The Environment

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Care for the environment? Customers increasingly ask us questions about how our business and products affects the environment, carbon-footprints, recycling etc.  Whether you believe in climate change, or are sceptical, we think that pollution (the wrong stuff in the wrong place) is a bad thing. We would rather always re-use, than recycle. If we can't reuse it, we will try to recycle it.

Suppliers of our Mount Boards  Colourmount boards: PEFC Chain of Custody certificate is in place  for the Colourmount range of mountboards. The certificate number SGS-PEFC/COC-1022 covers the whole of the Colourmount range of products, except for the 400 Series (Black Core) The certification provides independent assurance to framers and their customers that Colourmount is manufactured to the highest social and environmental standards. The certificate is dated 28th October 2009, and is valid for five years.

Arqadia boards:  PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody accreditations from BM TRADA Certification Ltd. These schemes provide assurance mechanisms to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are purchasing wood produced in a sustainable way.

Products carrying the FSC or PEFC labels are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.

(Porthcurno by John Stedman - Cornish photographer)

This is Porthcurno beach, just down the road from our business. Historically important for its transatlantic telegraph and phone cables, the new "big pipes" carrying trans-Atlantic internet enter the UK here.  Cornwall's forward looking approach to new technology enabled us to be one of the very first businesses offering reliable online mount and frame sales to customers all over the UK.

  Some of the things we do to help the environment: Our glass off-cuts and waste are collected for recycling. All clean card and board product off-cuts are now collected for recycling.  Almost all our plastic off-cuts are collected for recycling.

Packing Materials In addition to these recycling measures, the grey mailer bags we ship orders in are biodegradable, and the bubble wrap used is recyclable, Our FedEx consignment bags are also recyclable. Whenever possible we will always re-use clean packaging materials, and have gone a step further by partnering up with some local businesses by taking their suitable clean boxes for shipping orders. This is even better than recycling the cardboard, it is re-using it! Every box we re-use means that the energy and materials for making another one are saved

Waste Management A lot of the cut-outs from our mounts (where the mount windows are cut out) are used by people in arts and crafts, schools, and artists -and we donate surplus board not used on orders to good causes or through Freegle (formerly known as the Freecycle network). What remains is collected and sent for recycling. General waste (which is not suitable for recycling) is now the minority of our waste.

Carbon Miles We try to obtain all our deliveries in one or sometimes two consignments per week. We find this also makes ordering and organising easier, as well as reducing the number of deliveries and vehicles.  FedEx call once per day as the van is in the area daily, so all of out outward shipping goes on one van, whilst smaller items are sent from the local post office. Other significant factors are that all our full time staff live within walking distance of the business, this is a coincidence, but happily means that our staff produce no vehicle related congestion or pollution on their way to and from work! We even have some of our frame mouldings specially machined locally.

Our own special environment We are fortunate to be living and working in West Cornwall with its unique environment, climate and landscape. But it hasn't always been like this, Cornwall was once a highly industrialised place. Nowadays we are becoming the "Silicon Valley" of the UK, with the highest speed broadband and the home to a lot of high-tech business that do not have an adverse impact on the area or south west region.  We hope we are doing everything reasonable to help keep it that way for our visitors and local customers and future generations, and we applaud the work of organisations such as Surfers Against Sewage which have evolved into an active and influential environmental group. More than just surfers, more than just sewage

When you buy from us you are buying from an environmentally responsible business with environmentally responsible suppliers.

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all information correct when published October 2010  e&oe

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