Winner: Boss Design
West Midlands-based Boss Design set up a dedicated team to minimise waste and maximise recycling through better design and manufacture of contract furniture. The company has implemented CO2 data sheets for individual products, waste stream recycling data and “uplift and recycling” of redundant furniture.
As part of the plan, Boss Design purchased two general waste compactors and balers for cardboard and plastic which allow for easier recycling. It also hired two ‘cleaners’ who are dedicated to the segregation of recyclable materials.
Staff are engaged by a committee comprising a cross-section of employees, from managers and office staff to supervisors from each shop floor department. During the meetings employees can make new suggestions for improving the company’s environmental credentials and discuss current processes that may be improved.
This was an outstanding entry in terms of sustainability and waste management in a business with a manufacturing focus, not always the easiest sector to achieve such progress
As a significant local employer, Boss Design decided to sponsor the Dudley Environment Zone, which provides a high-quality, comprehensive and costeffective curriculum development and environmental awareness service to schools. The zone is now a focal point for renewable energy sources, boasting a 6kW wind turbine and 3kW solar panels.
Another initiative, ‘School Walks and Talks’, helps to give students a greater knowledge of environmentally friendly manufacturing. During these walks, students are educated on the different materials used and how they are recycled. At the end of the day, the students can design an environmentally friendly chair.
Since the implementation of its environmental ethos, the company has reduced CO2 production per employee from 6.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent to 5.3 tonnes. This is despite an increase in staff levels, production and the purchase of a larger manufacturing unit.
In 2015 the company recycled 60.5 tonnes of cardboard, up from 45.9 tonnes in the previous year. It also increased paper recycling from 4.6 to 7.3 tonnes and chair recycling from 68.2 to 181.3 tonnes.
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