At Saint Francis Place, we opt for organic, biodynamic, and/or wild-harvested products where possible to ensure the ingredients used are exposed to lower levels of toxic metals and chemical pesticides, which is better for us and the planet.
All products are cruelty free, which means we do not test on animals, and the brands we stock do not test on animals or source from suppliers who test on animals.
Any products containing palm oil or beeswax are ethically sourced or from sustainable suppliers.
We care about the environment as much as our customers. The packaging we use for in-store and online purchases will be from socially responsible or recycled sources or up-cycled and reused where possible:
Recycle Bag & Box Program
Our voluntary ‘Recycle Bag & Box Program’ aims to reuse paper shopping bags in-store and cardboard boxes for our online orders. These are up-cycled by cleverly including our branding to extend the life of bags and boxes that have already been produced with the Earth’s finite resources. Next time you purchase from us in-store, let us know if you're happy to use a 'Recycled Bag' and we'll happily package your new items in one of these special bags.
Alternatively, feel free to bring in paper bags and cardboard boxes that may be accumulating in your closet from previous purchases you have made to up-cycle and keep the program going. We'd love you to take part!
Where possible, a 'Recycled Box' will be used to package up online orders to help reduce waste. These are previously used cardboard boxes received from our lovely suppliers or customers, so there may be small scuffs and marks indicating a pre-loved outer box, but rest assured, the contents inside are lovingly hand-wrapped and packaged.
As a business, we make the effort not to purchase plastic shipping supplies as much as possible. However, we feel that it is best for our environment to reduce the waste of these materials by saving those that we receive from other sources. We hope that you appreciate our decision when we choose to reuse previously used shipping materials that are still in immaculate condition for online orders (this may sometimes include bubble wrap!).
We are continuously striving to improve our impact on the environment to be in a more positive and productive direction. This includes curating a collection from brands who are equally as conscious about their impact, but also being able to help our customers along the way. We are currently working towards partnering with a recycling initiative to reduce the impact of waste from the products purchased past and present. We look forward to sharing this information with you soon.
Small businesses play a vital role in giving back to the community because the community play a vital role in supporting small businesses. We will continue to make every effort to donate our time, space and money where we can to expand the reach of our customer's support beyond our shop door. These are some of the ways we currently give back:
Pay the Rent We believe that our shop operates on land where sovereignty was never ceded by the First Nations People. We also believe that participating in a capitalist society means that more capital can lead to more opportunity. As such, we commit to paying the equivalent of 1% of our rent to Pay the Rent in solidarity with the Aboriginal people of Victoria, in an ongoing effort to provide practical means for economic independence and to recognise Aboriginal Sovereignty.
SFP Art Window We view our window as an important part of the local street-scape, where its contents have the ability to enrich and enhance the neighbourhood everyday. In order to give back to the street, we treat our window space as a rotating gallery, providing creative groups and individuals with the opportunity to showcase their work, and also provide a visual space for the public to enjoy. Depending on arrangements with the artist, artwork displayed are generally available for public sale. Moving forward, a percentage of proceeds from purchased artwork will be donated to the APY Art Centre Collective.
APY Art Centre Collective Creativity is the foremost expression of sentient beings - capturing emotion, representing culture and often defining periods of history. In support of preserving the culture and creativity of the First Nations People of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands), we donate a percentage of proceeds from purchased artwork in our window to the APY Art Centre Collective.