We know that environmental issues are of great importance to teachers and children, and they're important to us too. That's why we put a lot of effort in to making environmentally sound choices in everything that we do. Here are a few of the things that we're doing to minimise our impact on the environment.
We take great care to make sure that our stock is sensibly managed and that we minimise waste in all our activity. Our wastage on promotional material is generally less than 5%, and waste material is recycled wherever practical.
This year we aim to reduce the amount of paper we use by 200 tonnes! You can help us too by opting out of receiving paper vouchers – we’ll give you a virtual voucher instead. Our own printed material uses papers sourced from sustainably managed forests, certified to meet PEFC guidelines. We use paper from mills who operate a certified chain-of-custody in accordance to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Most of our printers use vegetable-oil based inks.
In order to stop over 3 million carrier bags going to landfill every year we will no longer be sending out single-use plastic bags automatically with Book Fairs. If you want to receive carrier bags you’ll need to request them before your Fair. Our Book Club mailings are now packaged in cardboard boxes, which are totally recyclable, rather than plastic shrinkwrap.
Most of our promotional material is sourced from suppliers the UK, which reduces transport costs and carbon emissions. Our Book Fairs transport team reduced fuel consumption by 40,000 litres and operated 292 fewer trucks in 2007-8 compared to 2006-7, while still delivering more Book Fairs. In accordance with European Law, as of March 2007 all our new trucks have an additive called AdBlue added to the fuel management systems to further reduce emissions.
In accordance with the UK's new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, we are contributors to the Government's new recycling initiative.