BackEarth Greetings Environmental Policy
Earth Greetings are dedicated to sustainable design.
The Earth Considered
Earth Greetings recognise the dire need to consider the impact on the Earth in everything we produce, consume and throw away.
We also recognise that printing and paper production has the potential to cause many and varied detrimental environmental effects, and is a significant contributor to global warming.
The biggest single threat to our 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.
We believe that unless we recognise and consider our impact on the Earth and our reliance on its air, water and resources, this destruction will ultimately lead to our own demise as humans. Our aim at Earth Greetings is to do the absolute best we can to ensure we are using the most Earth considered means possible to create our products, and in doing so provide an Earth friendly alternative.
Earth Considered 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 Considered 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 Considered Packaging
- cards are packaged for wholesale in 100% post-consumer recycled paper bags
- display stands are made of recycled cardboard or durable powder-coated steel
- packaging is 100% biodegradable
- packaging is kept to a minimum with no unnecessary extras
- we avoid the use of plastics.
Earth Considered Office
Our aim is to operate in such a way as to have minimal impact on the Earth’s environment by:
- using & re-using 100% post-consumer recycled or bamboo paper for in-office printing
- recycling all office waste and composting food waste
- refilling and recycling toner cartridges
- using energy efficient light bulbs
- we planted trees and shrubs native to our area outside the office & have our own salad garden so we can 'eat local'
- cycling, walking or catching public transport to work whenever possible
- using 100% accredited Green Power
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.