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Chalkboards UK and the Environment

The Porter and Woodman Group is committed to a sustainable future.

Steps Towards Carbon Neutrality
  • In 2015 the company installed a large Biomass woodburner to convert the wood waste we produce to energy. Since then we have used no gas within two of our warehouses, and have massively reduced the waste we send to landfill.

  • In 2016 we replaced old and inefficient gas boilers with modern combi-boilers.

  • Over the past two years we have been replacing older lighting systems with LED across our warehouse and office space, significantly saving electricity usage.

  • In 2018 we will be converting our electricity supply to a 100% renewable source. Having undertaken a carbon impact analysis of using energy from an external renewable source as opposed to retrofitting solar panels, the former provides us with our best solution.

Our Environmental Commitments

Sourcing of materials:

  • Wherever possible, we use wood suppliers that conform to FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) guidelines. This ensures the purchase of high quality timber in a sustainable manner with no net shift in the global Carbon budget. For more information see; 

    http://www.fsc-uk.org/en-uk/about-fsc/who-is-fsc

  • The softwood we purchase comes from Scandinavian mills who are not only audited by the FSC but also subscribe to their own country's stringent environmental policies - more trees are planted than are cut down.

  • The contents of our hampers are sourced as locally as possible without compromising the quality of the goods.

    We support small suppliers of excellent quality products.

    We promote traditional and artisan methods of production, doing our best to keep local traditions alive and profitable.

  • Much of what we sell has a life well beyond "just packaging". Wooden crates have their own intrinsic value and are used around the home, office or retail space to provide storage and presentation solutions.

Packaging and Waste:

  • Recycling: On site, all waste paper, cardboard, plastic and wood is recycled wherever possible, or used as fuel in the biomass burner, providing energy to heat the warehouses.
    We have given all staff personal drinks containers to promote our views on sustainability and have removed plastic glasses from our sites.

  • E-mails and Printing - all staff are encouraged not to print out received e-mails and documents unless absolutely necessary.

    When printing documents, both sides of the paper are used to reduce paper waste.

  • Packaging: We use a selection of the following:

    Crumpled paper - 100% recycled, recyclable and biodegradable.

    Air strips – recycled air cushions which reduce plastic pollution and land fill.

    Bubble wrap and bags made from recycled materials. 

    Baskets – willow, seagrass and bamboo from entirely renewable resources.

    Outer boxes - made from 100% recyclable cardboard

Transport and Delivery:

  • We rely on a variety of overnight courier services, ensuring efficient use of logistics. We also employ a co-operative system with our suppliers, where deliveries to the same or nearby destinations are combined, eliminating duplicated journeys.

  • Staff are encouraged to plan their journeys as efficiently as possible. eg. A sales call in London will be combined with as many other calls as possible in the area or en-route.

In Conclusion

By working closely with our suppliers, by training our staff and through informing our customers of our actions, we hope to demonstrate that our company is taking a responsible and active role in its relationship with the environment.

 

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