In Australia 140 tonnes of plastic gift cards are discarded in landfill each year. One of our key priorities is to reduce the impact of our business on the planet we live on.
We are transitioning to a completely digital card, but we know that some of our customers prefer the exhilaration of giving a physical card. We will end our plastic card use by 31 March 2023, to be replaced by biodegradable sugar cane cards, saving our waterways and landfills from plastic waste.
Until then we partner with Greenfleet Australia through their carbon offset programme to reforest Australia and build Koala habitats.
Our sustainability programme has only just commenced and we begin the process to achieve B Corp certification and a totally neutral carbon footprint.
Things to know:
50,700 tonnes of plastic are required to produce the cards.
While the number in Australia is significantly less, it still represents a significant environmental burden.
In Australia 140 tonnes of plastic gift cards are disposed in land fill each year.
In order to offset CO2 emissions we would need to plant 32,500 trees a year.
Best Group digital card programme aims to be completely carbon neutral by 2025.
Best group distributes over 100,000 electronic gift cards each year which are redeemed through its digital app.
We expect this number to grow to over 400,000 by 2026.
In 2021 Greenfleet planted over 120,000 hectares of koala habitats in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.