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Sustainability

Sustainability is at the forefront of what we do and will be essential to how and what we supply going forward

We are on a mission to reduce, reuse and recycle to minimise our impact on the environment. Through initiatives focussed on removing single-use plastics and switching to renewable fuels, we’re working towards a more sustainable future. In fact, some of the biggest transformations have been within our own workplace.

Renewable energy

We source all our electricity from renewable sources across all sites we operate, and ensure our Gas is carbon offset.

On the road

Local deliveries are made in our electric van where possible. For deliveries further afield, our preferred national parcel network is DPD, which commits to making every parcel they deliver carbon neutral. We have also installed EV charging points at our office and distribution centre locations, and we have EVs and hybrids in our fleet.

On our products

Our paper packaging is 100% recycled (made from FSC certified paper), 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable.

Our road to Net Zero

Internal changes are not enough. We need to look beyond the emissions generated by our distribution centre to understand how the goods and services we use impact the environment. That’s why we’re working in partnership with our suppliers, customers and manufacturers to influence the entire value chain.

Sourcing sustainably
We’re dedicated to finding alternative, greener materials. Our extensive workwear range now includes 100% recycled (made with polyester or recycled bottles), biodegradable, reusable and vegan products. We use FSC certified paper products (hand towels and toilet paper) and 100% recycled personal paper products.

Innovating to make a difference
We’re continually scanning the horizon to find more sustainable ways of working. So far, we’ve created a super concentrated chemical that reduces single-use plastic bottles and developed an environmentally non-polluting disinfectant.

Garment shredding and recycling
Your old uniforms and workwear can be transformed into new garments thanks to our recycling processes. Find out more here.

Efficient stock management
Through our order management and control platform, CTRL Cloud, we’re enabling our customers to have greater control and transparency over their stock – reducing duplications, enhancing order accuracy and creating efficiency.

ISO14001:2015 Environmental Standard

Our journey towards sustainability is just that – a journey. We are accredited to ISO14001:2015, which sets objectives and targets for our business. These include:

  • Monitoring paper usage (sheets) and the CO2 produced.
  • Using meter readings (gas, water, electricity) to monitor and reduce high usage.
  • Monitoring Sales Rep fuel mileage vs number of scheduled appointments.
  • Measuring our carbon footprint to look at ways to reduce in 2022/23.
  • Improving employee awareness through training, e.g. the NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work qualification.