Our Story

Over 30 years ago, Mercurius was born in Australia, in partnership with Mercurius International. From the very start, the vision of Mercurius has been to support healthy child development, through education and creativity. This vision is a core component in the curriculum of the world-wide education movement embodied in Steiner and Waldorf schools. It is also seen in all forms of education that embrace an education, led by meaningful creativity, through head, heart and hands.

Mercurius,  created by experienced Steiner teachers, grew up quickly in Australia. Originally operating out of Melbourne, Mercurius became a wholly owned Australian business in 1993, and in 2022, moved to Adelaide, under the umbrella and care of Oskar's Wooden Ark.

Throughout it's inception and right through to the current day, Mercurius has been committed to supply Schools, Early Learning Centers, Therapists, Artists and Retailers with high quality products that support the developing child. And to this day, Mercurius remains true to its vision.

Our product selection is inspired by Steiner, Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio Emilia education - working with, and recognising the age-appropriate learning that takes place in nature, and through creativity and imaginative play. 

We select our products to be as close to nature as possible, while still retaining a consiousness around quality, usability and function. The quality and agelessness of our products speak for themselves - much of our core range has remained unchanged for over 30 years.

 

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Product Values Quality Performance Environment Social and Ethics

Our values form part of the everyday decisions we make, including the way we run our business, the products we represent and the business partners we work with.

We aim for transparency in the products we distribute - from the raw materials they are produced with, through the production process, shipping, packaging and right up to the final delivery and supply to our customers. 

Product selection is a critical part of ensuring we adhere to our values; we look into the product as well as the company behind the products we select.

 1. Does a product meet our expectations of performance? This includes evaluating the artistic quality and workmanship of the product, looking at the durability and longevity of the product and examining how the product enhances or supports the healthy development of the person using it.  

2. What are the environmental credentials of the product? We look at a broad range of enviromental impacts for the products we source, including, but not limited to organic certification, natural materials, plant-based dyes, natural finishes, sustainably harvested raw materials and FSC-accredited wood.

3. What are the social and ethical credentials of the company behind the product? Many of our products are produced by small, sustainable businesses that support social therapeutic communities.  In supporting these businesses we enhance these therapeutic communities by providing the people that live there with meaningful work.

It is not a simple process, but by looking at these questions we can evaluate the product on a balance of all aspects. It is not enough if a product has glowing enviromental credentials, is all organic and natural, but then does not support the healthy development of the child; or if a product appears perfect, but the company behind it is only after large profits, uses child labour and is without respect for the environment.

We take our selection criteria seriously. When you choose a product from Mercurius a lot of research has gone into selecting the best possible product for performance, healthy development, environmental impact and social ethical responsibilities.

We value products whose manufacturers support socially aware work places, have an environmentally aware culture and where possible use FSC, organic, natural and sustainable raw materials

If you would like more information about any of our products or their credentials, please contact us.

 

Values in our Workplace

 

The little decisions often have the greatest impact - within our office and warehouse we constantly review and implement environmently conscious best-business practice and decisions.

 

  • We print on both sides of our in-house use paper, or where this is not possible, use the back as note paper

  • Planet Ark FSC certified, 100% recycled, made in Australia photocopy and printer paper

  • Once fully used, our printed paper is shredded, with the shredded paper used as part of our packing materials

  • The majority of our packaging materials we recycle from deliveries to our warehouse, including packing boxes, packing noodles and bubblewrap

  • Where we need to replenish our packing materials, we souce compostable vegetable-starch packing noodles

  • Where we need to buy new packing boxes, we choose recycled cardboard or FSC certified boxes

  • Where our imported raw wood products and toys require treatment to meet AQIS regulations, we choose non-toxic gamma radiation over standard chemical fumigation.

 

What will you find in our kitchen and cleaning room?

  • Enviro Friendly cleaning products

  • Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper

  • Organic tea and coffee supplies

  • Supply real coffee cups and glasses for staff and visitors