'll recycle them for you, however DEFRA says that it's not safe to post us your used batteries.
Alternatively, you can find your local waste portable battery recycling facility at www.recyclenow.com. Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries, and some town halls, libraries or schools may also set up collection points.
Lovehoney Web Servers Carbon Offset
Lovehoney's web servers are hosted with a company that offsets its carbon emissions in association with the International Tree Foundation. Native British tree species (such as Rowan, Whitebeam, Lime, Ash, Hornbeam, Oak, Birch, Beech, Hazel, Goat Willow and White Poplar) are planted in Pembrokeshire to offset the emissions of Lovehoney's servers.
The ITF is a UK charity that promotes an appreciation of trees, both in the UK and overseas. We recognise that trees play a vital role in the health, wellbeing and economies of communities around the world, and we support a range of projects that work to plant, care for and protect trees.
What else Lovehoney is doing
All boxes used to send your order are made from 80% recycled material and are 100% recyclable. Click here to see our envelopes and boxes.
Lovehoney staff are encouraged to lift-share wherever possible and many do so. Bicycles can be safely stored on Lovehoney premises and a shower is available to staff who cycle, walk or run to work.
Wherever possible, meetings are conducted by telephone, instant messenger or videoconference, minimising the need to travel to business meetings.
Lovehoney staff are encouraged to always switch off lights, monitors, PCs, photocopiers and printers at night and during prolonged breaks. By doing this, it is possible to reduce emissions associated with electricity consumption by up to 20%.
Facilities are provided so staff can recycle cans, bottles, cardboard and paper.
We will continue to encourage our staff to be aware of energy efficiency and create an energy efficient ethos.