ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES
MATERIALS AND METHOD
Environmental stewardship sits at the core of Signspeed’s operations. We actively manage production to minimise our impact on the environment and to ensure that our outcomes are sustainable. We take an integrated approach: sustainability issues are reflected in purchasing, in manufacture and in waste disposal.
We focus on life-cycle thinking:
In considering our environmental impact we select products for maximum life thus reducing the impact of discarding and renewing – this reduces costs to our customers and also contributes to their environmental initiatives. We regularly review manufacturing techniques to ensure maximum life and also to reduce waste, which cuts costs and reduces waste processing.
Inks: we use inks that give a long-term outdoor life, we have products out there over 10 years old without fade
Substrates: we use warp-free high-grade aluminium composites that won’t delaminate with time
Design: we give our designs legs, so the need to renew image and brand is reduced
Plant: we make careful choices, we look at the life expectancy, the energy required in the manufacture of plant and the on-going costs of maintaining plant. Our regular maintenance programme ensures that we get extended lives from all production machinery.
REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE, UPCYCLE
We are serial recyclers and upcyclers: including all paper, cartridges, packaging, card, metal and wood. We are able to recycle many plastics and other materials. We donate ends of rolls to art groups and schools, and offer discounts for odd sizes in order to maximise material use and cut waste.
Based in the heart of Pembrokeshire, we work from an old milking parlour complex. We’ve restored the buildings over a number of years, using traditional materials. We have also ensured space for non-human native residents. Whilst the buildings retain their original good looks they’ve been insulated to reduce energy consumption, and provide comfortable surroundings for our showroom, office, workshops and studio.
Solar panels on the roof help to diversify power use and residuals are fed into the national grid, reducing our energy footprint. The roof also houses three bat colonies.
The buildings and surrounding grounds provide valuable habitat for wildlife, in addition to bats, there are colonies of wild bees in the ash trees. We are visited by at least 30 native bird species, and the workshop walls support elusive native lizards and solitary bees (which are in decline).
Indeed the organically managed area immediately surrounding the workshops supports toads and newts and many species of, now rare, wild flowers. Wild flowers are a vital source of food for pollinators. We have developed space for native cowslip and oxlip to spread down banks. We encourage bluebells, celandine, primrose, selfheal, vetch and more.
We are lucky to be surrounded with magnificent native trees and we take care to maintain healthy hedgerows and places for nature to be.
KEY ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENTS:
- prevention of pollution to air, land and water
- effective waste management, including
- reducing, reusing, recycling wherever possible
- energy conservation
- commitment to wildlife
SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES:
- compliance with all legislation
- continuing to manage our wildlife habitat
- awareness of environmental issues amongst Signspeed workers
- reducing use of raw materials and energy
- reusing packaging, wood, offcuts, plastics
- recycling wherever possible, including paper, cartridges, plastics, packaging, metals
- continuing to manage the wildlife habitat surrounding us