Living in this world in an eco-friendly way is not easy. There are factors over which we have no control. Here at earthYARD we look at what we CAN control and how we can offset those that we can not.
To do this we need to look at what we do and how we do it.
Wrap and Fill.
We choose to use Geami WrapPak recycled paper fill instead of bubble wrap to wrap our products. This paper is reusable, recyclable, compostable and is sustainably sourced further reducing the carbon footprint of your order.
Our box fill is called Bio-Fill and is 100% biodegradable made from potato and corn starch. It can completely dissolve in water leaving no harmful residues or can be disposed of with household rubbish as it completely breaks down.
Bottles and Jars
Our small bottles 15mL, 25mL and 100ml are always packed in glass so these can be reused. Our larger bottles 500mL, 1L and 5L are sent in plastic. We’re not a fan of plastic but unfortunately until we have successfully designed a lightweight vessel that both protects the product and the environment (a project which we are working on with a number of partners) our only solution here is to reuse, recycle or reimagine.
We have provided plenty of tips and ideas about how you can reimagine your plastic bottles for practical purposes around the home and garden. You can read about these solutions here.
Return to Refill.
This is a new initiative for us. Simply fill up a box with your used vessels up to 10kg (plastic and aluminium only please) and request a returns label through our Australia Post portal. Fix it to the box and we’ll recondition your bottles and re-use them. Once they reach a stage where they can no longer be re-used we will send them off to be recycled into new plastic bottles.
1 Shipment = 1 Tree
For every order, we ship or returns box we receive we plant 1 tree. We split our carbon capture tree selection between new oil-producing trees and habitat creation trees. We choose new oil-producing trees Australia needs to increase its capacity to produce so that we can limit our imports and keep supporting local – like Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Geranium and more. Did you know that a growing tree is worth more in carbon credits than an old tree? That means that whenever we harvest a tree it regrows capturing more carbon with each cycle than if we left it to grow.
This is of course not the only reason we need trees and whilst our oil producing trees are not habitat-forming, we choose to also plant habitat-forming trees such as pine and native eucalypts that are not oil-producing to provide increased refuges for our native animals.
We will continue to look for new innovations to help us to further reduce our carbon footprint. Every little bit counts.