Monarch and the Environment

Environmental considerations play a highly important role at Australian Brushware Corporation. A great example of our commitment to the environment is our entire range of brushes and rollers which come in re-usable packaging designed for storage capabilities.  Brushes come in cardboard keepers which can be recyclable but have been designed to protect and store the brushes.  Our rollers come in storage bags to protect and enable the roller to be re-used again and again.

As a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), we are actively working to improve the sustainability of our packaging through regular reviews of our product design and process and the implementation of initiatives keep key issues like recycling, re-usability and waste management top of mind.  We also work very closely with key stake holders throughout our entire supply chain, so they too support our initiatives.  The most recent APCO report on Australian Brushware Corporation (Monarch) can be found here. Our targets are aligned with Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets.

Product Packaging – Reusable & Recyclable

Our Packaging design is frequently reviewed so as to ensure that wastage is minimised whilst not compromising on the ability of the packaging to protect the goods whilst in transit. The majority of our packaging is reusable and we encourage our consumers to re-use at every opportunity.  Our brushes come in re-usable brush keepers along with our roller covers that come in re-useable zip lock bags.  Even our mini rollers are equipped with re-usable packaging that keeps your roller fresh in-between paint jobs.  Our new filler product Fill Sand Go has also been designed in a unique storage container with a sanding puck and scraper – 3 in 1 solution reducing packaging.

Over the last 12 months we have also been working with our suppliers to reduce significantly the use of plastic in our packaging.  Below are some initiatives we have accomplished and/or currently implementing with the help of our supply chain partners.

  • Metal Paint Buckets – eliminated all plastic used to cover and protect the product in transit
  • Caulking Guns – eliminated all plastic used to cover and protect the product in transit
  • Scrapers – eliminated all plastic used to cover and protect the product in transit
  • Budget Paint Brushes – removing plastic packaging and changing to recyclable paper card packaging
  • Tray Liners – eliminated all plastic used to cover and protect the product in transit
  • Sugar Soap – we introduced new mould kill formulation which is environmentally friendly

Australian Brushware also believes in upcycling which has a largely positive effect on the environment.  Our current atmosphere has the most CO2 levels in history, and our oceans and tips have large whirlpools of trash, plastic and landfill.  Upcycling can help bring these numbers down by preventing the amount of waste we all discard.  Through effective DIY projects Australian Brushware encourages everyone to upcycle their items around the home.  This could include renewing furniture pieces, outdoor planter pots and much more.

Sustainable Paint Accessories

More recently we have introduce a new sustainable range of paint accessories under our Monarch Elements Brand.  Painting can be messy, but it can have a smaller footprint on our planet. Monarch Elements is a range of products designed to minimise our impact on our environment.  Manufactured from a range of sustainably-grown or recycled materials, Monarch Elements is the first full range of painting accessories that you can feel better about.

Monarch Proudly support Carbon Nuetral through its plant a tree program.  For every Monarch Elements Sustainable Product sold, the business contributes a percentage of earnings to helping the environment.  Our partnership with Carbon Neutral enables us to directly influence Climate Change and Habitat Restoration in the Yarra Yarra Biodiverity Corridor.  MONARCH WILL PLANT 10,000 TREES EVERY YEAR.

Cessation of the REDcycle scheme

The REDcycle scheme is no longer operational. Unfortunately, this means that there is no collection of soft plastics available for customers at the present time. In the meantime, customers are advised to dispose of their soft plastics in the landfill bin.