Since Espresso Solutions began, we have been committed to responsible environmental practices. We comply with all environmental legislation and welcome new legislations that genuinely reduce our impact.
We are committed to becoming more sustainable as we grow. We regularly evaluate the environmental impact of our products and services to continually improve our environmental performance as part of our Eco Solutions program. We are proud to say that we have been awarded ISO 9001 accreditation for our commitments to the environment.
Machine parts for coffee grinders and espresso machines are the largest part of our business. We work with a network of engineers around the UK and supply them with the parts they need to repair and maintain the coffee machine equipment. We believe that by providing excellent quality parts to trained engineers, we are preserving the life of machines for as long as possible, therefore reducing the need for machines to ever be replaced.
You’ll find recycling bins throughout our office and warehouse to ensure that as much waste is recycled from our building as possible. We use rechargeable standard batteries within the company and we also have a battery recycling point in our building for any batteries that are not rechargeable. We recycle all of our printer cartridges through Zero Waste Recycling.
We use only 100% recycled, non-bleached paper. 100% recycled paper uses 100% less wood, 83% less water, 72% less energy and 53% less CO2 than regular paper. Across our office and our warehouse, this saves at least 336kg of wood, 4860 litres of water, 870 kWh energy and 72kg of CO2 per year. We have also created a paperless system in the warehouse which has eliminated the need for picking notes. The boxed tissues in our office are made from 100% biodegradable bamboo, the paper towel we use in our showroom is made from 100% biodegradable bamboo and sugarcane and the toilet paper we use in our toilets are made from 100% biodegradable, recycled paper. All of the paper we use in our building is free from inks, dyes and scents.
We use as little packaging as possible and we reuse as much packaging from suppliers as possible. Our warehouse is completely polystyrene free, except for any polystyrene packaging we receive from customers which we will reuse to maximise its life before it’s sent to landfill. The cardboard and paper packaging that we purchase is FSC certified, meaning that the wood has come from responsibly forested sources. Wherever possible, we use poly bags in place of cardboard parcels as they use less packaging. The poly bags that we use are either 100% recyclable or 100% degradable.
Our energy supplier sources 80% of our electricity from renewable sources. We are working to reduce the amount of energy used within our office and warehouse. We’re achieving this by upgrading to more energy efficient equipment and by switching off equipment whenever possible. For example, we have energy efficient LED lighting in our office and timed, motion-sensor lighting throughout the building to ensure lights are never left on unnecessarily.
We reduce our water pollution from the building by using eco-friendly cleaning products wherever possible. The cleaning range that we use is free from toxic chemicals, including chlorine bleaches, synthetic dyes and perfumes, petroleum derived additives and formaldehyde. By switching to eco-friendly cleaning products, we reduce these chemicals going into our ecosystems. We have also installed Hippo bags into our staff toilets to reduce the amount of water waste from the building.
Our Eco Solutions program involves every member of our team; we welcome their ideas and suggestions and we ensure that our environmental mission is communicated to every team member so that they become an environmentally conscious part of our business. We have a dedicated Sustainability Officer within the business who audits the processes within the business and incorporates more environmentally friendly methods wherever possible. This means that from the office to the warehouse, we are switching to greener processes, equipment and materials.
We work with two UK delivery couriers: DPD & UKMail and we offer customers the choice between the two couriers at the checkout when placing an order.
The DPD Carbon neutral commitment strives to make every parcel they deliver carbon neutral, for all of their customers. They do this by measuring their CO2 emissions, by aiming to reduce them and by offsetting the remaining emissions. DPDgroup targets a reduction of road transport CO2 emissions of 10% per parcel by 2020, compared to the levels of 2013.
How they do it:
- By improving the efficiency of the DPD transport network, by tour optimisation for example.
- By the deployment of innovative solutions, like Predict or Pickup.
- By an increased use of alternative fuel vehicles.
To offset the remaining transport emissions, DPDgroup finance renewable and cleaner energy production projects by purchasing carbon credits. Together with EcoAct, the European leader on the carbon market, DPD have put in place an offsetting program respecting the most rigorous international standards.
UKMail (part of the DHL Group) has made it a mission to achieve zero emissions by the year 2050. Their approach is guided by two core principles: firstly, to burn less by reducing energy consumption, and secondly, to burn clean by using alternative energy sources and fuels.
To achieve this goal, UKMail have committed to a number of ambitious interim goals. By the year 2025, they aim to:
- Increase carbon efficiency by 50% compared to 2007 levels. This target is based on the approach taken by the Science Based Targets Initiative.
- Reduce local air pollution emissions by operating 70% of their own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions, such as bicycles and electric vehicles.
- Have more than 50% of their sales incorporate Green Solutions.