Discussions about how to better protect the natural environment have moved higher up the public agenda in recent months, but this issue has long been on Banner’s radar. From single use plastic to greenhouse gas emissions, more people than ever understand the importance of protecting the environment, and we continue to play our part.
At Banner we believe it is in everyone’s interests - our customers, our employees and the global communities - to dedicate our time to finding ways to ensure a more positive environmental impact. It’s the right thing to do. Being protective of our natural environment will help our customers to succeed, deliver better quality workplaces for our people and support our wider communities.
As part of our aim to reduce single-use plastics by 30% before 2020, Banner has introduced eco-friendly packaging throughout its warehouses. The new packaging fill of recycled cardboard is used for small pick parcels, of which we deliver 6,000 a week.
By recycling our used or damaged cardboard boxes into shock absorbent netted material, we are currently shredding and recycling over 16,000 cubic square metres of cardboard per year, which is equivalent space needed for 3,200 Asian elephants.Find out more
All our warehouse sites across the UK are zero waste to landfill, which means all our waste is recycled. We drive down our overall waste by providing recycling facilities across all our sites, this includes recycling all our broken pallets through a dedicated supplier. We’re identifying the current waste disposal routes, communicating them to everyone internally and encouraging innovation to design waste out of our system.
We also work with our customers to find innovative ways to reduce waste, such as our battery, toner and furniture recycle services.
Energy efficiency measures, such as LED lighting, have been introduced and other low energy devices are also being rolled out across our workplaces.
Achieving the industry standard certificate, ISO 14000, demonstrates our commitment to designing and implementing an effective environmental management system.
Investing in our delivery fleet is an ongoing focus. During 2019 we begun the process of replacing our entire vehicle fleet with the latest fuel and emission efficient diesel engines. The expectation is that these vehicles will deliver up to a 7% improvement in mpg.Find out more
We are installing water usage efficiency measures wherever possible in our operation. We’ve introduced water meters and run education campaigns to reduce water usage. Additionally, we have set ourselves a challenge to reduce dependency on potable water for our toilets and gardens.