How we do our bit to protect the environment.
We can all do out little bit to protect the environment, to make the world a cleaner, better place for future generations. There are a lot of things we have no control over, such as how much packaging, and the type of packaging, for things we order. However, where we do have control, we should try and do our best.
A large number of people making small changes adds up to large changes, so whilst our individual efforts may seem futile in the face of overwhelming problems, everyone acting together for the common good can help things.
All StaRFIshrail products meet ROHS (Reduction Of Hazardous Substances) regulations. The components, boards and soldering all use "lead free" processes, and other hazardous substances, such as cadmium, are also not used. This means less pollution during the manufacturing process, and less pollution when items are disposed of (though you, the user, should make sure any unwanted electronic devices are disposed of properly - most local waste sites have provision for this).
As far as is possible, StaRFIshrail uses UK based suppliers. The pcbs are manufactured in Rochdale, and the assembly is done in Leicester. This means tighter environmental standards than if these processes were done in the Far East, both in terms of material handling, and electricity generation. It also means less transportation.
There is a large amount of plastic used in packaging, and some of this can be recycled, depending on what the local authority handles. However, most plastic packaging tends to end up in the general landfill.
StaRFIshrail uses only fully, easily recyclable packaging. The boxes, bags and fill material protecting your products are all paper-based, and can thus be recycled everywhere. This includes any sticky tape, as this is paper tape as well.
Protecting the electronics require anti-static bags, and these are usually plastic. However, StaRFIsh rail uses a new product for anti-static bags that is compostible, and the label sealing and identifying the product as also compostible, so you can just put them in your normal garden compost. If you cannot do this, then these bags can simply be dissolved in hot water, leaving no harmful residue in the waste water. See the pdf below for more information.