Small steps to a greener business

The health of our planet’s environment impacts all of us, today and for future generations. Campaigners such as legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough have made a massive difference to our awareness of the growing environmental crisis, having shared the wonders of the natural world with us throughout his entire career. Perhaps people like Sir David do make more than their fair share of impact on peoples’ behaviour, but if everybody (individual, family, community, small business, corporation or nation) started making small changes to their environment-influencing behaviours, it’s fair to say that between us, we could change the world!

Here are some of the ways in which we are taking small and steady steps to a greener way of thinking at Haddon & James:

Cardboard Packaging: We now have large shredders on site for all the excess packaging materials that we generate. This includes our own packaging, the boxes from our suppliers and any other unused paper and card. Rather than throw this away, we are now recycling in-house. This recycled card and paper is used as padding and packaging when we send out other goods – nothing is wasted. Our boxes are also made from fully recyclable and sustainable sources.

Paper Tape: Customers will also notice that we are using paper tape to seal the boxes. This is a biodegradable product and is reinforced with a natural string which is equally environmentally friendly. This security tape is both strong and green, so it ticks two boxes in our core values – being good for our customers and good for the planet.

No Staples: You should never see a staple on any of our own packaging – they are banned. If you do, please let us know, and we will do our very best to hunt down where it came from and make sure it has no other friends looking to sneak into our process.

Water-based Glue: All the glue that we use to seal boxes and secure customers’ orders is environmentally friendly, strong, water-based glue. This means that it is incredibly safe and does not interfere with the recycling processes or poison the planet.

Watch this space

With green issues at the forefront of our minds, we are always looking to take more small steps. We are in the process of switching over to low-energy LED lighting within our warehouse and offices, and are committed to replacing our diesel-powered delivery vans with electric vehicles over the next few years.

All our staff are made aware of environmental issues and are committed to this drive for green products, procedures and practices. We are very keen to be a company that sets an example to others, although we recognise that there is still a long way to go.