Haddonstone is proudly committed to sustainability and we continually strive towards reducing our impact on both society and the environment. This includes ensuring our Show Gardens are as environmentally-friendly as possible, as well as to embedding sustainability policies across our manufacturing. In this week’s blog, we share with you some of the ways we are building a long-term sustainability approach.
We source the highest-grade natural aggregates from an environmentally responsible UK supplier. They are acutely aware of how their operations may impact the natural environment and as such, are committed to a programme of continual improvement to minimise its effect on the environment, prevent pollution and to provide a safe working environment for its employees.
This includes high grade natural limestone which is used to produce two of our cast stone material options, Haddonstone semi-dry cast limestone and TecStone wet-cast limestone.
Over 50% of high-grade natural limestone is included in our cast stone mixes, making it one of the highest-quality cast stone options on the market today.
Read more about how we source our limestone aggregates:Sourcing our limestone blog
Our Head Gardener, Andy Miller, is dedicated to ensuring our Northamptonshire Show Gardens are as environmentally-friendly as possible. Here are some of the initiatives Andy has introduced:
Finally, Andy conserves as much rainwater as possible thanks to several rainwater systems we have in place. This allows him to keep almost 70% of the Show Gardens watered, without resorting to using water from the mains.
Read more about Andy’s steps to making our Show Gardens as environmentally-friendly as possible:Andy's environmentally-friendly garden blog
“In the next five to 10 years, I’d like to see us continue to support sustainability across everything we do.”
David Barrow, Managing Director, Haddonstone
As well an ensuring we recycle as much paper and cardboard waste generated in our offices as possible, our manufactory also shreds and recycles our wooden manufacturing moulds.
We make around 200 bespoke and standard moulds each month and many are unable to be reused for other projects, so they end up being scrapped and going to landfill.
A shredder at the factory crunches the wood, producing around 50 tonnes of wood per year. This goes towards heating the factory, thereby saving energy and helping environmentally.
One of our delivery lorries includes a state of the art computer system which enables our drivers to optimise their driving to use less fuel whilst on the road. This results in lower emissions, pollution and a lower environmental impact.
We ensure that our whole fleet of vehicles are regularly maintained, as well as being equipped with catalytic converters, enabling them to be able to deliver within the London Low Emission Zone.
As well as this, we occasionally partner with carefully-selected third party delivery services. One reason for doing so is that we do not like to send out our lorries containing just a few items. Using external courier services means that they run full from one depot to another. And by ensuring their lorries are never empty, they are reducing their overall carbon footprint.
‘Sustainability policies are also embedded across our production, including energy and resource conservation, reducing pollution and waste, recycling, and minimising our use of hazardous substances.
David Barrow, Managing Director, Haddonstone
Some of the ways we are supporting positive sustainability practices in our manufactory include:
We are currently partnering with Cranfield University to assess the carbon footprint of cast stone manufacturing. This is helping us to implement better efficiencies across our production methods, as well as enabling us to work towards achieving carbon neutrality.’
In a recent study, we found that it would take just over two years for our Rib Planter to become carbon neutral. The research, conducted with Cranfield University, found that one of our planters made in our Haddonstone dry mix and weighing 20kg, would take 25 months to become carbon neutral, when planted up with a shrub.
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