In line with the guidelines communicated by the Prime Minister regarding Covid-19 Thames Loose Leaf remains open for business with our manufacturing plant running as normal.
We have taken all necessary steps to ensure that our Factory staff are working within Government guidelines.
All Office staff are working from home and have full access to all systems remotely.
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Actions taken to reduce our Environmental Impact include, but are not limited to:
- Using recycled, recyclable or biodegradable materials whenever possible
- Minimising the waste produced during production
- Separating and recycling any unavoidable waste wherever possible – a controlled waste scheme is in place which ensures all recyclable goods are separated prior to collection by a specialist certified waste company. Where possible, products within the manufacturing processes are used a number of times to reduce our waste output, in turn having a minimising effect on the environment.
- Board is manufactured from recycled paper waste
- Metal fittings are sent for recycling
- PVC waste is sent for recycling
- Waste Board, Paper and Packaging are sent for recycling
- Waste Polypropylene is sent for recycling
RECYCLING CLIENT PRODUCTS
We offer all clients a facility to recycle any PVC products we have manufactured for them which are no longer required; clients have the option to return this product themselves or, where possible, we endeavour to collect ‘end of product life’ items when we next deliver to the client.
Upon return, products are broken down to their component materials and recycled.
PVC is often said to have poor environmental properties. However, this is not strictly correct. If viewing in a scientific way, one will find that PVC has among the best environmental properties of all polymers. This is especially true when considering:
- Dependency on fossil raw material
- Energy consumption
- Greenhouse gases, Global Warming Potential (GWP)
All figures quoted apply to PVC from European producers. Thames Loose Leaf only purchase PVC products from European sources which do not contain substances named on the ‘candidate list’ (Phthalate free and fully REACH compliant).
Our suppliers work to decrease their environmental impact when converting the PVC to polymer films: in addition to producing good, durable long-lasting materials, they do everything possible to save energy. A multiyear agreement is made with the government to reduce energy consumption each year, contributing to reducing CO2 emissions.
PVC purchased from our European suppliers is fully recyclable and can be “up-cycled” into new products at end-of-life, meaning that PVC waste out of short term applications (life expectancy a few weeks or months) can be recycled within products with a life expectancy of 30 to 100 years or more.
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