Doing better at Mud — Our Social and Environmental goals.

We’re always looking to do things better – be it design, making, workplace, social or environmental. Detailed below are our current sustainability initiatives. We will continue to update you on our sustainability journey as we progress. We hope our transparency will instill confidence in your next Mud purchase.

Social Goals

Mud understands an enriching workplace for all employees is intrinsic in societal sustainability. Mud has implemented various community orientated projects to encourage a healthy, happy and progressive work environment. These include:

The Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize
The newly formed Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize is funded by Mud Australia. This annual $10,000 Prize is awarded to an outstanding student in the field of ceramics to support their final year of studies. This Prize is about nurturing the next generation of Australian artists and encouraging innovations in the craft of our ceramics community. You can read more about this Prize here.

Supporting Charities
Each year Mud supports charities aligned with our values and to causes most in need. In 2020 we donated over $15,000 (AUD) towards the Australian bushfire appeal. We’re also passionate about donating to public and not-for-profit education institutions – if you’re a public school within one of our geographical communities, please contact us here.

Employee Profit Sharing
Mud offers an annual profit sharing incentive plan that shares company success with our team members who have been with us for more than a year.

Mud Club!
Many of our team have their own creative practice. To promote their creativity Mud hosts an bi-annual event called ‘Mud Club’ that provides an environment for them to exhibit and sell their art.

Fun Stuff
Mud Australia studio does our best to offer a nurturing, rewarding and fun work environment. Pre COVID-19 we offered weekly yoga classes and monthly massages for all factory and office staff. We’re looking forward to re-implementing these activities for our staff. We also host monthly team breakfasts to foster our Mud staff community.

Reconciliation Efforts
Mud Australia acknowledges we operate our studio on Gadigal country. We acknowledge the Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the Eora Nation and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We’re currently forming a Reflect RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) to address how we can do more as a business.

Environmental Goals

Mud has always been dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint, but we want to make it official. The 2019-2020 devastating Australian bushfires motivated us to make the commitment to become carbon neutral by the end of 2020. We in the process of a carbon audit to stay true to our promise. Here’s the run down on everything we’re doing to go greener:

Going Carbon Neutral
Since May 2020 Mud has been working with certified agency South Pol to become Carbon Neutral by the end of 2020. Once the results are in, our aim will be to continue to minimise our GHGs through our work practices and then offset via local and internationally accredited projects. We look forward to sharing this journey and the rewarding projects we’ll be offsetting against.

Sustainable Design
Sustainability is built into our design DNA. Our products eschew seasonality, complement any interior, and are made to last. All new additions to our range are designed to be useful and match existing designs. We believe in conscious and responsible consumption and this starts with good design.

Reducing our Packing Waste
In July 2018 we replaced our plastic foam protective packaging with 100% biodegradable and compostable Ranpak packaging. When you receive Mud in the post, you can dispose of the wrapping in your backyard compost bin or kerbside recycling bin.

New Packaging
Our new packaging is 100% recyclable and compostable eco packaging. Made from 80% post-consumer paper and printed using water based inks. We encourage you to either reuse these boxes in your household, recycle, compost or return to your nearest Mud store next time – we’ll reuse these internally.

Reusable Tote Bags
Meet our beautiful new Mud cotton shopping tote – introduced to reduce our disposable bag usage. The tote’s multi-functional, everyday design features the Mud logo available in three accented shades of citrus, steel and blue and is crafted from 100% cotton drill. Perfectly sized to fit all daily essentials with a handy internal mobile and keys pocket, we encourage you to bring it along when visiting our Mud stores.
Purchase here or receive complementary with purchases over $140 (in stores only).

Sea Freight over Air Freight
In April 2020 our logistics team made the switch from air to ocean freight for our product deliveries. Maritime shipping is the world’s most carbon-efficient form of long distance transport.

A Greener Workplace
We’re working to make our office greener. We do this through:

– Over 135 solar panels on our factory roof (which powers 25% our energy needs)
– LED lighting within our spaces
– 100% recycled paper in our offices
– Compost bins in our staff kitchens
– Strict water filtrations systems in our clay studio

Stay tuned! We’re moving factories and will be updating you on all our green eco-minded initiatives as they come to fruition.