WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO MAKE THE WORKPLACE SUSTAINABLE?
SB: Sustainably sound manufacturing processes are at the heart of everything we do here at Gaze Burvill. We are always looking for new ways in which we can benefit the environment, some of the areas we consider most important are:
Biomass boiler – Not wasting excess wood has always been a priority for the business. Our Biomass boiler provides a sustainable heat source making use of the waste wood and dust from the manufacturing process. The energy generated by the boiler provides heating across the workshops, offices, display area and two cottages. As a carbon neutral energy source this benefits the environment and returns considerable savings in fuel costs and waste disposal.
Solar Power – In 2016, PV array (solar panels) were installed on our workshop roof, reducing our consumption of non-renewable energy whilst shifting energy use towards renewable sources. The panels generate 44Kw of power directly into the workshop with any surplus being fed back into the National Grid. This power is also used to charge the electric car we use as a company vehicle.
Recycling – Reducing and recycling our waste is one of the simplest and most effective ways to be a sustainable business. We take great care to ensure that we recycle any waste paper, packaging and plastics used in the offices and workshops. We have also made sure that there is no plastic packaging or waste when shipping our products.
Water Usage – Where possible we reuse water and ensure that we minimise our water usage across the business. This not only benefits the environment but also helps us to save money in the long run.