Environmental policy

Mission statement

Skind Limited recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points. We will encourage customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.

 

Responsibility

The Directors of Skind Limited are responsible for ensuring that the environmental policy is implemented. However, all employees have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of the policy are met.

 

Policy aims

We endeavour to:

  • Comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.

  • Continually improve and monitor environmental performance.

  • Continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.

  • Incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.

  • Increase employee awareness and training.

 

Paper

  • We will minimise the use of paper in the office.

  • We will reduce paper packaging as much as possible.

  • We will seek to buy recycled and recyclable paper products.

  • We will reuse and recycle all paper where possible.

 

Plastics

  • We will reduce plastic packaging as much as possible.

  • We will only work with a packaging supplier who is committed to the reduction of plastics.*

  • We will only use non-plastic void fill within our packages.**

  • We will us paper based rather than plastic based packing tape.***

 

Energy and water

  • We will seek to reduce the amount of energy used as much as possible.

  • Lights and electrical equipment will be switched off when not in use.

  • Heating will be adjusted with energy consumption in mind.

  • The energy consumption and efficiency of new products will be taken into account when purchasing.

 

Office supplies

  • We will evaluate if the need can be met in another way.

  • We will evaluate if renting/sharing is an option before purchasing equipment.

  • We will evaluate the environmental impact of any new products we intend to purchase.

  • We will favour more environmentally friendly and efficient products wherever possible.

  • We will reuse and recycle everything we are able to.

 

Transportation

  • We will reduce the need to travel, restricting to necessity trips only.

  • We will promote the use of travel alternatives such as e-mail or video/phone conferencing.

  • We will make additional efforts to accommodate the needs of those using public transport or bicycles.

  • We will favour ‘green’ vehicles and maintain them rigorously to ensure ongoing efficiency.

 

Maintenance and cleaning

  • Cleaning materials used will be as environmentally friendly as possible.

  • Materials used in office refurbishment will be as environmentally friendly as possible.

  • We will only use licensed and appropriate organisations to dispose of waste.

 

Monitoring and improvement

  • We will comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.

  • We will continually improve and monitor environmental performance.

  • We will continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.

  • We will incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.

  • We will increase employee awareness through training.

  • We will review this policy and any related business issues at our monthly management meetings.

 

Culture

  • We will involve staff in the implementation of this policy, for greater commitment and improved performance.

  • We will update this policy at least once annually in consultation with staff and other stakeholders where necessary.

  • We will provide staff with relevant environmental training.

  • We will work with suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors to improve their environmental performance.

  • We will use local labour and materials where available to reduce CO2 and help the community.

 

Last Reviewed : 02/05/2019

Next Review : 02/11/2019

*Kite Packaging

All of our packaging is sourced from Kite, an employee owned business committed to reduce plastic use by them and their customers by 120 tonnes by the end of 2019. Kite are committed to the philosophy of the four Rs; Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Replace. To find out more about their Environmental credentials please visit https://www.kitepackaging.co.uk/mcp/environmental-products/

 

**EcoFlo loose fill

All of Our packages are filled using EcoFlo; a leading environmentally friendly void fill packaging material. This is a maize-based starch void fill. Manufactured from starch material, EcoFlo is a fully compostable voidfill material and is 100% biodegradable. The product is fully soluble when saturated with water which takes away this issue of litter. It also conforms to EN13432.

The manufacturing process for this voidfill material is a single stage process (compared with the manufacturing process for the polystyrene version, which is multi-stage, uses more energy so is less environmentally friendly). Starch is also an annually renewable resource. The technical specification of the product is as follows:

  • 100% biodegradable

  • 100% compostable

  • Ignition Temperature > 390 degrees Celsius

  • Smolder Temperature > 200 degrees Celsius

  • Contains no hazardous decomposition products

  • No hazardous polymerisation

***Hotmelt kraft paper tape 

The hotmelt based adhesive paper Kraft tape we use is a great enviro-friendly alternative to plastic tape. It is favoured by those who are looking for strong tape to secure their goods, all the while with the environment in mind.