The following information is provided to help you understand our sustainability policy and how we implement this in our operations.
BuyEcoGreen is a one–stop online specialist retailer featuring an amazing collection of innovative eco products for home, school, office, and art & craft. We aim to make it easy and cost effective to source the functional eco products you need to green your home, school, office or workplace. We help you to shop responsibly by doing the research and supplying the best genuine eco products around. We try to make it easy for you to satisfy your desire for more sustainable products that are competitive in price and performance.
buyecogreen.com.au is a division of Ecopaper Pty Ltd, ABN 74003815165.
Ecopaper Pty Ltd, is an innovative Australian company with a history of over 20 years in recycled paper, eco stationery manufacture and marketing of eco products. The founders, Con, Moni and Dave, started with a passion to introduce more sustainable office and gift stationery products to the Australian market. This passion has continued throughout the long journey and the ups and downs of the development of the green marketplace in Australia. Now our vision has grown to seeing people in homes, offices, schools and workplaces throughout Australia using eco products for their everyday needs and working and living more sustainably.
Sustainability means: Conducting our business, and providing our customers with eco products that they need, in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
While our sustainability policy is aimed at reducing carbon emissions from our products and our activities to a minimum, there inevitably remain some emissions which need to be offset. At BuyEcoGreen we have voluntarily chosen to offset both emissions arising from our operations and to progressively make a contribution to the estimated life-cycle emissions from the products that we supply and the transport to the customer, so that you can order products that are at least partially offset for these emissions.
Carbon Offsets for Operations and Products
Operations: After applying our sustainability policy and reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible, we calculate our operational carbon emissions with the use of an Emissions Calculator for Organisations and then offset them with C3 - Community Climate Chest.
Products: The use of eco materials and processes typically result in products with lower life-cycle carbon emissions. But we go further - using a Life Cycle Analysis we progressively estimate the emissions resulting from the manufacture, transport, use and eventual disposal of the products that you order from us and then make a contribution to offsetting these emissions with VERs (Verified Emission Reduction units), VCUs (Verified Carbon Units) or verified equivalent.
Verified Carbon Standard and VCUs
The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) provides a robust, new global standard for voluntary offset projects. It makes sure the carbon offsets businesses and consumers buy are trustworthy and have real environmental benefits. To be certified as VCS, offsets must be: real (have happened), additional (beyond business-as-usual activities), measurable, permanent (not temporarily displace emissions), independently verified and unique (not used or traded more than once to offset emissions).
What does the VCS do?
Verified Emission Reductions (VERs)
Verified Emission Reductions or Voluntary Emissions Reductions are tradable credits for greenhouse emission reduction activities generated to meet voluntary demand for carbon credits by organisations and individuals wanting to offset their own emissions. VERs can be generated from projects to which a range of circumstances might apply, including: - are either based in a country that has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol (e.g. USA) or does not have the infrastructure to support CDM (Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol) project development; - have not yet been registered under the CDM; - fall outside the scope of the CDM; - are too small to warrant the costs of CDM approval; - are specifically developed for the voluntary market.
BuyEcoGreen Carbon Emission Offsets To Date
So far (to end of 2016) we have Offset the following since 2008: