Tontine's long-term goal is to use only recycled plastics in our packaging and products, and eliminate the use of plastics altogether where possible. While this won’t happen overnight, there are things that we have done and can continue to do to help make the world a better place for all.
As well as being a proud Australian manufacturer, Tontine has a proud history of reducing our environmental impact and becoming more sustainable.
Tontine was one of the pioneers in using recycled polyester in our Tontine pillows and Tontine quilts, and have saved countless tonnes of plastic bottles from going into the ocean and landfill.
In fact, in any given twelve months, we estimate that our use of recycled polyester removes the equivalent of around 100,000,000 (100 million) 600ml plastic drink bottles from entering landfill or our waterways. Isn’t that amazing!
Where possible, we try to eliminate the use of plastic altogether, by packing products in reusable calico bags for example. And we’ve also introduced more products made from renewable natural materials, such as wool, feather and down and organic cotton.
While we know we’ve still got a way to go to become fully stainable, we are well on our way and already doing our bit to help make the world a better place for everyone.
Recently we also started transitioning away from PVC plastic quilt bags to more environmentally friendly Chlorine-free PEVA plastic bags. This won’t help eliminate plastic from our business, but it will replace one environmentally harmful plastic with one that is more environmentally friendly.
According to Greenpeace.org, “PVC is (the) single most environmentally damaging type of plastic. Thanks to everyday consumers demanding change, it’s finally becoming less common.” And ”In those cases where traditional materials cannot be used as a replacement, even chlorine-free plastics are preferable to PVC.”
Another recent initiative has been to add a 'reuse me' reminder on Tontine’s newest quilt bags.
Tontine quilt bags are ideal for use in storing all sorts of household items and keeping them safe, secure and dry until you need them again.
Tontine quilt bags and some Tontine pillow bags also are great to use when donating unwanted clothing and other items to your local charity.
In fact, Tontine often donates unneeded, unused quilt bags by the box load to charities like St Kilda Mums, who use them to distribute all sorts of items that have been donated to them to pass on to families in need.
While we know that initiatives such as these are small steps towards becoming fully sustainable, they all add up and we believe that we are well on our way and already doing our bit to help make the world a better place for everyone.
To support us on this journey, please reuse your Tontine quilt and pillow bags wherever possible, look for Tontine products featuring recycled polyester icons and GRS (Global Recycled Standard) logos at leading retailers across Australia, and at tontine.com.au, and continue to support local manufacturers like us that care about our collective futures and the environment that we all share.
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