A Greener Way to Print: Environmental Commitment & Policy
As a leader in the signage and graphics industry, Signs Express are committed to adopting and continually improving sustainable business practices that focus on minimising the environmental impacts of our work, to create a better environment for a better tomorrow.
There are five commitments we are working towards as a brand to reduce our environmental footprint:
- Zero waste to landfill
- Greener product alternatives – providing customer choice
- Carbon neutral operation
- Environmental awareness & training to internal teams
- Ongoing, continual improvement and focus on sustainability
Bringing this to life:
Zero waste to landfill
At Signs Express we regularly review and assess our waste and waste disposal practices to ensure that we are focused on preventing waste in the first instance, reducing waste, reusing or recycling waste, but as a minimum, seeking to recover energy from waste via incineration. Our waste management practices are proactively managed, reviewed and tracked so we can reduce and eliminate waste being sent to landfill.
Specific examples include printer ink cartridges being recycled through manufacturers, paper and cardboard being recycled and new arrangements being introduced for collection of previously non-recyclable backing papers and vinyls that can now be recycled/repurposed to create new products.
Greener product alternatives
Part of our role in the protection of the environment is to educate our customers about the greener product alternatives that are available and that are more sustainable, in either the way they are made or sourced (reducing the carbon footprint of the supply chain) or the recyclability of the signs and graphics at the end of their life. We have access to an ever-growing range of products derived from renewable resources or with reduced environmental impact that we promote during our sales process, giving the customer choice. By procuring goods and supplies that meet these criteria, we limit the amount of waste and recognise that prevention is better than cure.
Specific examples include reducing the use of PVC products and sourcing materials with more recycled content in them.
Environmental awareness & training
We recognise that the empowerment of our employees is our strongest weapon in the battle for environmental protection and will therefore arrange for suitable training and awareness building sessions to be made available where possible on environmental implications of our work activities and the factors that are within our control. We will encourage our employees’ involvement in developing sustainable improvements, through regular discussion.
We aim to foster an understanding of environmental issues appropriate to and in the context of our business and those who work with us. Across some of our sites, we encourage our teams to participate in UK-based eco projects that improve the local biodiversity from tree planting to habitat restoration.
Continual improvement and focus on sustainability
Our intention is to ensure that we continually improve the environmental impact of our activities. We seek excellence in every area of our work and are committed to continuing to improve our environmental performance by minimising our environmental impact. We commit to regularly reviewing our activities, policies and targets to ensure we are reducing emissions, reducing waste and promoting best practice. This is an ongoing commitment upheld by every member of the Signs Express team.
We commit to having a carbon neutral operation by annually measuring our carbon footprint across our national network of production centres, following globally recognised standards and working with Carbon Neutral Britain, identifying opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint (addressing our direct emissions, energy consumption and other activities such as travel, events, waste). Our carbon footprint (measured in tonnes of CO2) that cannot be reduced at this time, will be offset by supporting both local and global projects that restore the environment (and capture carbon from the environment).
Specific examples include installation of LED lighting, turning off equipment overnight, reducing energy use, promoting eco-driving awareness and reducing unnecessary travel to name a few.
We are passionate about making changes today to preserve the environment for tomorrow. It’s a joint effort and every business in the Signs Express franchise has a role to play to create cleaner, safer and sustainable working practices that make a difference.
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