How Sundry Supplies are striving for carbon reduction [BLOG]
How Sundry Supplies are striving for carbon reduction
Find out what we're doing to help reduce our impact on the environment
Here at Sundry Supplies, we are a business that is committed to providing you with ethical and sustainable supplies for your workplace. We are eco-conscious and have various policies in place for reducing the environmental impact of our business, helping to reducing our carbon footprint in new and innovative ways.
Carbon Neutral Goals for Ireland
Ireland is set to become carbon free by 2050, with the aim of reducing carbon production by 7% every year for the next 10 years. With targets for each sector of the economy, it will reshape the economy with a shift to decarbonisation, creating renewable energy along with creating jobs and a circular economy.
Our Carbon Reduction Goals
We have created a carbon neutral plan which details our aims for reducing carbon as a business. This plan includes:
Power Management is to be enabled on all PCs, laptops and print equipment, saving energy whilst not in use.
Unless a hard copy is absolutely required, we use electronic devices to display and share information. Where printing is essential, we choose double sided and black and white. We have switched our account systems to e-invoicing. This complies with our Environmental Policy and has also made our invoicing system much more efficient for our customers.
Recycling and Reducing Waste
We promote the use of shredders for shredding all wastepaper to minimise the amount of waste from our paper use. To assist our customers, we offer online ordering and digital catalogues as a paper-free alternative.
All manilla envelopes are manufactured from 100% recycled paper and have a minimum of 100% post-consumer waste. All white envelopes are made from paper produced from sustainable forests and are fully certified for the Chain of Custody of FSC & PEFC paper. Chain of Custody is the unbroken path which products take from the forest to the customer, including all stages of manufacturing, transformation and distribution.
All operating equipment is serviced on a yearly basis. This ensures that equipment operates within specification and at an optimal use of energy and other resources.
Lights off Policy
Staff are required to turn lights off whenever rooms are unoccupied and upon leaving the building. All our internal lighting is environmentally friendly; we use energy saving lightbulbs throughout the building. This ensures that equipment operates within specification and at an optimal use of energy and other resources.
Thermostats are installed to maintain appropriate heating levels within several separate heating zones on our premises.
Staff are encouraged to share or combine journeys where possible to minimise the costs and resources associated with driving. We encourage employees to consider their work and lifestyle choices such as using public transport to commute to and from to work thereby reducing carbon footprint.
Our van routes are optimised to deliver on specific days and within the same areas to minimise fuel usage an maximise energy efficiency.
We buy from a number of ethical suppliers who are striving to be carbon neutral or have been GreenTag certified, such as our SitStand desk manufacturer.
Our Manufacturer’s Environmental Manual forms part of the Integrated Policy Manual which comprises of formal procedures in respect of:
ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems
ISO 14001: 2015 Environment Management Systems
ISO 4500:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management
We are continually updating our procedures to reduce the amount of carbon we produce as a business in line with government and industry advice. If you would like more information on how we are striving to become carbon neutral, then please contact us for more information.