Sustainability is all-important for Earth Kids and STE Products
Earth Kids Childcare Centre opened last year in Sydney, NSW, with 49 places for children aged from 6 months to 6 years. Every aspect of the build and fit-out was scrutinised for its impact on the environment.
After completing a Master’s Degree in Sustainability, Diane Salter was committed to building and fitting out a sustainable childcare centre. “Of course, the reality is that not every element of a building can be constructed from sustainable materials, but my Master’s Degree gave me the knowledge to minimise our environmental footprint,” Proprietor Diane Salter said.
“I was also really keen to find non-PVC beds to reduce the toxic emissions that are in our everyday environment,” Diane said. “I think that’s particularly important for children. Searching online, I found Spacesaver stackable beds from STE Products, made with a waterproof, cleanable fabric that would certainly be healthier for the kids than PVC. I got in touch with STE, and Dan Kennard came out to show me their product range.”
Earth Kids ordered the Natural Wood tables and stackable chairs as well as the Birchwood furniture. “I love the wooden furniture as it works with our sustainability objectives,” Diane said. “The Natural Feeding Lowchairs are really popular with the children. They have a little table that clips on and off, so it can be used as a standard highchair, or the children can sit around a big table together in a nice, communal family way.”
Dan Kennard, Director of STE, reviewed the needs and objectives of Earth Kids and provided comprehensive and tailored lists for Diane to use as a guide. “That was so useful and time saving,” Diane commented. “The lists were a great starting point and even had recommended quantities based on the size of our centre.”
Diane reflected on her experience with STE Products: “I’d looked at other suppliers and STE was really the pick of the crop because of our sustainability focus. But then they became so much more, with their fantastic after sales service. If anything needed fixing or replacing, they were there straight away. I’ve since recommended them to other childcare centres because it was so refreshing to have such a positive customer service experience.”