Ruby & Sky cares about the environment and the impact our small business has on future generations. To tread a little more lightly we have implemented the following policies into our everyday operations and will continue to monitor and update our systems and processes accordingly. 


Online Orders

We have replaced our current recycled packaging for new compostable products for all online orders courtesy of the fabulous team at

Their products including mailers and tissue paper are 100% compostable at home and commercially. Mailers are made from a combination of PBAT, a bio based polymer which is compostable, and PLA which is made up of plant materials such as regular field corn and wheat straw. Their use of PLA makes up barely 0.05% of the annual global corn crop, making it an incredibly low-impact resource.

To find out how you can start composting check out - a local Melbourne company spreading the word about the benefits of worm composting! 

We also use the eco-friendly noissue tissue because it is:

  • FSC certified - Forest Stewardship Council certifies that the paper products that make up their printed tissue paper are sourced from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly and sustainably;
  • Acid free - made from cellulose fibre where the active acid pulp is eliminated during processing. It is also lignin- and sulfur-free, meaning that their ink won’t transfer from the tissue and the paper won’t leave behind any of these chemicals when decomposing; and
  • Use soy based inks - an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based inks, made from soybeans, a renewable resource. While soy inks are slower to dry than many inks, the process produces more vibrant colours as well as having the added benefit of not leaving behind petroleum based products when decomposing. Finally, soy inks have low levels of VOCs, reducing air pollution during the drying process.

Noissue's Eco-Packaging Alliance is a great way to contribute to global reforestation - for every order they receive they will plant trees for you in areas of need.


noissue eco packaging alliance
In Store
We only supply recycled paper bags if the customer requests one at a fee of 20c as per South Melbourne Market's sustainability policy and we have noticed a huge change in attitude towards this initiative - for the better! 
We are also trialling a new program to switch to 'email only' receipts in April 2020 which will not only alleviate the need for customers to retain paper copies but it will also further reduce our environmental footprint.
All our commercial waste in store is also sorted into categories to recycle on the premises making use of the market's various initiatives to create a sustainable service to the wider community.
If you have any other suggestions on how we can be a more sustainable and eco friendly business feel free to contact us here - we love feedback on how to make Ruby & Sky an even more committed and positive place to shop!

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