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Spice business teams up with card seller in impromptu recycling link-up  

Spice Kitchen UK uses locally sourced recycled cardboard boxes for it's packaging. Image: Spice Kitchen UK

Sanjay Aggarwal has been running his online artisan spice business, Spice Kitchen, for more than two years, and using old packaging from a local card wholesaler has been an “ideal partnership”. 

Sanjay created Spice Kitchen back in 2013 as a hobby for his mother in her retirement. But the company grew to become much bigger than expected and they now sell online on more than 12 platforms including eBay, Not on the High Street and Etsy. 

Shortly after setting up shop, they got in touch with a local card wholesaler, Greetings House, in Walsall, asking to recycle cardboard boxes that the card-selling business discarded every day.  

Sanjay said: "Our recycling partnership with Greetings House has been fundamental to our success. We are able to pass on the cost savings made on packaging directly on to our customers in conjunction with ensuring we are a green, socially responsible company. This is incredibly important for us as business owners as well as national and international customers who are more and more looking to buy from ethical, green companies.”

Sanjay sources spices from around the world for his products and he is due to travel to Brussels later in the year, following an invitation by eBay, to talk to European policy makers about e-commerce and the digital economy. He estimates that Spice Kitchen uses about 1,000 boxes each year, and that this will soon climb to 2,000.

"We encourage more small businesses to find local companies to them who may be throwing away packaging, and to reuse and recycle where they can," said Sanjay.

By Lucy

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