Waste Warriors

Waste Warriors

Minimising Waste

Our practice is to re-use, repurpose and recycle as much as possible – not only at our Head Office and print facility in Sydney, but throughout our Design Studios in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, we have set up a task team called Waste Warriors to regularly assess our efforts to minimise waste.

APCO member

Beyond Best Practice – 2022

We are APCO members and achieved a Beyond Best Practice overall performance level for the reporting period January – December 2022. This means we have received the highest performance level and made significant progress on our packaging sustainability journey.

Waste Warriors Materialised
Back row: Alyssa Collier (VIC), Catherine McGowan (NSW), Richelle Delpopolo (NSW), Emilia Skarbek-Newman (WA), Brigitte Marlot (NSW), Donna Howley (NSW) Front row: Julie Richards (NSW), Carol McMillan (NZ)

Waste Warrior Initiatives

  • All spent print paper and cardboard tubes (cores) are reused or recycled. We purchased a cardboard crusher to maximise storage space and make it more efficient to manage our recycling. M&K Muscat Waste Paper pick up waste paper and waste cardboard from us weekly (on average 2.5 tonne per month) and it is all recycled into corrugated packing card.
  • Excess print paper is reused to pack our fabric and wall covering sampling.
  • Samples are posted from Sydney in compostable bags where possible.
  • Clear soft plastics are separated and picked up weekly by Veolia to be recycled.
  • A blue bin has been purchased for 10 cent bottles, with revenue donated to our charity committee for fundraising events.
  • Donna has created pouches to dispose of pens, cans and batteries which are emptied at waste disposal sites such as Officeworks and Bunnings.
  • For other waste such as coffee pods we have a Terracycle Zero Waste Box.
  • A compost bin has been set up at Head Office and feeds our courtyard garden.
  • Fabric samples are donated to local schools, churches and aged care facilities providing textile resources for craft, artwork, cushions, bags and scarves for charity auctions and raffles.
  • We also donate fabrics to charities such as Salvation Army, Darwin Community Arts, Habitat For Humanity, Beauty Bank and Boomerang Bags.
  • Juvenile Justice Victoria also receive donations-in-kind.
  • Reading glasses have been collected and donated to Lions Recycled for Sight Aus & NZ.
charity partner
Darwin Community Arts
The Beauty Bank
The Beauty Bank
Boomerang Bags
Boomerang Bags
charity partner
Care2Cure Brain Cancer