Sustainability in Retail Display Manufacturing

Sustainability

Global resources are like an overdrawn bank account. Sustainability looks to fix the balance between the world’s ability to provide and our need to consume.

Astabridge always assess the wider impact of their actions. They aim to apply the key tenets of sustainability across the business. Clear social benefits can be derived from such a policy. There are also financial gains for both supplier and end user.

Purchasing Strategy

Astabridge manufacture in-house. However, they still have to use some sub-contractors and buy materials. Sustainable purchasing aims to limit the social impact of those tasks. At the same time it looks to deliver equal cost savings. It is a policy that can save money and raise the status of a business.

They aim to source locally. This lowers the cost and environmental impact of their purchases. Owners of small firms are also more likely to support their goals.

Astabridge use sheet timber that is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. The FSC promote  socially beneficial and viable forest management. This helps to protect our forests and wildlife.

Sustainable timber from well managed forests.

Sustainable timber from well managed forests.

As well as these core ideas, bulk buying and stock holding can also reduce costs. They also guard against wasteful transport.

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

Reduce, re-use and recycle are the three Rs of recycling. They are also key elements in Astabridge’s sustainability drive.

The use of software  has helped to reduce sheet timber waste. Packaging is now brought back from site to be re-used on future trips. Glass, metal, cardboard and electrics are recycled. They have now extended this to the office. Printer inks, toners and paper have now been added to the  mix.

printer cassettes for recycling

Printer cassettes with manufacturers return label for recycling

Some clients ask for their old units to be removed and scrapped prior to a re-fit. Astabridge are now looking to use the timber from these displays to heat their factory. The ultimate aim is to generate zero landfill from this activity.

Reduced waste, wise planning  and smart production  can help us all to lead more sustainable lives.

 

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