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Sustainability

Our Commitment To Sustainability

Given the importance of preserving the environment and conserving the finite resources of our planet, we operate within a self-imposed set of policies that reflect this concern.

Moreover, we recognise the need for continual improvement in the face of changing environmental issues and are committed to the ongoing development of systems and procedures that deliver environmental protection by conserving resources and minimising pollution.

The following sections set out our specific policies in these five key areas:

  • Materials

  • VOCs & Eliminating Formaldehyde

  • Manufacturing

  • Waste Recycling

  • Accreditations

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The Environment

We recognise and respect the importance of the environment and the need to conserve the finite resources of our planet, and we operate to a self-imposed set of policies that reflect this concern.

We meet and, where possible, exceed the environmental standards set down by law, and consider all issues raised in further legislation.

Recognising the need for continual improvement in the face of changing environmental issues, we are committed to the ongoing development of systems and procedures that deliver environmental protection by conserving resources and minimising pollution.

The following sections set out our specific policies in these four key areas:

  • Materials

  • Eliminating formaldehyde

  • Manufacturing

  • Waste recycling

Materials

When sourcing materials, we pay careful attention to suppliers’ environmental credentials:

We actively go looking for innovative, sustainable new materials and pass on our findings to designers for use in their projects.

We buy aluminium products from suppliers who use approximately 60% recycled aluminium.

We source paper-based laminate products from suppliers who obtain their paper from sustainable sources.

We source particle board, MDF, plywood, veneers and other timber-based raw materials from suppliers with FSC accreditation.

Eliminating Formaldehyde VOCs

Formaldehyde is traditionally added to particleboard and the glues used to bond laminate to it, both of which are common in washroom manufacture.

 Formaldehyde is a recognised carcinogen and a potent sensitiser (i.e. trigger of skin allergies). It causes headaches, chest pains and other symptoms, and is a contributory factor to acid rain.

Most manufactured articles containing formaldehyde will continue to emit harmful vapours over time.

We use a polyurethane alternative to traditional formaldehyde-based glues.

This prevents toxic volatile organic compound emissions, both from the glue itself and from the particleboard to which it is applied.

Polyurethane adhesives also deliver much better bonding performance than those using Formaldehyde.

This also increases the lifespan of the product.

Manufacturing

Our manufacturing operations and the materials we use are constantly monitored with the aim of minimising environmental impacts.

We use optimisation software to keep offcut wastage from laminated boards and solid grade laminate material to the absolute minimum.

We use polyurethane gluing for all laminating and bonding, to eliminate the risks of VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions and formaldehyde.

Our capital investment programme ensures that all equipment operates at optimum efficiency to control and reduce the environmental impact of our activities.

We have installed silencers on our dust extraction equipment to maintain the ambient noise levels in the surrounding area.

Waste Recycling

Our new automated warehouse facility ensures that even offcuts are considered when planning a project, allowing them to be re-used wherever possible and reducing waste

We aim to recycle waste materials as much as possible, particularly in the following areas:

We incinerate all wood-based waste in a computer-controlled biomass boiler, at a temperature that prevents harmful emissions.

This boiler is also used for heating and hot water, thus reducing energy consumption.

We send all waste aluminium to be recycled and maintain ongoing staff training to ensure that all staff co-operate with the scheme.

We break down all scrap chipboard and offcuts that cannot be re-used in an industrial wood chipper.

This allows larger pieces of wood-based waste to be incinerated and prevents them from being sent to landfill sites.

We shred all waste paper and bag it ready for recycling.

We aim to remove cardboard packaging used to cover products for transportation at the point of delivery and return it to our plant for reuse.

Accreditations

We understand the importance clients place on using suppliers with the right sustainability accreditations, so that schemes can actually demonstrate their environmental impact.

We are FSC Mix accredited, under the W12 Indoor Furniture section.

Formal certification for ISO 14001 is under consideration for later this year.

Our ethical & sustainable practices contribute to WELL & BREAAM points.

Due to the bespoke nature of our products, we are currently reviewing the feasibility of acquiring Environmental Product Declarations but we can source these for the raw materials we use.

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