Minimising our environmental impact

As Australia’s largest supplier of resources to schools, we are committed to promoting sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment, to help build a brighter future for generations to come.

Recycling

We recycle our cartons and cardboard.

Each year, Campion Education recycles more than 25 tonnes of cardboard.

100% of the funds generated from our cardboard recycling are donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society, assisting people experiencing poverty and inequality and working to shape a more just and compassionate society. In the last year, the funds raised from recycling went to the Vinnies Home Assist programme, assisting families who are struggling to pay their rent for a period of up to 12 months to get them back on their feet and stay in their homes.

Find out more about the St Vincent de Paul Society here: www.vinnies.org.au

Each year, the recycling of 25 tonnes of cardboard is equivalent to savings of:°

More than 90,000 km driven² or more than 15 tonnes of CO2e*

More than 4,000 bath tubs of water¹

Approximately 150 houses’ energy for a month²

More than 300 wheelie bins of waste³

Packaging

Campion Education strives to utilise packaging options that are environmentally sustainable, Australian made and recyclable or re-usable wherever possible, without compromising the quality of our products and services.

Boxes

Campion Education’s boxes are made from 100% recycled material and are also 100% recyclable, simply place them in your recycling bin.

Packing Pellets

Some of our deliveries use Envirofill packing pellets in the boxes to provide cushioning and protect your products.

These pellets are made in Australia with Australian wheat starch and other raw materials.

Envirofill pellets are 100% biodegradable and water-soluble. They can be safely disposed of in your compost, or easily dissolved in warm water in your sink.

Find out more about how quickly the pellets disappear under warm water.

Air Pillows

For some of our deliveries, your products are protected with void fill air pillows.

Our supplier is a member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, The alliance is committed to develop, deploy and bring to scale solutions to reuse, recover and recycle plastics to keep them out of the environment.

Find out more here: endplasticwaste.org

 

Retail Bags

Most of our Retail Service Centres use bags that are 60 microns in thickness, re-usable and 100% degradable, and we are working towards all centres across the nation using these bags by 2020. The bags contain an additive called EPI, a totally degradable plastic additive (TDPA) that is used to help break down the molecules that hold the plastic together, so that it degrades, shatters and eventually biodegrades. Our degradable retail bags have a life of approximately 3 years once they are exposed to sunlight and water, so they can be re-used many times before they begin to degrade.

Find out more here: www.epi-global.com

Note: The Victorian Government implemented a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags on 1 November 2019. All of our Retail Service Centres in Victoria use EPI degradable bags 60 um in thickness, which are fully compliant.

Printing

Reducing our printing each year

Campion Education has an ongoing focus on reducing the amount of printing and paper we use as a business, actively monitoring and working to reduce office printing. Our laser print cartridges are also recycled at our three main sites.

We are also working with our school customers to reduce printing and with their help, for the 2019 back-to-school season we significantly reduced the number of printed resource lists, saving more than 400 trees worth of paper. Thank you to our schools for their ongoing commitment to helping us to reduce our environmental impact.

Environmental Accreditations

Campion Education chooses to partner with suppliers who are committed to a sustainable approach and reducing their environmental impact. Here are some of our key suppliers’ environmental accreditations.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®)

FSC® certification follows the wood from the forest to the final product, providing a guarantee to consumers that the timber or paperboard used came from responsibly managed forests.

Our key stationery suppliers are certified with the FSC® standard. The FSC® Trademark enables consumers to choose products that support forest conservation, offer social benefits, and enable the market to provide an incentive for better forest management.

Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™)

PEFC™ is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management globally.

With more than 300 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC™ is the world’s largest forest certification system. PEFC™ works throughout the entire supply chain to promote good practice in forests and to ensure that all forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Our key stationery suppliers are certified with the PEFC™ standard.

Carbon Trust Standard

The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations that take a best practice approach to measuring and managing their environmental impacts, achieving real reductions in these year-on-year, providing a framework for organisations to enhance their operational sustainability, improve efficiency and resource management at the same time as cutting costs. One of our major publishing suppliers is accredited against the Carbon Trust Standard.

Quality System Certification – Environmental (ISO 14001:2015) Management System

ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organisation can use to enhance its environmental performance. Our key stationery supplier is certified with ISO 14001:2015, helping them to manage environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

°Data for cardboard – cartons (Commercial & Industrial and Construction & Demolition recycling only) contained in Table 4 (p.14) Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW (2010) Environmental Benefits of Recycling, DECCW, Sydney South
*“Everyday” greenhouse gas emission savings expressed as number of kilometers driven by an average new passenger and light commercial vehicle (206.6g CO2e / km). National Transport Commission (2012) Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Australian Vehicles 2011 Information Paper
¹“Everyday” water savings corresponding to average sized bath tubs (0.175 kL capacity)
²“Everyday” cumulative energy demand savings expressed as average household monthly electricity requirements (500 kWh). 1GJ LHV = 278kWh (GJ LHV = Giga-joules of fossil energy (low heating value); kWh = Kilowatt hour)
³“Everyday” solid waste savings represented by number of average sized wheelie bins (55kg capacity)