Pure Pens Going Green
Flood Defence Scheme
Before too long we came around to discussing the impact we have on our environment here at Pure Pens. After all, we're an online business that sells products all over the world. That means a lot of deliveries going out by van, lorry, train, and air. Not to mention the energy we use here at the office on heating, lighting, electricity and even fuel for travelling around the country and beyond to various pen shows.
- Fuel and emissions created by delivery companies we use
- Electricity consumption at the office in the building - on heating, lighting, computers, and other appliances
- Travel and fuel to pen shows throughout UK and abroad
- Carbon footprint created by manufacturers
Offsetting Our Footprint
Currently, we have a car share scheme going, whereby Sophia and Rhys share lifts where they can and Jenet and Laura do the same. We also have a scheme that encourages taking up cycling... I ride in to work with my father, Ray, on the days which allow it. Not only does that help with the CO2 emissions - it also helps me shed some of those extra pounds as I head into my 30s!
We also recycle the packaging our deliveries arrive in; we use the cardboard that items are delivered in to create insulation for sending out fragile items such as glass ink bottles. We also use fully carbon-neutral aroFOL packaging for all the orders we send to customers. This has helped us make our order fulfilment process as environmentally-friendly as possible.
We use DHL to send parcels to some overseas customers and select the GoGreen option wherever it is available, without passing on any additional costs to our customers. This sees DHL neutralise the carbon used to deliver that parcel. Our main suppliers also use DPD for UK deliveries which offer a carbon-neutral service as standard.
Going forward however, we want to go even further. That's why we've decided to become a group member of the Woodland Trust, which sees us paying a monthly subscription to help safeguard UK woodland habitats and plant more trees. We have tried to give an amount which will allow for enough trees to be planted to offset our carbon footprint twice over. In addition to the little things we do to help reduce our impact on the environment around us, this should help us reach and surpass that 10 tonnes per year saving.
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