5 Things You Might Not Know About Flora & Fauna
Author: Jacqui - F&F Date Posted:12 April 2019
Here at F&F, we pride ourselves on being different from your traditional retailer. Everything we do has a purpose and we have one main goal in mind; help everyone make better choices.
We’re a values-based business and everything we do is a reflection of our vision and values. With this being said, we’re proud to tell you 5 things you might not know about F&F.
1. We’re a BCorp.
If you’re not sure what a BCorp is, it’s a group of businesses dedicated to making conscious and responsible decisions in every aspect of their operations. These responsible decisions aim to minimise the impact we have on the environment and assist in solving social problems. We became a BCorp business in 2017, and were one of the first in Australia to do so. Some other incredible BCorps include Patagonia, Preserve & Kester Black.
To be accepted as a BCorp, you must pass their rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The process involves evaluating how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers. The process of getting certified is not an easy or quick process; it took around 6 months to get approved and that was quick! We are absolutely dedicated to our mission and values, so this was an accreditation we felt we definitely needed and are very proud of.
You can find out more about BCorp businesses here.
2. We send all orders in minimal packaging (unless you specify otherwise)
We send all of our orders plastic-free and have done for years. Extra plastic packaging is something we feel is unnecessary and the reality is that it will eventually end up in landfill. When you order with us, your order will automatically be placed as ‘minimal packaging’. For minimal packaging, we don’t include any extra paper or packing peanuts. If your order is fragile, we secure it with just enough recycled paper to ensure it arrives to you in one piece.
We use boxes made from recycled paper and use recycled kraft paper. For fragile items, we use a bubble wrap alternative made from recycled paper to ensure your items stay protected. For international orders, we include packing peanuts to add extra protection. These are made from cornstarch and dissolve when placed in water. We don’t buy these peanuts, only reuse the ones from our suppliers.
When you shop with us, you can feel confident knowing that your order will arrive with no extra plastic packaging, just beautiful recycled materials. If you’ve ever received an order from us, you will also know that our team handwrites gorgeous notes on your order. We write these on the inside of your box to avoid any unnecessary, additional paper or cardboard being used in getting your order on its way.
You can read more about us and our ethics here.
3. We partner with TerraCycle to offer a brilliant recycling program for our customers.
It’s often hard to recycle things like beauty tubes, bottles, makeup packaging etc, and they often find their way into landfill. As a responsible retailer, we don't like this one bit and we had to find a solution.
Through our TerraCycle program, any plastic beauty containers bought at Flora & Fauna can be returned to us, where we will collate, separate and send them to TerraCycle to be recycled. Plus, in exchange for returning your bottles and packaging to us, we will credit your F&F account with AU $10 for being planet-friendly and helping our environment. It’s an initiative many of our customers use and we’re thrilled so many of you do.
You can find out more about our Terracycle program online.
4. We are opening our first store in North Rocks, NSW, very soon!
This is a very exciting project we’re currently working on behind the scenes. It’s something that we can’t wait to offer our amazing customers. If everything goes to plan, we should have the first F&F retail store open by mid-2019. Keep an eye out on our socials and website for updates on this exciting project.
We have some wonderful plans in the works so keep your eyes peeled... In the meantime, you can still visit us at our North Rocks location for Click & Collect orders.
5. We Support Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary
Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary (WPF) is a not for profit registered charity based in the Lower Hunter Valley in NSW. We love their dedication to helping and rescuing neglected animals; something we are truly passionate about here at F&F!
WPF has two main missions; they rescue and care for farm animals that have been abused or abandoned, and provide them with forever homes. They also help educate people to understand where their food comes from.
We are thrilled to partner with this amazing organisation and highly recommend a day trip down to one of their open days. Where Pigs Fly host open days every few months where you can visit all of their animals. It does fill up fast so we suggest booking in advance.
You can find out more about Where Pigs Fly online now.
Just keep doing what you're doingBy: Peta on 26 April 2019As you know I'm a regular. We live on small acres and we are doing everything we can to make ourselves a no waste household. We still have one little bag of rubbish that goes out to the bin man each week, but aim to make that a zero. Your products help us with that. I read an earlier comment by Di about how frustrating it is that some places, especially supermarkets still make you use a plastic bag eg when buying fruit & veg. Ridiculous. Still a long way to go, but businesses such as yours are definitely on the right track. Thanks heaps :)
New Customer25 April 2019I have been researching companies to purchase organic reusable products and am very happy to have found you. Thank you for your caring business model and your vast and beautiful range of products. I loved the 5 facts about you and also that you support Where Pigs Fly sanctuary.
Love this!By: Di on 16 April 2019It was great to read this article. I have bought from F&F a few times and love the products as well as the plastic-free packaging. I just wish local businesses could do this as well...I hate being offered a plastic bag for something I could easily put in my hand bag.
ThanksBy: Kelsie Pirini on 15 April 2019You guys are awsome.
That’s put a smile on my faceBy: Pauline Finnigan on 15 April 2019So far I have only purchased from you the once since I was pleased to just read more about you and I think it’s amazing what you do as I was totally unaware. So I am going to make sure I use you again Kind regards