When it comes to the planet, we are all guests

That’s why we are committed to being on our best behaviour when it comes to protecting our fragile environment.  Our comprehensive Green Guest Initiative promotes sustainability, increases efficiencies and reduces waste in every aspect of our business.

By continually seeking out new technologies and opportunities to be more environmentally-friendly, we hope to lead by example in the industry and pass on the benefits of being eco-minded to our hotel partners.  If greater sustainability is on your agenda, we invite you to explore the many ways we can help you and your customers become better Green Guests.

Our Operations

At Interior Images we start by tending our own garden, so to speak.  We realise that before we can help anyone else be a better Green Guest, we need to make sure our business makes as small an impact on the environment as possible.

We’re going Carbon Neutral – As of October, 2018, Interior Images has committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our corporate operations by 15% annually through our partnership with the Carbon Reduction Institute.  Together we work to reduce our carbon output and offset the carbon we do produce by investing in wind farming and other green energy technologies.  To make your organisation carbon neutral and learn more about their credentials, visit www.noco2.com.au

Reducing Waste and Supporting our Neighbours in Need – We constantly strive to be more efficient but occasionally end up with excess, damaged or unwanted stock.  That’s where our charity partner, Every Little Bit Helps comes in.  Established in 2014, Every Little Bit Helps collects, packs and redistributes unwanted hotel toiletries, in-flight amenity kits, cosmetic and make-up samples to victims of domestic violence, troubled youths, the homeless and asylum seekers. With a convenient drop off location in Melbourne, that means we can help pamper those in need without increasing our carbon footprint.  Learn more about Every Little Bit Helps here: www.elbh.org.au

An Office that Works – Our headquarters in Port Melbourne were specially designed to maximise available daylight, reducing our need for heating and artificial lighting.  We’ve installed energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting in our office and retrofit our warehouse lighting fixtures to accommodate LED bulbs. Our office windows open, reducing our reliance on air conditioning.  We use 50% recycled paper for printing and vigilantly recycle paper and cardboard waste.  We recycle superseded technology as well as all Australia Post packaging.

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Our Products

Not just distributors, Interior Images proudly owns a number of luxury skin care lines and creates custom amenity collections for partner hotels.  Working closely with contract manufacturers who maintain the highest environmental and ethical standards, we are making the following environmental efforts with our products:

Elevating Eco-Friendly Dispensers – We’re creating the largest portfolio of dispenser options and brands in the industry in an effort to reduce the number of single-use plastics in hotels.  Exciting advancements in dispenser technology and design have elevated these eco-friendly, cost-saving options.  And with even the most luxurious brands now offering their exquisite formulations in this format, “green” is set to become the new “gold” standard.  Explore our dispenser options here www.interior-images.com/dispensers

EcoPure in Everything – By 2020 we intend to include EcoPure in all of our plastic packaging.  EcoPure is an FDA-approved plastic additive that is believed to aid in biodegradation.  The addition of EcoPure does not compromise the integrity of the plastic or interfere with the recycling stream, so we always encourage Green Guests to recycle first.  Learn more about the science behind EcoPure: www.goecopure.com

Biodegradable Packaging – In 2018, we introduced dry amenities and accessories packaged in Plastarch Material (PSM).  A biodegradable, thermoplastic resin, PSM is biodegradable in compost, wet soil, fresh water and seawater, so it is a perfect, environmental option for outer packaging that is usually discarded.  Contact us to learn about the accessories in PSM soft touch packaging that we offer.

FSC and Recycled Paper – Although many of our products are already crafted using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper and/or paper with a high percentage of recycled content, by 2020 we aim for all of our boxes, cartons and inserts to meet this criteria.  FSC is a not-for-profit organisation that sets the standard for what a responsibly managed forest is, both environmentally and socially.  Discover more about their inspiring mission here:  www.au.fsc.org/en-au/fsc

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – The wide spread use of palm oil in cosmetics has had a negative effect on our remaining rainforests.  We have proudly produced soaps with RSPO certified palm oil since 2015, but are now insisting that every soap we make moving forward meets this standard. You can familiarise yourself with their logo and read about their crucial mission on their website: www.rspo.org

Naked Soaps – Would you go naked to help the planet?  We’ve proudly been offering soaps in our Serendipity and All About Me ranges “naked”, without any outer packaging, for more than a decade.  Naked soaps eliminate tonnes of packaging, reduce costs and are perfectly sanitary.  And since we emboss the soaps with a logo, housekeeping has no doubt if the soap has been used or not.  To enquire about eliminating unnecessary soap packaging at your hotel, contact us.

Local Manufacturing – Although more expensive than overseas manufacturing, we continue to increase the number of products we make in Australia, particularly in Melbourne.  Not only does this support our economy and reduce lead times for our clients, it also reduces the pollution generated by transporting goods over long distances.

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Our Partners

Interior Images seeks to partner with likeminded businesses that share our commitment to the environment and who enable us to be better Green Guests.

European Manufacturing Partners – Every project, production and decision our European manufacturers make starts with conservation and preservation.  Offering Cosmos Organic, Nordic EcoLabel and Eu EcoLabel certification, they have also pioneered packaging that greatly reduces the amount of carbon dioxide produced in production.  They conduct Environmental Impact Studies on production practices as well as on every single product, evaluating Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to minimise impact wherever possible.

Asian Manufacturing Partners – We carefully evaluate and monitor the environmental practices of our key manufacturing partners.  We select them based on their ability to offer sustainable and ethical material sourcing, EcoCert and Eco-Label certifications, FSC accreditation, cruelty-free facilities and demonstrable investment in new green technologies.  For example, one manufacturer has opened new facilities that include a sewage treatment plant, while another operates as a paperless office.

DHL –  One of our preferred transportation partners, DHL has set a company-wide goal of Zero Emissions by 2050.  To reach that goal they are focused on increasing their carbon efficiency, using bicycles and electric vehicles for their first and last mile services, and certifying 80% of their employees as GoGreen specialists.  See the other steps DHL is taking to reach zero emissions here: https://www.logistics.dhl/au-en/home/about-us/corporate-responsibility/mission-2050.html

StarTrack – StarTrack has a roadmap to increase social and economic inclusion by connecting all Australians physically and digitally, to minimise their environmental impact, and to transform their business to a greener supply chain. They’ve invested in smarter technology in their trucks and parcel facilities, which means they can continue to deliver for our partners while still upholding their environmental responsibilities. Their aim is to find zero carbon and low waste solutions across their business operations.

Australia Post – Australia Post have set two key environmental targets to achieve by 2020: reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25%, and enable the reuse and recycling of 100,000 tonnes of material.  They are also improving their transport network by shifting to fuel efficient vehicles, electric bikes, electric vehicles, and instituting fuel reduction programs.   Introducing the Planet Ark Australian Recycling Label in 2016 has made it easier for Australians to recycle Aus Post packaging, regardless of their location and kerbside recycling processes.  Interior Images is proud to be part of the Mailing Satchel Recycling Program: www.arl.org.au/auspost

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Our Brands

Interior Images proudly represents the finest luxury brands from Australia and around the world.  Through our strong, personal relationships with our brands we are able to encourage them to meet or exceed our Green Guest Initiative standards.  Below are specifics on the environmental efforts of our brands:

All About Me

  • Contains essential oils
  • No artificial colours
  • Paraben free, sulphate free
  • Recyclable tubes
  • Naked, embossed soaps reduce packaging waste
  • Charitable Contribution: With every tube purchased from the ‘All About Me‘ range, 1 cent is donated to the Australian charity ‘TLC for Kids’, which is devoted to helping put smiles back on sick kids’ faces.

ANYAH

  • Meets the strictest requirements needed to protect the environment
  • Many products are certified by EcoLabel and EcoCert. These certifications are the most recognised and sought after European environment classifications.
  • Made in Italy, ANYAH formulations are created using quality raw materials with reduced environmental impact, many sourced from organic farming and almost all of natural origin.
  • Each product undergoes Environmental Impact Studies on its production as well as evaluating Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to minimise impact wherever possible.
  • Clinically Tested
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Nickel Tested, Paraben Free, Formaldehyde Free, Petroleum Free
  • 100% post-consumer recycled PET bottles
  • Dispenser options available

ASPAR

  • Natural based products that are botanically active and scented with essential oils
  • Formulations free of parabens, lanolin, sulphates, SLS, artificial colours and fragrances.
  • Never tested on animals
  • The materials used within ASPAR products do not contribute to habitat devastation of endangered animals
  • R.S.P.O certified paper wrapped soap
  • Member of the GreenSpa Network, an international spa industry body devoted to bringing greening and sustainability to the health, wellness and beauty community
  • Recyclable packaging
  • ASPAR boxes and all print materials are printed on papers that are FSC Mixed Sources Certified and are printed using vegetable-based inks by printers that adhere to environmentally safe printing standards
  • Dispenser range available with selected bulk refills

Australia

  • Paraben free, sulphate free, phthalate free, mineral oil free, DEA/TEA free,
  • No artificial colours
  • Recyclable plastic tubes
  • Printed with soy-based inks
  • Never tested on animals
  • Dispenser options available

Bvlgari

  • Recyclable plastic bottles
  • Promote environmental awareness amongst employees and suppliers to encourage them to work in a environmentally responsible manner
  • Promote a responsible use of raw materials
  • Reduced waste through re-use and recycling to optimise waste management
  • Monitor and reduction of retail stores energy consumption
  • Promote the organization of green events
  • Optimise the use of public transport where possible and promote the use of bicycle for sustainable mobility

C.O. Bigelow

  • Paraben free, silicone free
  • Gluten free
  • Recyclable plastic bottles

Grown Alchemist

  • Contains certified organic ingredients
  • Vegan friendly
  • Free of lauryl sulphate & parabens, Free of glycols & petrochemicals
  • Free of artificial fragrance & synthetic colours
  • Free of T.E.A., D.E.A. and paraffins
  • Recyclable plastic tubes and bottles
  • Dispenser options available

H2k

  • Recycles all H2k waste
  • Local sourcing to reduce their carbon footprint
  • Offers refillable/reusable bottles to reduce waste
  • Accredited by the Vegetarian and Vegan Society
  • Donates to the Woodland Trust
  • Aiming to become carbon neutral
  • Buys free-trade and free-trade organic supplies
  • Currently trialling new bottles made from sugarcane and vegetable derivatives

First, We Clean

  • Paraben free, sulphate free, phthalate free, mineral oil free & DEA/TEA free
  • No artificial colours
  • Recyclable plastic tubes
  • Printed with soy-based inks
  • Never tested on animals
  • Dispenser options available

 

 

 

 

LATHER

  • Scented with essential oils, not synthetic fragrance
  • Free of sulphates and parabens
  • Free of synthetic colours and fragrances
  • Free of phthalates and mineral oil
  • 100% vegan and not tested on animals
  • Stamp of approval from both PETA and the Leaping Bunny program
  • All plastic packaging is recyclable and contains EcoPure.
  • Some plastic bottles are made from 100% recycled water bottles
  • LATHER is a carbon-neutral company through their partnership with Carbonfund.org. All of LATHER’s business activities are audited annually and a contribution is made to offset the company’s carbon footprint through investments in sustainability, such as reforestation projects around the world.
  • LATHER shopping bags, cartons, and gift cards are made from post-consumer recycled materials whenever possible. We sample our products in xela packs, which use approximately 93% less plastic than similar bottles or tubes.
  • LATHER uses soy-based inks for paper and carton printing, which are naturally low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Soy beans are a clean renewable and sustainable resource, unlike the alternative petroleum or chemicals found in traditional inks. Soy ink is also easier to remove from paper during the recycling process than oil-based ink.
  • LATHER employees commuting via public transportation are reimbursed, and energy-efficient lighting is used when their natural skylights need to be supplemented.
  • LATHER helped to establish the first community garden open to all residents of our home town, Pasadena, California. Community gardens have been shown to offer significant environmental benefits including reduced air pollution, city heat, and surface erosion.
  • Dispenser options are available

Malin+Goetz

  • Malin+Goetz has a goal to continually decrease their carbon footprint
  • Not tested on animals
  • Plastic tubes and bottles are recyclable
  • Natural fragrances and colours
  • Dispenser options are available

Molton Brown

  • Wherever possible Molton Brown sources raw materials, packaging and components from UK manufacturers to cut down on the mileage travelled and carbon used to transport them to the manufacturing site
  • The paper Molton Brown uses is from FSC accredited sources
  • All products are free of parabens and Methylisothiazolinone
  • The Mobius loop is included on Molton Brown packaging to indicate how to recycle empty containers
  • 100% of Molton Brown’s Offices and Manufacturing environments electricity is provided from renewable sources: Wind/Solar/Hydroelectric.
  • 95% of their waste is recycled
  • All SCM plant and technology implementations and material sourcing and packaging development include an initial assessment process to reduce environmental impact to the lowest possible
  • Their Green Street factory is RSPO certified and has received a Platinum UK Environmental rating
  • We are in the process of replacing all our offices and factory lighting with LED fixtures to reduce energy consumption
  • Dispenser options available

Orana

  • Scented with essential oils indigenous to Australia
  • Contains Australian botanical extracts
  • Free of sulphates and parabens
  • Soaps are made with RSPO certified sustainable palm oil
  • Not tested on animals
  • Recyclable plastic bottles made with EcoPure
  • Dispenser options available

Osmè Organic

  • Paediatrician tested
  • Cosmos label organic certification
  • Free from mineral oils
  • Vegan friendly
  • No tears tested
  • Formulated for sensitive skin

REN

  • REN is working toward a goal of zero waste by 2021.
  • No harsh chemicals
  • Free of sulphates and parabens
  • No synthetic colours or fragrances
  • Free of mineral oil, DEA/TEA, petrolatum and silicones
  • Cruelty free
  • Paper packaging made with FSC paper
  • 100% recyclable packaging and bottles made with reclaimed ocean plastic
  • Partners with the Surfrider Foundation to help clean up beaches and oceans worldwide

Serendipity

  • All liquid and soap formulations proudly made in Australia
  • No sulphates, parabens or artificial colours
  • Never tested on animals
  • Recyclable plastic packaging contains EcoPure
  • Naked, embossed soaps reduce packaging waste
  • Dispenser options available

Subtle Energies

  • All liquid and soap formulations proudly made in Australia
  • No parabens, mineral oils, silicones or artificial fragrances
  • Never tested on animals and certified by Cruelty-Free International
  • Recyclable plastic packaging contains EcoPure
  • Optional naked soaps to reduce packaging waste
  • Dispenser options available