Eco Ethics

This category is all about the environmental philosophy and ethics behind our hemp products and the way we do business

Hemp Doesnt Cost the Earth

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Below is an article sent to us by Sativa, the maker of our hemp bags.  It describes their environmental policies and ethos. At Cobra Supplies, we are 100% supportive of such a forward thinking company.

“Imagine … a plant growing in harmony with the earth, harvested by the sun, flourishing without need of herbicide or pesticide. As it grows, it suppresses weeds, returning nutrients to the earth via its roots and fallen leaves. Imagine a plant whose durability and versatility has sustained civilisations old and new. Its core, fibres, flowers and seeds yielding raw material for almost every conceivable human need. That plant is hemp. We at Sativa proudly support hemp’s eco-friendly cultivation and use …”

The passage above is the opening text in booklets that we Sativa provide with every hemp-based product that we sell. We are proud of the design and function of all the bags that we make; but above all it is our hemp bags that are the greatest source of pride. We passionately advocate its eco-friendly qualities and are keen to promote awareness of this under-used material in the public consciousness through describing its eco-friendly virtues. We believe that by promoting awareness of hemp’s properties, and drawing attention to how cultivation of hemp has been suppressed by those with a vested interest in maintaining the dominance of rival materials, we can encourage buyers of our product to actively favour other hemp based products over their less environmentally-friendly rivals.

Not only is hemp acknowledged as amongst the most eco-friendly raw material to cultivate, but its great durability means that our bags age well and so will serve their purpose for longer, fostering a sustainable lifestyle. Furthermore, we strive to run our business in a green way, through the use of recyclable packaging and only shipping rather than using air-freight. We recently switched over to UPS as our preferred UK courier due to the company’s commitment to environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Within the business community we also promote the idea that an ethical and environmentally conscious business model is possible – that high profits and principled ethics can go hand in hand.

We also believe that an appreciation of wider ethical concerns go hand in hand with an awareness of green issues. Fundamentally, we believe that respect for the rights and welfare of our workers can translate to a greater respect that our workers have for the environment. All our products are manufactured in a single family-run factory in China. Our relationship with the family has evolved over the years; we regularly visit and have actively promoted awareness of green issues amongst the owners and workers. Working conditions at the factory satisfy the highest standards, with clients such as the WWF and the Amnesty International Eden Project paying testament to our eco-aware and ethical business practices.

In conclusion, our company seeks to provide products with a manufacturing and delivery life-cycle that is as environmentally friendly as possible, and to raise awareness that the purchase of a hemp-based product is a small but nevertheless important part of a necessary revolution in the way we nurture and make use of the Earth’s resources, a way that will sustain the harmonious co-evolution of man and the planet on which we all live.