In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Nkuku's website for the company's environmental policy. Under its values it stated "We work with natural and recycled materials through sustainable methods of production and this shapes our collections. We keep air freight to a minimum, and review our packaging regularly. We are constantly evaluating our processes and looking at ways we can improve. Many of our products are handmade from recycled materials. We gather the waste leftover from other industries including; cotton from discarded t-shirts, leather, metals and glass as well as recycled saris. Recycling allows us to create new and beautiful products with less impact on our environment. We try to recycle as much waste as possible at head office, and use recycled boxes for our trade deliveries where possible. We see the beauty in natural materials, from the grain and character of untreated wood through to the golden hues of eco friendly jute."
Ethical Consumer considered Nkuku's approach to sourcing products which used recycled materials a positive initiative.
Nkuku also listed materials it used on its website.
Due to the fact the company had a turnover of less than £10.2m and was considered to be providing an environmental alternative it received Ethical Consumer's best rating for environmental reporting.

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www.nkuku.com (15 August 2018)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Nkuku's website and found that it sold products made from leather. It stated "The leather we use is sourced from India.The leather is a bi-product of the food industry. We carefully select our leather hides and use natural, traditional treatments to retain its individual character. Depending on the leather collection, we use either natural vegetable dyes or azo free chemical dyes."
As leather was a slaughterhouse byproduct the company lost half a mark under Ethical Consumer's animal rights category.
Leather, as the hide of a dead animal, naturally decomposes. To prevent this decomposition the leather industry uses a cocktail of harmful chemicals including trivalent chromium sulphate, sodium sulphide, sodium sulfhydrate, arsenic and cyanide to preserve it. Tannery effluent also contains large amounts of other pollutants, such as protein, hair, salt, lime sludge and acids. These can all pollute the land, air, and water supply making it a highly polluting industry. As a result the company lost half a mark in the Pollution and Toxics category.

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www.nkuku.com (15 August 2018)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Nkuku's website. The company sold items which used wood. Under its materials page it stated "Our mango wood pieces are created from sustainable mango wood. The mango trees are initially grown for their fruit but once they have stopped producing they can be cut down and used to create wood products, this allows farmers to plant more trees and provides them with a supplementary income."
Ethical Consumer considered this to be a positive policy.

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www.nkuku.com (15 August 2018)