Our products are born of the spirit and of the beauty of the great outdoors
Towards Net Zero - Environment Update
The pace of change is getting quicker as we move from a wish-list to taking practical steps.
At Palm, we aim to be at the leading edge.
Recycling is IN
Recycling is becoming more widespread as the technology of cleaning, resorting and reusing improves and as household waste is sorted better. At home, we now have 3 bins - one for organic waste which is turned into fertilizer - one for recyclable waste which can be resorted and reused - and the third for non-recyclable waste which ends up as landfill.
Our focus will now be on reducing the non-recyclable waste.
All our products are recyclable if required.
Long-life is IN, Single-use is OUT
Most of our products are guaranteed unbreakable forever - so they will last forever
Melamine and Bamboo-Melamine is OUT
They cannot be remelted so they cannot be recycled.
They can contaminate recyclable waste if mis-takingly mixed in with it.
They can have a short life as they can break or chip
Biodegradable Plastic is OUT
Biodegradable plastic has an additive that helps normal plastic breakdown into small pieces when exposed to sunlight and moisture - creating an even bigger problem.
Marc Newson for the 36th America’s Cup - The Prada Cup & Logo
For its 36th edition the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport, welcomed presenting sponsor Prada, which created the latest version of the trophy Prada Cup for this special occasion. The stunning Prada Cup silver trophy was created by Marc and handcrafted to his specification by Florentine silversmiths. It is housed in a luxurious leather trunk designed and handcrafted by Prada.”
“This is one of the most dynamic events in the world, and my initial thoughts about the trophy were to create an object that wasn’t static, which had a sense of movement, which reflected the technology. They’re no longer boats really - they are kind of flying objects…I thought wow, wouldn’t it be interesting to think of a trophy that flies in the same way that these vessels do.”
The Palm Outdoor difference
Our vision is to create a globally relevant business in outdoor drink and tableware by being the best at what we do.
A measure of our success is that we now export to over 30 countries and have a rapidly expanding on-line presence.
To be the best our quality must be the best and our costs must be competitive.
We do this by making all our products in our own state-of-the art facility using automation and the Toyota Lean-production method. – we only market products that we make.
To be the best our products must be fit-for consumers' intended purpose and be beautiful so they appeal to the heart and well as to the head. They must be as sustainable as possible.
Our focus is on our products and not the marketing. "Build a better mouse-trap and the world will beat a path to your door" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
To be the best we must innovate daily in everything we do and be a leader - not a follower.
To be the best our level of service must exceed expectations.
Lessons from the Covid-19
The Australian way is to come together during times of natural and economic crisis and to support each-other. We have witnessed a sharp increase in buy Australian sentiment and in sales. The same trend is evident in our export markets. A retail buyer commented "I am so glad we were able to support an Australian Made business".
The actions of China in spreading the virus and pressuring countries -particularly Australia - to conform to their views is rightly leading to a move away from Made-in-China.
Diversification of supply is now more important as supply chains have been disrupted worldwide and have left many retailers with empty shelves.
Palm Outdoor Australia's products are born of the spirit, the simple beauty and the toughness of the great outdoors. Our products are:
We aim to make our products beautiful to look at and to feel - to appeal to the heart. Our success can be measured by the winning of the prestigious Red Dot Award from Essen in Germany for our Marc Newson Drinkware and our Palm Non-slip Plates and Bowls and a Good Design Award from Chicago in the USA for our Caffe Cup.
We aim to make our products fit for their intended purpose - to appeal to the head.
- Many have our signature Non-slip Base
- Our Tumblers stack securely
- All have exceptional stability
Better for the environment
Our approach to minimizing our impact on the environment is by extending our products' life,
- All our products are reusable
- All are 100% recyclable
- Most are covered by our Forever Unbreakable Guarantee. They will outlast ceramic and melamine
- All are BPA-free and Melamine-free
We aim to be at the forefront of sustainable developments and will introduce advances as they become available.
"Green-wash" solutions such a Bamboo and so-called compostable materials are avoided.
Australian Made, Australian Owned
All our products are made in our facility in Melbourne, Australia, which is certified to quality standard ISO 9001 and environment standard ISO 14001. You can trust that there is no substitution of inferior materials.
Product led not Marketing led
The era when consumer markets are dominated by large top-heavy marketing and retail companies is changing rapidly. Their aim has been to buy cheap and sell expensively. This has led to reductions in functionality, quality and product life - feeding the throw-away society and landfill Consumers are increasingly looking for better quality and for longer-life products that fit their lifestyle.
Our structures are lean and our production automated. We can deliver a better product for the same price.
We continue to work hard to win the support of our customers the old fashioned way - through our products and service.
Featured Collection: Marc Newson Tritan® Drinkware
Forever Guaranteed Unbreakable - Forever Reuseable
We believe that Sustainability is best achieved by:
- make it once, use it forever, no need to dispose
- All our Tritan Drinkware, Jugs and Salad Bowls are Forever Guaranteed Unbreakable.
- All our Plates and Bowls are Forever Guaranteed Unbreakable
Collections that are 100% recyclable
- all our products are 100% recyclable
Collections with a Lower Carbon Footprint
- Our factory is certified to environment standard ISO14001 and produces with close to zero waste
- Our products use around a tenth of the energy used in equivalent glass and ceramic products from source to finished product
Replacing short-life, high energy and non-recyclable products with Forever Unbreakable Collections
- Our drinkware replaces disposable drinkware and drinkware made from shorter life materials such as polycarbonate and glass.
- Our dinnerware and replaces Ceramic and Melamine which is not recyclable, can break and chip, has higher embedded energy and contaminates recycling waste. IKEA has made a decision to phase out.
- Our Caffe Cup replaces disposable coffee.
Our approach is practical - no "greenwashing", no "virtue signalling"
Our commitment to sustainability is demonstrated by our industry-leading Forever Unbreakable Guarantee.
The way forward:
- More long-life reusable products
- More products that can be recycled
- More use of recycled materials
- No compostable products until they become feasible
- Better labelling and better education of a product's environmental credentials
The Palm Outdoor story
Palm Outdoor have been producing drinkware and tableware in Melbourne, Australia for more than 20 years.
Drawing on years of engineering experience in the automotive industry and a love of the outdoors, founder Robert Wilson has created an innovative range that is uniquely engineered for long life using the best available materials.
Both the Marc Newson Tritan Drinkware Collection and the Palm Non-slip Plate and Bowl Collection have won Red Dot Awards.
The Palm Caffe Cup won a Good Design Award from Chicago
Only products that set themselves apart through their excellent design receive these sought-after quality seals.
Marc Newson has been described as one of the most influential designers of his generation.
Our Marc Newson Drinkware Collection features his distinct ability to combine beautiful form with exceptional functionality.
US Patents Granted on Palm Caffe Cup
Patent on Butterfly Lid
Patent No.: US D843,167 S
The butterfly lid was developed to allow the free-flow of coffee and aroma - preserving the experience of an open cup. The usual sliders, buttons, flip flaps and spouts all constrict the flow and aroma and hot coffee is poured straight into your mouth. The butterfly lid allows the flow to be controlled by your lips, as you would when drinking from a cup.
Patent on Triple-Walled Cup with windows
Patent No.: US 10r30lrl0I B2 Date 28/05/2019
The triple-wall cup was developed to allow a window to be incorporated and to reduce the height of the cup by 30% compared to a double-wall cup. The advantages are that the coffee can be seen and the level judged, and the shorter height improves stability and allows fitment under an espresso or Nespresso machine.
Drinking glasses and coffee cups from Australia!
From www.seastarsailing.com Contact Yiorgos for your Mediterranean charter adventure
"We wanted them to be unbreakable. We wanted to minimize their slipping and spilling their content when the yachts are heeling. We wanted them to resist to scratching and continue looking nice after the first year of use. We got all we wanted and more. We also got award winning design by Marc Newson and environmental protection by their being 100% recyclable, BPA-free and Melamine-free. Visit the manufacturer’s website palmoutdoor.com.au and you will be convinced too, why we think that it is worth importing them all the way from Australia!"
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