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  • Sustainability

    The 鶹ý of Companies mission pledge is to “support the local economy and the natural environment, operate with integrity and deliver on our commitments”.

  • Our planet and society are facing new challenges every day, and we must all play our part in driving positive social and environmental change. The 鶹ý of Companies is committed to making continuous improvements in the management of our environmental impact, and we are proudly leading the way by integrating sustainable practices across our business.

    Our eco-friendly production facility The Friary was unveiled in 2017, and continues to have measurable positive effects on 鶹Ƶ’s environmental footprint.

    The Friary includes eco-friendly LED lighting, high quality insulation and 256 photovoltaic solar panels mounted on the south-facing roof, which produce excess electricity at a rate of 3% per month. It was also designed to harvest rainwater for use in the Group’s cleaning and toilets; our two tanks save an average of 12,000 litres per month. Whilst work was underway on The Friary, an old artesian well was uncovered, which was excavated, re-lined and recommissioned. This, along with the harvested rainwater, now serves all the buildings on site with water for cleaning and is also used for machine testing.

    鶹Ƶ’s environmental awareness initiatives extend beyond what has been facilitated by the building of The Friary. An air source heat pump has been installed to provide eco-friendly heating. We swapped plastic for paper cups in all water coolers and for all hot drinks, and have had a conscious drive of everyday recycling awareness among staff, taking our recycling of cardboard above 95% every month. We are exceptionally proud of our environmentally friendly facilities and the improved eco-awareness of our staff, and we are pleased to often welcome customers and contacts to our site for tours. 

    The year after The Friary was completed, the 鶹ý won two environmental awards in recognition of the environmental improvements:

    Environmental Initiative of the Year – PPMA Awards
    Ethical/Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year – Made in the South East Awards

    As part of our waste reduction mission, 鶹Ƶ participates in the TerraCycle scheme – an innovative recycling initiative that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials. This means any excess waste is reused, recycled or up-cycled to ensure it gains a second life.

    The 鶹ý of Companies is also a member of the Sustainable Business Partnership, and our staff regularly organise and participate in eco-awareness events, including Beach Cleans and more.

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