It would be very easy for us to claim eco-friendly credentials by packing and wrapping your order in acres of “recyclable” polythene and plastic.

But we know that facilities and infrastructure for recycling in most African countries do not exist.

That means that most of the recyclable wrapping sent to Africa ends up in landfills, wastelands, beaches and eventually the oceans where it can take many decades or even centuries to degrade, representing a risk to wildlife and marine life for generations to come.

That is not a sustainable option.

Soccer in a Box has gone a step further by making an environmental commitment to you.

This is not just a meaningless claim. We are happy to make the following tangible environmental commitments for our packaging:
  • Nearly everything that we procure for your order is delivered to us in a plastic bag of some kind – every ball, every football shirt, every pair of shorts and almost every single piece of equipment. There are literally hundreds of polythene bags in every order. We will unpack every single item from its original polythene packaging and dispose of it responsibly in the UK where recycling facilities are adequate. We will not export that problem to Africa.

  • None of our products are delicate or fragile. The end-to-end container transport model means that handling and damage risk is relatively low. The means that we will not overpackage your order. There will be no “box inside a box inside a box”. We will use the appropriate packaging to keep things safe and secure, but not more than is needed to reasonably achieve that.
  • Cardboard cartons and packaging will not be laminated or plasticised. Standard, untreated cardboard packaging will naturally biodegrade in an outdoor environment such as a rubbish dump or a landfill with 3 to 4 months.
  • We will use Kraft paper tape, not the environmentally damaging plastic sticky tape.
  • Where padded packaging or wrapping is necessary we will only use oxo-biodegradable bubble wrap and bags, which biodegrades to carbon dioxide, water and biomass within 12 months. Normal polythene bubble wrap can take up to 500 years to completely decompose.

Most of these biodegradable options cost more than their standard plastic counterparts. But we are committed to not exporting environmental damage to Africa or other parts of the world, and we are confident that this will strongly align with your own environmental objectives.

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