Social ResponsibilityOur team is committed to doing our part to reverse the damage done to the environment. We are constantly seeking new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and give back to communities.
Most recently, we have been transitioning our customers from using a printed price list to our digital version (requires log-in to view on the downloads page). We appreciate your support in helping us to use less paper by downloading a digital price list or viewing it online.
Many years ago, we stopped using Styrofoam peanuts for packing and instead use a biodegradable product made from cornstarch. Wherever possible we re-use and recycle boxes and other packing materials that we receive from our suppliers, such as newsprint.
We encourage each other by keeping recycling bins accessible throughout our warehouse, and also share the bounty from our gardens and homes with each other.
Many of the countries we currently buy from, including Bali, Guatemala and India, support various artisan communities through their own social responsibility initiatives. This is a form of fair trade, where income is being used to support a diverse group of small manufacturers and families.
We only purchase minerals from suppliers with the correct mining certificates which establish their operations as safe and environmentally sound.
Locally, within our community, we actively support various charities including, Variety Club the Children's Charity, The Salvation Army, The Community Arts Council of Richmond, The Food Bank, as well as the Annual Nite of Hope event to fight Breast Cancer.
It doesn't stop there; many of our customers hold events to raise funds and awareness for various charities throughout the country and we try to honour as many requests for auction items or door prizes as we can.