Sustainability at Sugru
Our mission is to protect the planet by inspiring and enabling a global movement of everyday repair. As a business we’re also committed to making changes as we go. Below is a bit about where we are today and where we want to be tomorrow.
Let’s end the Waste Age together 🤝
Everyone could fix what they already have instead of buying new all the time?
60% of global greenhouse gas emissions are a result of household consumption including food, heating, travel and… the things we buy.
Fixing our things has the power to reduce this. Every fix is an act of resistance that has the power to create ripples of change. 💪
Where we are today
The past ten years have been a steady path to measuring and reducing our CO2 footprint and overall social and environmental impact.
- London Living Wage Employer and champion since 2012
- Switched to FSC certified paper in all of our packaging in 2017, eliminating single-use plastic from the Sugru outer packs so they are now fully recyclable. (Unfortunately it's not yet possible to eliminate plastic from the sachets).
- Completed our transition to 100% renewable energy in 2019.
- Measured carbon emissions as a company for the first time in 2020 including as much of our supply chain as possible such as operations, materials and logistics.
- Certified Carbon Neutral after offsetting all of our CO2 emissions via Gold Standard projects in 2021
We know that offsetting is not enough. That’s why we’re in the process of outlining a range of sustainability targets including CO2 reduction and starting to map our path towards Net Zero.
Can we be CO2 negative through repair?
Our work has just begun. In 2022 we will expand the scope of our measurement to include shipping and delivery, and even Sugru’s ‘in use’ lifecycle stage.
By taking a full life cycle approach, our dream is to become measurably CO2 negative via community repair. Can it be done? We’re giving it our best shot and working with some of the most experienced people in the world on the model. Watch this space!
How sustainable is Sugru Mouldable Glue as a material?
It’s a question we’re asked a lot. Sugru is a new type of silicone material designed and built to last. When we fix something, we want it to stay fixed. The downside to this of course is that the product is not biodegradable.
When inventing Sugru, we chose durability over biodegradability. In the future, we may not have to make this difficult choice, but with today’s available technology, we do.
As we look to the long term, developing and transitioning to fully circular material technologies will become an increasing focus for the team. We are always happy to hear from potential collaborators to source and invent the fixing and packaging materials of the future - so if that sounds like you, do get in touch at [email protected]
Sustainability is not enough
Sometimes we struggle with the word ‘sustainability’. It suggests that we want to maintain the status quo. This is the opposite of what we want to do.
Sugru founder, Jane: "As a society, we're on the cusp of positive systemic change. We want to play our part, together with our parent company tesa SE, in doing what we can to help create solutions and systems of the future - whether they be technical (e.g. innovations) or social (e.g. behaviour change).
As a business, we prioritise people-positive outcomes for our staff and customers. Together, as a community, we are changing the world with every fix, to imagine new and better ways of living. Join us!"
“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”
Mark Twain Mark Twain
“In a disposable society, to repair is to rebel.” “In a disposable society, to repair is to rebel.”
The Economist The Economist
"What if our planet had more fixers?" "What if our planet had more fixers?"
Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, Sugru founder & fixer in chief Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, Sugru founder & fixer in chief
"Using Sugru feels good. You feel clever, resourceful, green." "Using Sugru feels good. You feel clever, resourceful, green."
J from the US - A happy Sugru fixer J from the US - A happy Sugru fixer