Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a basic belief in a better world.
Solutions Diverse has built its entire framework around the premise that a better world will be possible as a result of better ways of working.
- Ensuring our work helps to improve social conditions
- Stimulating economic opportunities for everyone
- Understanding that we can live and work with and within our environment because it regenerates naturally.
Businesses of any size have a huge impact on the world around us, especially in terms of people and environment. We know that the business choices we make have ripple effects throughout the world, and in order to continue to reduce our environmental footprint, we constantly consider and re-evaluate those choices. We understand that our choices have an effect on the lives of future generations; these are our responsibilities.
Because we design, store, distribute, install and collect shop fittings, the best thing we can do is assist our customers with the reduction of waste. That’s why we create long-term, durable, environmentally friendly products.
We also supply FSC® certified products on request. (FSC stands for ‘Forest Stewardship Council®’ and is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forestry.) In return, our customers help us by re-using, repairing, and recycling products. It’s a two way street where everyone benefits.
We’re behind our local economy
By seeking local products and services, we support our local economy and businesses, but just as importantly, we also ensure a smaller carbon footprint. Instead of buying steel from South Africa, for example, we recently decided to get it from a local source.
When we access other services, from vehicle servicing, IT support, legal services, banking facilities, web design, warehouse materials, delivery services, printing and any other service that is essential for the running of a business, we use only local vendors where possible. The best thing in the world is working with community-based services supplied by people who are proud of being at the heart of their – and our – community.
Just a simple change to re-using bubble wrap and foam packaging means that we no longer purchase huge quantities of wrapping. We now do not need 52,000 cardboard boxes every year. One easy move and we have saved millions of trees, litres of water, and a phenomenal amount of power. Our transportation emissions have dropped by more than we even projected, and the whole thing has yielded a breathtaking reduction in our global impact. Footprint is everything when it comes to delivering sustainability and it’s right at the top of our agenda.
- We crush and recycle all cardboard
- We granulate acrylic and make it into plant pots and crates.
- We repair, re-use and recycle MDF and timber.
- We crush and recycle metal.
We burn less fuel & electricity
By using a new Talbott’s 150Kw wood burner in our warehouse instead of the old oil-fired system, we’re now burning only sustainable fuel. By working together with the Carbon Trust, we figured out how to become carbon neutral, and what that would mean for our business. By taking their advice, we reduced our overheads and our impact on our environment, and we’re still reaping the benefits. And we will continue as we go into the future.
We re-use & repair because it makes sense
We ensure careful maintenance of our delivery fleet so that each vehicle lasts longer. Instead of buying or replacing, we repair first. We buy used products wherever it is viable, because already used products are already out there in the world; they’re easier to find, less costly, and if they’re serviceable, they’re sustainable. Everything we do is geared to sustainability.
We reduce our carbon emissions
Because we believe in better efficiency and being kinder to the environment, we don’t just send out deliveries without planning carefully. Our schedules are designed to ensure the smallest possible emission of greenhouse gasses by making certain that our vehicles are only on the road for the least amount of time.
We don’t use landfills
Landfills are redundant, as far as our business is concerned, thanks to our efforts to ensure that all of our waste is recycled, re-used or disposed of responsibly. We were one of the first design companies in the country to do this, and we are proud to continue this good work.
* Solutions Diverse Ltd’s FSC® CoC certificate code is NC-COC-014300 and trademark licence code is FSC® – C103751