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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 weedicide, 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.

Large Scale Plantations for Eucalyptus Oil Production

In addition to current harvesting, FGB’s Bosisto’s brand has embarked upon an ambitious project to dramatically increase eucalyptus oil production in Australia, through the biggest agricultural experiment in the history of the eucalyptus industry.

Since 2000, Bosisto’s has formed a strong partnership with the University of Melbourne and created a joint R&D program to substantially increase oil yield from blue mallee eucalypts, which grow naturally in the Inglewood‐Wedderburn district.

The project has relied on collecting, growing and seeding high yielding trees through the development of seed orchards with a view to establishing plantations for the production of eucalyptus oil. The objective, to substantially increase the amount of eucalyptus oil extracted from blue mallee eucalypts, will allow for greater productivity in eucalyptus oil harvesting and distilling and re‐establish Australia as a major
producer of eucalyptus oil in the global market.

With around 4 million trees already planted to date the project continues to gain momentum.

Importantly, Bosisto’s is establishing plantations on marginal farming land and the reestablishment of mallees on this land provides better agricultural and economic outcomes for the local region, as well environmental benefits in the form of carbon sequestration, erosion and
salinity control.

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 (eg forklift) and consumable batteries (eg digital thermometers)
  • Arrangement with the suppliers to return rejected goods for rework
  • All ewaste is fully recycled as part of the Australian Government TV and Computer Recycling Scheme

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

Cleaning

  • Within the office area as much as possible, Bosisto’s cleaning products are used
  • Internal cleaning on the production lines is completed using green cleaning materials, certified for food grade and therapeutic product grade cleaning.

Packaging Materials

  • Products posted use inflatable air cushions are used which are reusable, recyclable and ecofriendly. They do not create any toxological hazard.
  • If necessary, we use bubble wrap that contains a minimum of 10% recycled content and is 100% Australian made.
           
 
 

Premises

A new office building was opened in November 2016 on the Clarinda Road site. The intention for the building was to highlight the ‘natural’ philosophy of the business and products by incorporating natural and sustainable elements. It has been designed specifically according to reduced environmental impact and best utilising the natural light. A Sustainability Management Plan was enacted, with the following are some of the key highlight initiatives;

  • Efficient air‐conditioning systems
  • Double glazing throughout
  • Solar‐pre heated, gas‐powered hot water system
  • Low lighting density levels, including motion sensors ‐ the choice of lighting used equating to an annual CO2 reduction of 315.55 tonnes
  • Specification of finishes with low‐volatile organic compounds, all external materials used are non‐toxic
  • Extensive glazing, along with clerestory highlight windows and 3 light courts provides exceptional natural daylighting to the open office areas
  • Water‐efficient fittings and fixtures
  • Diversion of rainfall runoff into a 20,000L rainwater tank for use in toilet flushing for toilets
  • Only sustainable timber to be used throughout
  • Reinforcing steel to be composed of 100% recycled material
  • Seven undercover and secure bicycle racks
  • Recycling bins built into kitchen area

Overall compliance with the various sustainability benchmarking tools were achieved, in that:

  • The proposed design exceeds the minimum level of compliance required to achieve a Best Practice design level with the Sustainable Design Scorecard (SDS) tool; and
  • Best practice stormwater treatment objective targets were achieved for the treatment of stormwater runoff from the site.

In addition, the warehouses 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
  • SkyCool, a roof coating, reflects the heat from the building which reduces cooling requirements
  • Roof sky lights to reduce the need for artificial lighting and increase indoor environment quality

The total site has landscaping initiatives such as planting drought tolerant trees such as eucalyptus, tea tree and native trees to reduce water requirements, plus using mulch (a byproduct from eucalyptus oil production) to further reduce water needs. There are over 3500 plants and shrubs on the site. No mains water is used on the garden, all water will be captured from diverted rainwater through retention tanks.

Social & environmental responsibility – Ethical sourcing

Felton Grimwade & Bosisto’s (FGB) is committed to conducting its business in a way which ensures fair, ethical and sustainable operational practices. As such, it is important that staff and suppliers understand the obligations and expectations in relation to
‐ human rights standards
‐ ethical sourcing
‐ sustainable procurement

As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable procurement, the following are undertaken:

  • All packaging is assessed to confirm it can be recycled, this information is clearly available on the labels and product information
  • Where possible, products are assessed to include recyclable material in the packaging
  • All products are reviewed to ensure the minimum packaging is used and packaging is reduced where practicable
  • Significant improvements have been made to packaging including moving eucalyptus oil products from glass bottles to PET and a re‐design of the Euky Bear Vaporiser to reduce the total packaging footprint

For a more detailed Corporate position on Ethical Sourcing, please see the FGB Ethical Sourcing Standard.