House signs and sustainability are two terms which are put in the same sentence very often, but at The Bespoke Sign House we believe that we can reduce our emissions, non-recyclable waste and environmental footprint to take responsibility and ensure we are as sustainable as possible when it comes to making top quality custom house signs.
So what does sustainability mean?
In essence, a sustainable business is an enterprise which has minimal impact on the environment. Some examples of sustainable business practices include:
- Using eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging.
- Using sustainably sourced materials
- Increasing the efficiency of manufacturing operations to reduce wasted energy.
It’s important to recognise that sustainability isn’t quite as black and white as many would like to believe. It’s not an overnight process of making every aspect of a business fully green and eco-friendly, but instead is a journey of assessing, revising and improving to better green standards.
In our industry of house sign makers, sustainable practices isn’t something that’s talked about anywhere near enough. Because of this, we’re striving to drive forward and lead by example to have a positive impact on the environment. What's more, we’ve set an ambitious target of being fully sustainable by the end of 2022. Just to reiterate, in 12 short months from now, we want to be a fully sustainable sign manufacturer… yes, really.
What steps have The Bespoke Sign House taken towards sustainability?
The Bespoke Sign House has already taken decisive steps to minimise waste and ensure our business is as sustainable as we can viably make it. Slate is now our main material used for our signs, with no chemical emissions needed for extraction, while being durable, natural and easily recyclable, it’s clear to see why it’s an ideal foundation for The Bespoke Sign House to build upon. To further strengthen our sustainability push, we’ve already taken further steps which go beyond the materials we use. These include:
- Repurposing our waste slate offcuts for refilling potholes… and trust us, in our little paradise of Kentish countryside there are plenty of potholes!
- (As of Dec 4th 2021) Ditched plastic parcel tape and plastic bubble-wrap for paper parcel tape, fully biodegradable bubble-wrap and cardboard.
- Reducing the miles our slate travels by only working with local slate suppliers based in the Sussex.
- Working with our supply chain to remove the single use plastics when working with us.
- And as we touched on, we’ve stopped producing all acrylic address plaques in favour of using much more environmentally friendly slate house signs.
- (As of Feb 24th 2022) Replaced plastic wall plugs with 70% timber wall plugs in all our sign orders.
What else do we aim to achieve within the next year?
- Phase out the plastic wall plugs we supply with all our orders in favour of wooden, eco-friendly plugs.
- Reducing our reliance on plastic in the sign making process, finding better, more eco alternatives such as paper application tapes, using less sticky tape and plastic-free blast vinyl.
Although we’re proud of the steps we’ve taken towards creating sustainable house signs, we’ve still got plenty to do. From removing single use plastics from our processes to ensuring all packaging and consumable items in our manufacturing process are eco-friendly. That way we can be sure that your custom slate house sign will last decades, but the packaging used to deliver it to you won’t be.
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