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FGB & the Environment

Environmental Responsibility & Sustainability

FGB Natural Products’ philosophy is for safe, natural and effective products. FGB is committed to operating ethically as a responsible corporate citizen. The Company strives to adopt both socially and environmentally sustainable practices throughout the business.

Eucalyptus Oil Production

Eucalyptus Oil is a fantastic example of an environmentally friendly, sustainable and renewable resource. Bosisto’s ‘Parrot’ Brand Eucalyptus Oil is produced from 5,000 hectares of unique natural forest in the Inglewood and Wedderburn districts of central Victoria. It is a natural, renewable resource which does not harm the eco-system or the environment.

The oil produced is derived from ‘Blue Mallee’ (Eucalyptus polybractea) known to produce the most potent medicinal oil from all of the hundreds of Eucalyptus species tested.

The Blue Mallee only grows to waist height before being harvested every two years. The roots are hundreds of years old and repeatedly send up new growth after each harvest.

The land on which the Blue Mallee has been regularly cut every two years has the purest and healthiest stands.  Some areas have been harvested for 100 years with no evidence of damage to the trees.  It appears the Blue Mallee thrive under these conditions which are not unlike the regular burning off by the initial Aboriginal inhabitants, thereby creating a natural firebreak.

There is also no evidence of damage to flora or fauna – in fact, wild flowers and native plants flourish in this environment, as they cannot survive under large trees with no natural light. 
The harvesting also provides ground cover against feral predators so in fact benefits native birds and animals by providing shelter and a safe refuge.

In summary:

  • There is no harm to native wildlife
  • Harvesting improves the diversity of floral species
  • Harvesting reduces the risk of fire
  • No pesticides or fertilisers are used in the process
  • Harvesting improves soil quality
  • The by-product biomass is used in the production as fuel and excess can be recycled and used for gardening, breaking down to organic humus.

 

During the growth of trees, no herbicide, pesticide, fertiliser, additives or irrigation is used.  The trees are simply natural stands and use the sun, soil and rain for growth. Any electricity use at the farm is from a “Green Earth Account” with 20% of supply from wind derived activity.

National Packaging Covenant

Since 2005 FGB has been a signatory of the National Packaging Covenant. This aims to
reduce waste through consumer packaging and developing economically viable and
sustainable practices.

FGB initiatives include:

  • 100% recycling of plastic waste
  • 100% recycling of cardboard waste
  • 100% recycling of office paper
  • Using recyclable containers – glass, plastic and steel
  • Cardboard shippers contain 38% to 80% recycled cardboard and paper
  • Re-using cardboard packaging in production
  • Re-using cardboard packaging for postal purposes
  • Compressing plastic waste which greatly reduces the volume to be transported for the plastic to be recycled
  • Replacing glass with PET plastic bottles. PET is fully recyclable and lighter than glass. It helps reduce weight, breakage and is easier to handle and distribute plus is more fuel efficient to transport.
  • Using bulk plastic containers rather than steel drums for large volume product. The containers are reusable and recyclable, plus is lighter so more fuel efficient to transport
  • An Auditing Program to monitor large hard rubbish and determine if any can be recycled or eliminated
  • On-going packaging reviews to add the recycle symbol on products and to make packaging more environmentally friendly
  • Ensuring starting materials are packed in containers that can be recycled - more than 95% of packaging for FGB’s starting materials is recyclable.
  • Promote proper disposal of industrial and consumable batteries

General Office

  • Individual paper recycling boxes and central shredder and paper bins recycle all paper and separate paper from general waste
  • Recycled paper bins are collected only once both bins are full, on average
    once per month, so fuel used to transport their contents has not been wasted
  • Office paper reduction by regular updates to encourage reduced print-outs
    and duplex printing
  • Purchase re-manufactured printer cartridges where possible.  Re-manufactured cartridges have been used, cleaned and then re-filled with cartridge toner.  FGB recycles used cartridge toners by returning them to our supplier. This reduces the number of cartridge toners being disposed of as general waste, helping to reduce landfill.
  • Recycle all glass, plastic and aluminium bottles and cans with a central recycling bin in lunch area plus additional bins in each kitchen 
  • Use eucalyptus oil as an environmentally sound cleaner
  • Undercover bike rack to encourage riding to work, used regularly
  • Energy conservation through turning off lights / machines when not in use
  • Utilises natural light in most offices to reduce need for overhead lights
  • Use durable crockery, cutlery and cups to reduce waste from disposables
  • Use fluorescent bulbs which can last between 4-15 times longer than incandescent (depending on model and brand) and use approximately one fifth less energy. Current lights in the office are of a “daylight” standard so provide a more natural light in the office which is easier on eyes.
  • Encourage turning off lights by using “light saving stickers” to remind people to “switch off”
  • Use Bosisto’s Eucalyptus environmentally friendly bags to reduce plastic bag use

Packaging Materials

  • Product samples to post use EnviroBubble wrap.
    EnviroBubble: a bio-degradable bubble wrap that incorporates EPI’s (Environmental Products Incorporated) Totally Degradable Plastic Additives.  Using EnviroBubble reduces landfill volume, reduces greenhouse gas effects
    and reduces plastic pollution.
  • During transit, Envirofill cushioning material is used.
    Envirofill: manufactured from Australian grown wheat ground by local millers.
    A natural renewable raw material, it is reusable 100% biodegradable and easily disposed of in landfill.

 

           
 
 

Premises

The warehouse on Bunney Rd is based on an environmentally friendly building design. 

Environmentally friendly aspects include:

  • Two 35,000 litre water tanks capture rain water from the roof which is used for the reticulated sprinkler system and is the sole method of watering the garden
  • Landscaping such as planting drought tolerant trees such as eucalyptus and native trees to reduce water requirements, plus using mulch (a by product from eucalyptus oil production) to further reduce water needs
  • SkyCool, a roof coating, reflects the heat from the building which reduces cooling requirements