Treading lightly is at the heart of our purpose at Earth Greetings. Our sustainability policy is to aim for the lightest possible planetary footprint when we create our products, to help people to connect, care and celebrate whilst contributing to a brighter future for wildlife and our planet.
- We manufacture locally, and in Australia wherever possible, to reduce transportation emissions
- We choose 100% post-consumer waste for our paper products, made by environmentally certified mills
- We choose vegetable based printing ink and use a carbon neutral printer dedicated to sustainability
- We ensure our products are recyclable or biodegradable
- We completely avoid plastic packaging
- We ensure all of our products are vegan and non-toxic
- We are a carbon neutral business and so are all of our products, which are offset through our investment in the Carbon Neutral Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor
- We operate our office/warehouse premises on solar power
- We aim for zero waste, and recycle or compost everything we can to avoid waste
- We donate over 10% of profit to organisations caring for wildlife and habitat
Earth Friendly Printing
Earth Greetings choose printers who are dedicated to a sustainable 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
- 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 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
We operate in such a way as to have minimal impact on the Earth’s environment by:
- running our office and warehouse on solar power
- donating a minimum 10% of profit to environmental organisations
- manufacturing locally where possible
- using 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 such as LED's in our warehouse
- planting native trees and shrubs outside our workplace and providing water for birds
- cycling, walking or catching public transport to work whenever possible
- avoiding the creation of greenhouse gas emissions wherever possible, and for those we can't avoid we offset
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.
10% For The Planet Fund
To contribute toward a brighter future for wildlife and our planet, Earth Greetings donate over 10% of all profit to organisations caring for wildlife and habitat. Some of the organisations we donate to include:
Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital Treating sick and injured koalas with the aim of returning them to the wild. Earth Greetings have donate 5% of all sales to the hospital in September during Save the Koala Month.
Adelaide Koala Rescue 24 hour rescue service from koalas in South Australia.
Animals Australia Works to protect the most vulnerable and abused animals in our society.
Animal Rescue Cooperative ARC teams support immediate fire and disaster response to help animals. Earth Greetings have sponsored a fire trailer, to help bring water to fire prone areas faster in the 2020 bushfire season.
Bob Brown Foundation In this age of rapid destruction of the biosphere, attended by cynicism and pessimism, Bob's foundation uses ecological reality and optimism to promote real environmental wins protecting ecosystems, species and wild and scenic heritage.
Fauna Rescue of SA Works to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release. They believe in the successful method of soft release wildlife and always try to release as close as possible to the rescue scene, so that the animal can return to it’s colony.
Friends of the Earth Friends of the Earth campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues.
Koalas in Care 24 hour Koala rescue service covering Greater Taree, Great lakes and Gloucester NSW.
Nature Conservation Council of NSW Working towards ending deforestation, marine conservation and improving air quality and clean energy.
The Rescue Collective A community that supports animal rescue, wildlife organizations and their volunteers across the East Coast of Australia.
Save the Bilby Fund Save the Bilby Fund aims to secure the long-term future for bilbies in the wild.
Trees for Life Trees For Life is a non-profit community group dedicated to revegetation and the protection of threatened and valuable bushland in South Australia. Earth Greetings are a major sponsor of Trees For Life, and have directly enabled them to plant over 50,000 native tree seedlings with our donations since 2008.
The Wilderness Society The Wilderness Society is a community-based environmental advocacy organisation whose mission is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution of life on Earth.
Wildlife Victoria A not for profit Victorian Emergency Response Service to assist native wildlife in need.
WIRES Australia's largest wildlife rescue organisation.
Bushfire Emergency Response
Bushfires have a devestating effect on wildlife, and the 2020 bushfires that raged throughout Australia were the worst we had ever seen. Earth Greetings have donated over $13,000 to organisations caring for and rescuing wildlife after bushfires since 2020, and are dedicated to continuing to respond where needed. You can read more about our Bushfire 2020 Emergency response here.
Acknowledgement of Country
Earth Greetings acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land in which we work, the Kaurna people, and the Traditional Owners who have country throughout Australia and have nurtured this land for tens of thousands of years. We recognise their continuing connection to the land and wildlife, and their sovereignty which has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to their Elders, past present and emerging.