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 community’s - 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 packages 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 360 tonnes of cardboard per year, equivalent to the weight of around 72 Asian elephants.Find out more
All our warehouses 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 site, 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 workplace.
Achieving the industry standard certificate, ISO 14000, demonstrates our commitment to designing and implementing an effective environmental 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
By 2022, Banner aims to increase biodiversity across all of our sites. One step to meet this objective has been to open our first biodiversity garden at our Normanton site in Yorkshire. The new biodiversity garden includes bird boxes, wildlife feeding stations and has been completed with a Bee hotel, all of which help to support the local wildlife.Find out more
We have plans to install water usage efficiency measures wherever possible in our operation. We’ll introduce 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.