Here at FORA, we look to the three pillars of sustainability - people, planet and profit, or social, ecological and economic.
There's a lot to learn about sustainability. You woulda thought we'd all be A-grade students by now. But the rhetoric has been so negative for so long, that we just can't deal with it. It feels like no one is coming up with solutions and those images of polar bears are just not going to cut it anymore.
But there definitely are things we can do. We think it's time for us to look at our fellow humans as citizens first, consumers second. We'd love to encourage local governments, small and large business to make a start on and expand their sustainability journeys to include all three pillars. At FORA we look to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to get some clarity and ideas to implement and begin measuring our effect.
There are so many exciting projects that could be harnessed if we all used our skills. Starting with our local community. Because a balance of all ecological, social and economic factors will ensure a bright future for ourselves and the planet that has hosted us all this time.
Profits for Purpose
Check in regularly or sign up to our Fora Files Journal to find out who we are partnering with and what social initiatives we are getting involved with.
One of our first initiatives is to give 5% of all profits from the Black Friday weekend 2020 sales (Friday November 27 to Saturday November 28) to Assistance Dogs Australia. These guys are doing amazing things by providing invaluable occupational therapy for kids with ADHD and Autism. They want to spread this service around the country.
But it takes $40,000 and to train one dog and the waitlist for eligible families is up to 3 years! Find out here the positive changes for 8 year old Kaleb's family when his adorable brown labrador called Galan joined the family.
Supply Chain and Logistics
So far, in setting up supply and logistics chains, we've looked for sustainability initiatives along the total length of this chain, not just the delivery to you. Many of our suppliers have offset their carbon miles in manufacture before they've even packed your goods.
Check out the BRANDS showcase menu to learn more about each of them and their ethos. You'll find brands like Thousand, Sunday Afternoons, and Foekje Fleur inspiring you to make purchasing decisons to help achieve a sustainable future.
We've also highlighted which brands are Australian in case if you'd like to specifically support local companies.
Suppliers and retailers are beginning to include a more hands-on way to get involved in protecting the environment.
Our products are received and sent within Australia via road freight to and by sea freight for any imports, as opposed to high carbon emitting air freight. Whatever the case, we offset any miles through sustainable collaborations. We utilise Shippit for Australian freight carriage to you and this not only neutralises the carbon emitted by their courier partners, but offset projects they invest in also deliver economic, community and social benefits. The 3 UN sustainability pillars working together).
We are more than happy to pass on any information about our supply chain as we are able to. We don't control every aspect but we want every purchase you make to be as transparent as possible and we'll continue to get better at this. So drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or great ideas.
As much as possible we use recycled, recyclable and compostable packaging materials. Our no issue mailers, for example, are compostable. The Eco-Packaging Alliance is a no issue initiative to help further offset the impact of e-commerce packaging needs. With every order, no issue plants trees in deforested regions across the world to help revive biodiversity.