Responsibility

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Our People

We are only as good as our team and our team is only as good as the diverse and talented individuals that comprise it. We aspire to creating a work environment where working for Sea to Summit is more inspiring, more exciting and more fun than working for anyone else in our industry.
To that end we encourage each and every one of our staff to ‘own their job’, to run their job as if it was their own business. For over a decade our little kitchen and its commercial grade coffee machine has been one of the hot hubs of interaction. The other hubs are our open plan offices – we don’t have private offices, everyone from the managing director to the work experience novice shares the same office and facilities, so everyone can feed off the excitement and tension of all that is happening – and put in their two bobs’ worth!

Each year we organise and fund exciting trips to amazing destinations that staff can elect to go on. There have been four wheel drive camping and walking trips to the red centre, cruises with shore excursions on the remote Kimberley coast, weekends away surfing and climbing on the coast, ski tours in the Australian Alps. As a benefit to staff and to encourage them to get out, staff have use of a 5 metre, ocean worthy RIB to take out to surf breaks or visit the coastal islands off Perth and there is a fully kitted 80 Series Landcruiser 4WD that staff can book to visit the myriad destinations around WA that can only be accessed by such a vehicle.

It is axiomatic that as an outdoor company we are aware of and proactive about sustainability.
We not only give serious consideration to more sustainable practices such as waste minimization and better packaging but also put effort into helping sustain our natural heritage through education and communication.

Leave No Trace Australia

If we go into any natural environment for recreation, contemplation or study we will always have some impact. Those with experience will have learned along the way, how to minimise their impact so that their passage leaves little trace. It’s easy to forget that for the novice from the city, such behaviour needs to be acquired and too often they have to learn by trial and error, initially creating far more impact than necessary before – if they are lucky, they pick up the skills to leave no trace behind them.
Leave No Trace was founded to overcome this problem by having an effective, coherent and simple code that can easily be communicated across the world.

Sea to Summit is a founding supporter of Leave No Trace (LNT) Australia, an organization that is dedicated to promoting and communicating the same message as is promoted in a growing number of other countries.

At the heart of the LNT message are the “Seven Principles of Leave No Trace” that when understood form a very sound basis for not only going out into wild and doing the right thing by the environment, but also doing the right thing for ones’ personal safety.

They are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimise campfire impacts
  • Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors
  • Respect wildlife

 

To further promote and encourage LNT principles, Sea to Summit has developed a range of products, the sale of which supports LNT, that assist the user in minimizing their impact. These products include, The Kitchen Sink, Folding Bucket, Trash Sack, Wilderness Wash.

Visit www.lnt.org.au or more information about the Leave No Trace organisation.

Our planet is undoubtedly the most complex and wonderful entity yet known, yet its systems have been put under increasing pressure from one seemingly rampant species – Homo sapiens – us. There is no doubt that our dependency on fossil fuels is worrying and the list of why it is worrying is long – from sustainability to pollution of water and the very air that we breath. Luckily, until alternative energy sources are found there are ways to help mitigate some of these problems and we believe one of a number of beneficial strategies is maintain and encourage biodiversity and increase biomass. We support two local organisations that are helping to do that.

Carbon Neutral

Carbon Neutral is a not for profit carbon consultancy and offset provider. The organisation assists clients to measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions. As a registered environmental charity Carbon Neutral has revegetated around 2000 hectares of farmland in regional Australia with almost 3 million native trees, they have a strong focus on developing biodiverse conservation plantings and carbon sinks which deliver significant environmental co-benefits.

By purchasing Sea to Summit products, you are contributing to the Carbon Neutral program. For more information, visit www.carbonneutral.com.au

Carbon Conscious

Similar to Carbon Neutral, the primary focus of Carbon Conscious is to create large scale carbon estates in the Australian wheatbelt in order to produce quality and accredited carbon credits. They do this through planting Mallee Eucalypt trees, a native species adapted to the growing conditions of the region.

Over their growing life, the Mallee Eucalypt will ‘sequester’ or store carbon from the atmosphere, create habitat for native fauna, provide windbreaks for crops and help keep encroaching soil salinity at bay.

Visit www.carbonconscious.com.au for more information.

Packaging

We at Sea to Summit have researched hard and thought long about the quantity of and materials we use for our packaging.

For us packaging is a necessity –in modern retail shops products must be attractively packaged, show-casing the benefits of the product to any potential buyer and keeping it in pristine condition.

For practical, aesthetic and environmental reasons we choose “single polymer” polypropylene (PP) that includes a recycled content. In the few cases where we have opted to use two materials, we make them easily separable for ease of recycling. Production and recycling of PP uses far less energy and water, is less polluting and can be more successfully recycled than paper. PP comes from propylene gas which is a by-product of the production of petrol, so although it is derived from fossil fuels, the use of it is not accelerating the depletion of fossil fuels and being a pure hydrocarbon, it ultimately breaks down to just water and carbon dioxide – it is a “clean” plastic leaving no toxic residues.

Just because paper is perceived to be a “natural” product does not make it the better option. Paper is cheaper than PP so there is a sound commercial reason to use it, but wherever possible we try to avoid it because there are many environmental downsides to paper and few upsides. Harvesting and processing pulp causes erosion, uses fossil fuels, impacts air quality and uses large quantities of water. Recycling paper also uses much larger quantities of energy and water than recycling plastic counterparts. Paper card is also less durable than plastic resulting in more returns causing inefficiency in the supply chain – this gives it the only advantage over plastic, it breaks down more quickly.

Bio-plastics do not offer a better solution at present – they are produced from crops, often GM, using large amounts of fossil fuel, fertilizer and insecticides and take up resources that are better suited to other uses, such as food production. Bio-plastics also contaminate the recycling chain. When they end up in landfill, they are more likely to break down slowly producing methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

While we lead the way in choosing a rational, environmentally responsible packaging solution, it has taken time for consumers and the waste management infrastructure to catch up, and where it is lagging, we encourage consumers to become more aware and if necessary to lobby local governments to improve their service in providing more complete and efficient recycling. Seeking better solutions to waste and recycling will always be an on-going process in our choice of packaging at Sea to Summit.

Sea to Summit proudly supports the Australian Packaging Covenant. To view our most current Action Plan and Annual Report, please following this link.

Social

Sea to Summit is a brand with strong views and personalities. We feel responsible for what we do and say to our customers and partners. In the spirit of innovation we want to learn and grow from that. The bigger our brand grows the stronger our voice becomes.

We want to use this voice to inspire and be inspired, to share our enthusiasm for outdoor activity and the preservation of the places we love. To spread the word we use our website, but we invite you engage in the conversation through our blog and social media pages. If you are a Sea to Summit product owner and user be part of our voice!