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Posted by Ben Thomas on

Direct Office Furniture care about the environment and recognise that we have a responsibility to consider what manufactures we use as these have an impact upon it.

Our manufactures are committed to continually improving the ways in which they can minimise these effects including the reduction of pollution and waste in all areas of our manufacturing processes. Some of the ways in which these are managed are:

  • Measure and assess efforts through ISO14001 Environmental Management System by setting clear objectives for improvement and a management program to achieve them, with regular reviews for continual improvement.

 

  • Full membership to the Furniture Industry Sustainability Program (FISP). Focus on reducing social and environmental impacts whilst maintaining or improving economic performance.

 

  • Chain of custody certification with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) represents the unbroken path which products take from the forest to the consumer, including all stages of manufacturing, transportation and distribution. It provides evidence that certified products originate from well-managed forests.

 

All of this combined with efforts to further reduce carbon emissions via transportation and numerous recycling initiatives are part of ongoing commitment of working towards a more sustainable and greener future.

The waste that is produced, not only from the manufacturing process, but also the packaging and administration areas of the business is segregated and collected at the point that it is produced. It is then taken to a central point ready for collection by a Waste management Company who then manage the appropriate recycling of all products. The following statics are from one our our many manufactures that all follow similar waste management strategies, these include:

  • Board Off Cuts
    Sending around 110 tonnes of off cuts away to be recycled every year.

 

  • Sawdust
    Just over 308 tonnes of sawdust is recycled from the factory each year. This comes from the cutting and drilling we do during the manufacturing process.

 

  • Cardboard and Paper
    From the packaging of our standard and Bespoke range of products and also the paper used within the administration process, we recycle 12 tonnes of cardboard and paper waste every year.

 

  • Metal
    All the metal waste coming from the manufacturing process is recycled. 7 tonnes every year.

 

  • IT Equipment
    Even when our IT Equipment is replaced and updated, nothing is thrown away. This is collated and either sent for recycling or, if in working order, is given to a charity.

 


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