In September 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Shared Earth's website for the company's environmental reporting.
Shared Earth's Environmental Policy dated July 2017 was viewed.
It stated "Shared Earth reduces its impact on the environment in the following ways:
-Selling products made from sustainable or recycled materials.
-Working with suppliers to ensure products are manufactured using production methods that are appropriate to the ecology and economy of their country of origin, and do not damage their local environment.
- Using as little packaging as possible (whilst minimising product damage and waste) and using packaging that is easily recyclable or biodegradable.
- Shipping products to the UK by sea rather than air.
- Minimising energy consumption and recycling waste in shop branches and at head office.
- Short and medium distance travel is taken by rail rather than by car or air.
- Accountability through publication of a bi-annual self-assessment report monitoring against standards fixed by the World Fair Trade Organization; this information is freely available to customers.
- Working to raise awareness within both the fair trade movement and the company’s customer base about the importance of environmental issues and the potential impact on world poverty of global warming - and vice-versa."
Ethical Consumer deemed Shared Earth to be providing a social and environmental alternative. As the company had a turnover of less than £10.2m it received Ethical Consumer's best rating for environmental reporting.

Reference:

www.sharedearth.co.uk (22 September 2018)

In September 2018 Ethical Consumer searched the Shared Earth website and found that the company was selling leather products.
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. In addition, as leather is a slaughterhouse by-product, the company lost half a mark in the animal rights category.

Reference:

www.sharedearth.co.uk (22 September 2018)

In September 2018 Ethical Consumer searched the Shared Earth site and found that they sold wooden items that were not FSC certified.

Reference:

www.sharedearth.co.uk (22 September 2018)