Updated: Mar 1
One of the biggest problems our generation faces is the impact our current lifestyles are having on the world. Floods, droughts and wildfires are on the news seemingly every week and with ice caps melting as global temperatures rise, one of the biggest challenges we have as a species is reducing our impact through sustainable living.
Pompeak is a relatively young business, but we have already seen just how quickly corporations can contribute to the problem. Whether it's by reducing our in house waste, minimizing our carbon footprint or simply using more environmentally friendly packaging; we are dedicated and determined to ensure we keep our impact on the planet to a minimum and grow to become part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Read on to learn a little more about what we’re doing, who we’re working with and how you can join in with our mission. Our planet is worth more than a short term profit.
If you have any ideas about how we can be more eco-friendly, please let us know by using our contact form or reaching out to us via our socials.
· Reduction of packaging
The Kickstarter launch of our Debut collection marked the official start of Pompeak Watches. We were so happy to be able to successfully fulfill our backer rewards, but at the end of that phase, the evidence of our success was in the bags of waste packaging around us. It was clear that we could not carry on like this. We did not want our success to be soured by guilt.
The immediate solution - cut down. We are able to reuse 90% of what was initially thrown away, either; in house or by sending it back to our suppliers to reuse. What’s left is the off cuts of packaging and labels which are gathered and taken to our local recycling centre.
· Green packaging
Our watch boxes are designed to be durable and can be used again and again for the times you aren’t wearing your watch. During transport however, these boxes are wrapped in bubble wrap,
which, you may be surprised to know, is not widely or easily recycled. We are currently trialing 100% recyclable cardboard wrap which is much easier for customers to responsibly dispose of. Keep an eye out for that.
· Minimal printing
We’ve gone against tradition and don’t include a physical user manual with our watches. During our research phase we found that although these were welcomed, and seen as a nice touch, they were quickly dis guarded, lost or deemed unnecessary. Instead, our watches come with a small, printed welcome card with a QR code, scan-able with your smartphone, that will take take you to our quick start instructional videos, allowing you to get the most out of your Pompeak watch.
Not only does this reduce the initial waste, it also means we can keep the pages up to date without having to re-print endless manuals.
(Note: This page can also be accessed directly through our website for those who don’t have a smartphone)
To top this off, all of our in-house meetings are paperless, and where possible, all key information circulates the business via email or smart apps.
These may be small changes but they stack up to make a big difference.
Pompeak watches are built to last. This point may seem like an obvious one, but we do not want our watches to end up in landfill, and we take pride in the quality of materials we use. Corrosion resistant stainless steel casings and the shock resistant movement used in our debut collection ensure your watch will last a lifetime.
· Reducing our carbon footprint
Some things need to happen for us to remain in business; we need to get components in, and we need to get your new watch to you. There is always going to be an impact here, but we're working with our suppliers, grouping by location and are merging the shipments to maximise delivery efficiency, for both watch components and packaging.
Getting your new watch to you depends somewhat on your location and local options; however we re-evaluate our delivery partners on a regular basis to ensure we are supporting the right ideas.
There are some exciting developments around all electric delivery depots being trialed in the UK.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you have any further suggestions on how we can continue to support sustainability please reach out to us via our contact form or socials.