At Alsco, sustainability is our guiding principle. We recognise that becoming a sustainable business is about connecting with our People, our Planet and our Community.
It’s about looking after those less fortunate, sourcing products ethically, minimising waste, caring for our customers and employees and just generally doing good work and doing the right thing.
We have created 4 Big Bold, meaningful goals to reach by 2030.
We’re committed to working with our customers, our employees, our suppliers and the community to create positive change and build a sustainable future.
To tackle waste management, Alsco have put together a working group on packaging who are collaborating with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) to make all our packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. The group is made up of representatives from our Alsco branches and business units, Australian Linen Supply (ALS), Clean Room Garments (CRG), Deane Apparel and Fresh & Clean.
The group is committed to ensuring the packaging we source from our suppliers and pass onto our customers is cost-effective and ethically sourced.
Disposal Labelling | This criteria considers the extent to which packaging has been labelled to help consumers determine what to do with packaging at end-of-life.
On-site Waste | This criteria considers progress in increasing the amount of on-site solid waste being diverted from landfill.
Problematic Materials | This criteria considers the extent to which organisations are actively phasing out problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging and preventing/reducing litter.
Governance & Strategy | This criteria considers actions to integrate packaging sustainability into business strategies.
Design & Procurement | This criteria considers actions taken to ensure that sustainability principles are considered in the design or procurement of both new and existing packaging through use of the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPGs).
Recycled Content | This criteria considers actions taken to increase or optimise the amount of recycled material used by your organisation.
Recoverability | This criteria considers actions taken to improve the recovery of packaging at end-of-life and increase use of reusable packaging.
Alsco are foundation partners of BlockTexx
We are currently working on new textile initiatives such as garments made from recycled polyester and are in the process of re-designing all their staff uniforms, which will be made from recycled fabric.
We are engaged with the services of Wasteflex, a National waste management company who will be working with the all Alsco branches to review our recycling services and implement improvements to the way we reduce, reuse, recycle or compost waste.
Orange Sky provides a free mobile laundry and shower service to people experiencing homelessness. Their aim is to positively connect communities, improve hygiene standards and restore dignity to people doing it tough in our community. Most importantly, Orange Sky volunteers have engaged in hundreds of hours of conversation with people using their services. Their volunteers aren’t social workers or experts on homelessness but empathetic listeners and great conversationalists.
Our ongoing support will help Orange Sky reach their goal of helping more than 40,000 people by 2025, tripling their current support and doing it twice as effectively.
WHOS is a therapeutic program aimed at achieving recovery from drug and alcohol dependence, incorporating harm minimisation and co-existing mental health initiatives.
They also integrate other services such as supported transitional housing, pre-employment skills training, access to educational programs and services as well as specialist services including medical, mental health and drug and alcohol services. Currently, more than 2000 assessments are conducted annually and approximately 800 clients are admitted each year.
In addition to the donation of a defibrillator to their Goulburn site, we are helping WHOS through donations of bed linen to people starting new lives after successfully completing their program. By donating our products to WHOS, we are making a difference to those people and their families affected by drug and alcohol dependence.
Two Good Co is a social enterprise supporting vulnerable women across Australia. Since its humble beginnings as an organic soup kitchen in a church in Kings Cross, Two Good Co has expanded to sell restaurant-quality food, cookbooks, personal care products and apparel. Their ‘Buy one, give one’ model means that proceeds from the purchase of every Two Good personal care product goes toward training and job placement services for women across Australia who find themselves living in homeless shelters because of domestic violence.
In addition to giving donations to this incredible organisation, we are offering support by providing employment opportunities for domestic violence survivors and are also exploring opportunities to use their catering services. In this way we are helping restore dignity and give hope to thousands of vulnerable women in our community.
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