Seton is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and to building a sustainable future. This commitment applies to all areas of our business from our catalogue production & mailings to the way we produce our signs & labels. Our goal is to make it easy for you to access the widest and most comprehensive range of safety products in Australia, while being environmentally responsible and ethical in our business practices. The following information gives you an insight into some of these practices.
CATALOGUE PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION.
How is our Catalogue Produced?
Many people have the perception that print media such as catalogues is an old, dated and environmentally unfriendly method of communicating to customers. In fact, “the print industry is 95% less damaging to the environment today than it was in 1990”. Advances in areas such as digital print technology and refining other print processes have made this possible. Some electronic devices can omit more carbon emissions than it takes to produce a catalogue. (Source: Paper, Packaging & Forestry Products, Stora Enso, April 2008)
The Seton catalogue is produced by using efficient printing technology. Our print supplier is an ISO 14001 Environmental Management certified company. This accreditation means that all printing processes must meet the strict environmental standards of the International Standards Organisation and include areas such as sourcing paper from recycled/sustainable sources, recycling water and the effective handling and treatment of waste & energy consumption. See below for more information on ISO 14001:2004.
What Paper do we Use?
Seton places a strong importance in sourcing paper for our catalogues made from recycled paper and other sustainably managed paper materials. As mentioned above, we work closely together with our print supplier to ensure that the above environmental standard is met.
How do we Distribute our Catalogues?
Seton makes every effort to ensure that our database is kept as clean and up to date as possible so that we are mailing catalogues to the right contacts in your company. We also recognise that people move on or perhaps may no longer wish to receive catalogues as often or to have their names removed from our mailings. In addition to adhering to Australian privacy laws, Seton has various mail preferences options available so you can choose how often you would like to receive a catalogue. By keeping our database clean, we can ensure that we reduce the number of wasted catalogues which will help improve the environment.
Please keep us informed with staff changes within your company so we only send as many catalogues as you need. Contact our customer service department on 1800 284 268 or visit www.seton.net.au/mymail
OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES FROM SETON
Seton makes it easy for you to view and order our products online. Over 90% of our products can be viewed online and we have created order forms for custom requests specific to your needs. Our online shopping cart functionality also helps you to place your order quickly and efficiently, saving you time and paper in your own company and by utilising electronic transactions. Pdf’s of each of our catalogue pages can also be viewed on our website. See our home page to view all product selections available.
Environmental & Continuous Improvement Policies
Seton has environmental and continuous improvement policies within our own facility to maximise best practice standards by improving/streamlining production processes, reducing the amount of raw materials used, effective waste management and recycling programs.
Seton also utilises efficient digital print technology in the manufacturing of our signs to reduce waste & energy consumption, without compromising on quality. Our polypropylene signs are now made from at least 50% recycled material, which uses 97% less energy to manufacture. All these factors contribute to lower carbon emissions, less waste and a healthier environment.
Sourcing Environmentally Friendly Products
Seton is committed to sourcing products that are environmentally sustainable. We are constantly looking for and adding new products that have either been made from recycled materials or are re-usable products. Look out for the Ecotip logo throughout our catalogue and see our Eco Friendly Guide on page 5 of our source book catalogue. The Slikstopper Mat is an example of a reusable eco-friendly product available from Seton.
BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES/MORE INFORMATION
ISO14001:2004 is the internationally recognised standard for the environmental management of business and applies to any organisation that wishes to implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system. It prescribes controls for those activities that have an effect on the environment.
For more information visit: http://www.iso.org/iso/home.htm
Garnaut Climate Change Review 2008
The Garnaut Climate Change Review 2008 is an independent study commissioned by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. Below are some quotes from their findings.
“New technology will play a substantial role in the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change ….new manufacturing techniques”
Garnaut Climate Change Review- Interim Report (02/2008 p 52)
“The successful development and deployment of new technologies across sectors will be critical to minimising the costs of adjustment to the emissions trading scheme.”
Garnaut Climate Change Review- Final Report (2008 p 423)
For more information, visit: www.garnautreview.org.au
Environment Guidelines for the Australian Marketing Industry
Seton is a member of the Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) and their recently launched environmental guidelines are used as a benchmark in regards to our environmental practices, policies and goals and to also make improvements for the future.
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CAN YOU HELP US BE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
Seton values your feedback and suggestions on how we can improve our service to you and suggestions with how we can further minimise our impact on the environment.
· Dispose of your old and/or unwanted catalogues in an environmentally friendly way by placing them in recycle bins
· Keep us informed of staff changes within your company so we only send as many catalogues as you need. Contact our customer service department on 1800 284 268 or visit http://www.seton.net.au/mailpreference
· You can also send us your comments and other suggestions to: http://www.seton.net.au/feedback
We look forward to hearing from you!