Sustainability - Avarcas Australia

Sustainability

All of us play a part in tomorrows future and for that reason, I’ve taken considerable steps in my business [and my home!] to make it a bright one. 

BIODEGRADABLE MAILING BAGS

In September 2019, we made the leap from using plastic mailing satchels to certified home compostable, biodegradable mailing bags. 
 
It looks and feels a hellavalot like plastic, but it's not. Not even close. It is a 100% biodegradable, home-compostable shipping satchel and is made from 70-80% PBAT (PolyButyrate Adipate Terephthalate: a co-polymer that is completely biodegradable and compostable leaving no toxic residues) and 20-30% PLA (PolyLactic Acid; which is a fancy way of saying cornstarch).
 
Our mailing bags are proudly certified by Biodegradable Products Institute, OK Compost / TUV (Europe) and our supply chain complies with ISO 14001, ensuring environmentally ethical production.  In a commercial compostable environment, it will break-down within 90 days. At home, it may take up to 120 days. If it does end up in landfill, it will still biodegrade but will just take a wee bit longer.

PLASTICS 

Single-use plastic is a hard NO from us. We have partnered with RedCycle to ensure all of our soft plastics are reused. You can find your own collection centre at any Coles and Woolworths/Safeway Supermarkets. Each piece of plastic is then transformed into a huge range of recycled plastic products like outdoor furniture, signage and gym equipment. 

PAPER 

We’ve committed to only buying 100% recycled paper. Our office is *almost* paperless but on the odd occasion we do need to print, we do it mindfully. With the array of software available these days [Slack, Google docs, Monday.com and the like], I reckon most of us could adopt this in our own workplaces. 

PRINTING 

We use environmentally friendly printing company Sustainable Printing Co to produce our thank you cards that go with each order. Printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable based inks. 

ENERGY 

We use 100% renewable solar-powered energy at home and in the warehouse. 

Also, we’re all about plants. Indoor plants absorb indoor air pollution and as a result, increase the flow of oxygen. Our favourite plant dealer is Elsk Botanical. They have THE best range of plants going and I’m a sucker for the Mr Kitly x Decor self-watering pots, no plant deaths on my watch!

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