Earth Friendly Policy
Earth Greetings are dedicated to being 100% Earth friendly.
We recognise that printing and paper production in particular has the potential to cause many and varied detrimental environmental effects, and is a significant contributor to global warming.
One of the biggest single threats to forests is their conversion into woodchips, pulp and paper. When we destroy forests, we destroy the homes of many native animal and plant species. Our oceans, waterways and their inhabitants are being polluted and damaged by exposure to toxic paper mill effluent & printer waste.
Additionally, the Earth and it's oceans are filling up with plastic waste which is having a catastrophic effect on wildlife.
Whilst we believe that consuming less should be our ultimate aim, buying nothing is not always practical. Our goal at Earth Greetings is to do the absolute best we can to ensure we are treading as lightly on the Earth as possible when we create our products, and in doing so provide you with a genuinely Earth friendly alternative.
Earth Friendly Printing
Earth Greetings choose printers who consider the environment in the printing process. This means ensuring:
- water use minimisation,
- digital to plate printing (less chemicals, energy & waste),
- the use of vegetable based inks (an alternative to greenhouse gas emitting mineral oil based inks containing toxic volatile organic compounds),
- alcohol free printing (less greenhouse gas emissions),
- the recycling or reusing of waste,
- low chemical and solvent usage and
- energy efficient production.
Earth Friendly Paper
Earth Greetings choose paper stocks which:
- contain 100% post-consumer waste,
- are not chlorine bleached - eliminating highly toxic dioxin as a residue and
- are made by environmentally certified mills (EMS, ISO 14001 or EMAS) that recycle or capture waste before it enters the environment.
- are carbon offset where available
Earth Friendly Zero Waste Packaging
- our products come 'naked' with no plastic or cello packaging
- cardboard box packaging is made locally from 100% post-consumer waste
- cards are supplied to retailers in 100% post-consumer recycled paper bags
- display stands are made of recycled cardboard or durable powder-coated steel
- we re-use boxes and any packaging which comes to us from our suppliers
- packaging is kept to a minimum with no unnecessary extras
- occasionally if extra packing is needed for fragile freight, we use Eco-Bubble, a recyclable wrap made from cornstarch
Earth Friendly Business
Our aim is to operate in such a way as to have minimal impact on the Earth’s environment by:
- using & re-using Australian made, 100% post-consumer recycled paper for in-office printing
- aim for zero waste and recycle everything possible
- composting food waste in our composter
- refilling and recycling all toner cartridges
- using energy efficient light bulbs
- planting native trees and shrubs outside our workplace and providing water for birds
- cycling, walking or catching public transport to work whenever possible
- using 100% accredited Green Power
- 10% of our after tax profit is donated to Earth friendly organisations
We're Carbon Neutral
Earth Greetings recognise that greenhouse gas emissions are a contributor to global warming and are created in the day to day running of our business for example producing all of our products, freighting orders, the cars our reps drive, the planes we catch and the electricity we consume. Earth Greetings first seek to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and take responsibility for those we can't via an annual emissions audit and the purchasing of carbon offsets.
Earth Greetings has partnered with Carbon Neutral to offset our unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions with mixed native-species reforestation in Australia. The biodiverse trees planted through the purchase of our carbon credits help to reduce carbon emissions, salinity and erosion, provide habitat for wildlife and improve water quality in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor - located in one of the world’s biodiversity ‘hotspots'.
Earth Greetings believe that trees are an important contributor to mitigating climate change and helping our natural environment and wildlife. Trees absorb carbon and store it in their stems, roots and branches. They then release oxygen molecules back into the atmosphere. Trees also improve soil quality by reducing salinity and creating important wind breaks. Reforestation and revegetation zones are important for re-establishing native flora and fauna as they create food, shelter and nesting habitats.
Trees For Life Sponsorship
Earth Greetings sponsor local environmental not for profit Trees For Life through sales of our Christmas Card Packs. Every pack sold plants a native tree! Through our donations since 2008, we have directly enabled Trees For Life to plant over 40,000 trees to revegitate arid farmland, mitigate carbon pollution, prevent erosion and provide homes for native wildlife.
Save The Koala Month
Earth Greetings donate 5% of all webstore sales in September to the Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital who treat sick and injured koalas and wildlife, and where possible release them back into the wild.