It is increasingly important for us to continuously review the activities we undertake, against a criteria focused on protection of the environment.
As a manufacturer located in the heart of Wales, surrounded by green mountains and valleys, we take our responsibilities towards the environment very seriously. We strive to make all aspects of our production as green as possible, and one area we consider to be very important is our packaging. As part of our commitment to being an eco-friendly brand, we have recently launched polybags made from sugar cane, sourced from the leading UK packaging experts, to package our socks.
‘Rather than being oxydegradable, our new Polyair™ material is bio-based. Polyair™ is made from sugar cane waste, and it’s the process of photosynthesis as the plant grows that makes this product carbon neutral and the raw material remain 100% recyclable. The sugar cane actively captures CO2 from the atmosphere, while at the same time releasing oxygen – making this material not just green, but proactively green.’
Our cardboard shipping boxes consist of a minimum of 80% recycled material. They are made from reinforced single wall cardboard, meaning they have double strength but use less material. These are just some of the ways we hope to transform our packaging into a positive element of our product that our customers can enjoy.
Our factory building is home to both hand operated and electric powered machinery. We are proud to say that all of our energy is from a 100% renewable source.
We have also had new lighting installed to cut power usage. We have tried to reduce our paper usage to a minimum, no longer sending correspondence, invoices and statements by paper, but whenever possible sending it electronically.
We keep the printing of catalogues and promotional materials to an absolute minimum, and use electronic media to circulate our new designs to our sales agents and customers.
These are just a few examples of how we are striving to become a greener company, benefiting not only our manufacturing processes and our business, but also our final product, and in turn, gaining trust and increasing customer satisfaction.
Demand from consumers worldwide for quality knitted accessories fits neatly with the need to utilize renewable natural resources (such as cotton, wool and cashmere yarn), rather than deplete finite ones. It also provides essential employment and capital for both third world and developed economies.
Almost all the yarns we use are natural fibres such as cotton, wool and cashmere. We always purchase these from high quality manufacturers based in either the UK or Italy. Where we use nylon in some processes, this is sourced from within the UK.
All yarn waste is stored and collected by a local charity for distribution to clubs, schools and charities for use in art projects etc. All plastic, cardboard and paper waste is collected by a local recycling company, with the result we send zero waste to landfill.
By investing in new machinery, we aim to increase efficiencies and reduce environmental impacts. For example, as part of our final finishing process our socks are washed and pressed. Our new pressurised steam washing machine cuts our previous machine wash time of 20 minutes down to 2 minutes.
This increases our output and efficiency, reduces time and costs, and most importantly saves energy and water.
To maintain our position as the number one brand for high quality socks with exciting designs made from superb yarns.
To be globally recognised as a top quality UK manufacturer known for our eco-friendly approach to packaging, growth and sustainability. To expand existing markets yet keep our green environmental practices at the forefront.
As Royal Warrant holders we are grateful for the support of HRH Prince of Wales in achieving our environmental goals.
Sustainability and environmental issues are handled directly by the joint Managing Directors, Chris Jones and Lisa Wood, and are integral to every process and decision in the business.