Setting a New Standard

 

By eradicating waste throughout our supply chain we will be setting a benchmark for our industry.

Our commitment to waste free

We have an aggressive target to be a waste free and carbon neutral business. This means eradicating waste throughout our supply chain. Where waste is unavoidable for safety or quality control purposes, it will be compostable, recyclable or reusable. We are working with our suppliers and staff to set guidelines in order to reach our waste-free objective.

 

We have first-hand experience of the fashion accessories supply chain and the volume of waste that it generates. We believe is it possible to reduce the volume and type of waste that we create by carefully considering all the processes involved in delivering you our product.

 

As a slow-fashion business we aim to make products last longer by improving quality and craftsmanship, but this doesn’t eradicate waste.  Unless we take steps to communicate with suppliers and factories about how our items are manufactured, packaged and delivered, our business will generate a disproportionate amount of waste.

 

Every decision can impact the waste we produce

 

There are many ways we look to avoid waste. The area which has the potential to produce the most waste is our production process. To combat this, we use rolls of material, which enables us to cut patterns economically, leaving just a small amount of trimming waste. This trimming waste can be used for a range of applications, including the stuffing for upholstery. The offcuts of material are donated to local craftspeople for repurposing.

 

We use recycled materials wherever they are available, including the printing of our boxes and stationery. During the planning process we consider how we can avoid paper waste by including items such as gift cards and business cards on the same sheet. Our printers and suppliers all use water based inks and adhesives in the printing process.

 

We believe that by being a waste free business and eradicating waste throughout our supply chain we can set a vital benchmark for our industry and encourage other businesses to take steps to manage and reduce waste.

Waste management and recycling guidelines

We believe everyone, manufacturers and consumers alike, has a responsibility to minimise waste and, therefore, reduce the harmful impact that materials such as plastics, electrical and chemical waste and methane gas have on the environment.

We are working on a comprehensive set of guidelines that will enable us to communicate

our objectives to suppliers and staff.

Feeling inspired?

Wondering what you can do?

Pollution prevention is not just the responsibility of businesses and government agencies.  We can all help solve environmental problems by reducing pollution before it is created, by applying pollution prevention in our daily lives.

 

Whether in the home and garden, at the supermarket or on the road, we can make waste reduction choices every day in order to protect the environment, save money and conserve natural resources. Below are some top tips which can directly impact global efforts.

AT HOME

  • Always carry a reusable bag
  • Buy fruit and vegetables at a farm shop or market
  • Find a waste-free shop to buy grains and pasta
  • Reduce fast food
  • Swap bottles of hand soap for soap bars
  • Use dishwasher powder, not tablets
  • Have milk delivered in reusable glass bottles
  • Have a garden? Get composting
  • Swap out cling film for reusable food covers
Waste Free Tips for Work | Watson & Wolfe

AT WORK

  • Think before clicking print!
  • Use a reusable drinks bottle at the water dispenser
  • Carry a reusable coffee cup for your morning coffee
  • Packed lunch – Healthier and zero take away packaging