Swallowfield recognises that concern for the environment is an integral and fundamental part of its business strategy. Managers at all levels in Swallowfield are committed to ensuring that environmental issues and impacts are taken into account when reaching business decisions and in managing operations.
The accreditation applies to those environmental aspects which the organisation has control and over which it can be expected to have an influence. This standard is applicable to any organisation that wishes to:
We are aiming to reduce material waste and the amount of material that we dispose of in landfill sites. The result of this has been a 37% reduction in the waste we send to landfill over a 3 year period.
For both primary and secondary packaging we are constantly looking at reducing the amount of glass, metal, plastic and cardboard. We sell packaging for re-use, we re-cycle waste material, plastic and cardboard and where possible we source locally to reduce our input mileage and we have an aerosol recycle scheme. We also have increased the use of post consumer recycled material.
We have some very familiar approaches to energy consumption such as, variable speed motors and server consolidation and virtualisation and also some very industry specific approaches like the use of cold processing technology and heat recovery and insulation. This has enabled a 25% reduction on energy consumption over the last 5 years.
We have employed a variety of approaches to water usage reduction, starting with some changes in our overflow controls on some of our process equipment and proactive changes in our sanitation processes. We have installed a modern reverse osmosis water plant with added controls, all these attributes contribute to the success in reducing water consumption with a noticeable figure of 64% reduction in 5 years.
"It will become increasingly important in the coming year for us all to act responsibly and reduce our impact on the environment. Swallowfield must continue to take a leadership role in this area" - Chris How (Chief Executive Officer)