Environmental

Environmental

 

Yearbook & Paper Recycling

We’re committed to responsible practices to protect the future of our planet. Our company invests in research and innovations to improve the management of our global forest resources.

We purchase certified stocks from our suppliers in compliance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). These organizations are part of a global umbrella that supports the promotion of sustainable forest management, protection of wildlife, and air and water quality.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo on a wood or wood based product is your assurance that it is made with, or contains, wood that comes from FSC certified forests or from post-consumer waste.

In the past six years, we’ve recycled over 7,700 tons of paper. In doing so, we’ve helped preserve more than 130,000 trees, 2.9 million gallons of oil, 54.5 million gallons of water, nearly 32 million kilowatt hours of energy, and 25,727 cubic yards of landfill space. We’re proud of our accomplishments and will continue to improve, monitor, measure and report our progress in meeting sustainability standards. Join us in our efforts to support a more environmentally conscious tradition.

 

Graduation Regalia

Balfour produces the UltraGreen Souvenir Caps & Gowns for graduation. UltraGreen is 100% polyester fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and is an excellent choice for both your school and the environment. Made with a 100% post-consumer recycled textile, manufactured from recycled plastic PET bottles in a crease-resistant satin finish.

 

Clean Class Rings

Balfour was the first class ring manufacturer to endorse No Dirty Gold’s Golden Rules that call on the mining industry to extract and manufacture gold under higher social, human rights and environmental standards.
For more information about this movement, please visit www.nodirtygold.org.

 

The Kimberley Process

The United Nations passed a resolution called the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme that is designed to certify the origins of diamonds and to ensure these stones are not “conflict” or “blood” diamonds.

It is Balfour’s commitment to you that diamonds used in our products are conflict-free, based on written guarantees from our diamond supplier.

 

Environmentally-Friendly Stones 

Our simulated birthstones are all lab-created stones, with many sharing the same chemical properties as genuine stones. With the exception of diamonds, our birthstones are not mined and are very eco-friendly. 

 

Recycled Steel 

Our Celestrium™ material is a fine jeweler’s stainless steel that is over 95% recycled material.

 

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. They do this by providing resources, professional development, and  a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. Balfour is a member.