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Crafting Sustainability

At Beads N Crystals we’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment & creating a circular economy.

Energy and rubbish reductions are our two primary areas of focus to kick off this initiative. These are areas we believe we can make the biggest changes, which will have a real tangible and positive impact.

Turning our boxes into soft packing, reusing clipseal bags & bubble wrap, reducing single use plastics and encouraging suppliers to reduce packing materials when supplying to us have helped shrink our rubbish to landfill by roughly 75%. Going from 2-3 bins a week to less than one is a phenomenal achievement and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Adjustments to our procedures, changes to our air-con system and more efficient lighting have helped reduce electricity consumption by 16%.

We’re also taking back packaging material and unwanted craft products for recycling and re-use as part of our commitment to reduce waste and create a more sustainable future. We’re encouraging you, our truly valued customers, to recycle, reuse and return. Together we can craft a brighter future.

What we’re doing

    • Reusing Single Use Packing Materials
    • Shredding Cardboard Boxes to use as Packing Fill
    • Reusing Plastic Packaging (see below)
    • Using Boxes and Recycled Bags in place of New Bags
    • We’ve Completely Stopped Purchasing Plastic Bags and Bubble Wrap
    • Recycling Anything Recyclable that we can’t Reuse
    • Reducing the amount of Rubbish sent to Landfill
    • Reducing our Electricity Consumption

What you can do to help

    • Reuse Clipseal & Packaging Bags
    • Recycle or Compost Paper & Cardboard Packing Materials
    • Recycle Soft Plastics & Post Satchels in the collection bin if your council has an appropriate soft plastics recycle scheme.
    • Carefully open Australia Post Satchels that feature a second seal and re-use them.
    • Reuse Plastic Seed Bead Tubes. They’re perfect for screws and craft needles.
    • Return Unwanted Plastic Containers & Tubes – We give a store credit on seed bead tubes!
    • Drop off Unwanted Craft Supplies to Benefit Local Schools & Charities

Plastic Tube Credit Scheme

We can take back any unwanted plastic tubes from our seed beads. Once you’ve finished with the tubes, simply return them for an instant 20c store credit for each and every plastic tube (with lid) returned. They will be cleaned and re-used to reduce the number of new plastic tubes we need to import, so it makes a real difference! We can only accept back tubes that were originally purchased from us. You can spend the credit straight away or save it for a future purchase.

Put Unwanted Craft Supplies to Good Use

If you’re looking to de-stash any unwanted usable craft supplies (whatever the craft and whatever the condition), simply drop them in or post them to us. We’ll distribute them to local public schools and charity organisations.

We’ve already provided donated craft goods to Junction Park State School for craft classes. They plan to sell their finished items at their fete with proceeds funding a new garden and playground. Other supplies have been donated to charities that run craft workshops in nursing homes and remote communities. 

If you have anything at all that you’d like to offload, please drop it in to our recycle bin or send it to:

BNC De-Stast 
318 Ipswich Rd
Annerley Qld 4103

A Big Thank You to everyone who has already donated to our program.

We truly appreciate your help ensuring we can make a positive change in the community. It really means the world to us!

From all of us at Beads N Crystals,

Beads N Crystals! We’re not that kind of bead shop!

Beads N Crystals