Good, Green Things About Us!
"We must be the change we want to see" Gandhi
- we really do care about where our building materials come from – for the restoration of the Ty-Mawr site, we have sourced all of the materials as locally as we possibly can e.g. Welsh slate, our own timber, Welsh wool insulation etc.
- we are off oil and now run the heating system for the house, offices and training centre from a biomass chip boiler (saving at least 40 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per annum).
- we recycle just about everything and we have a green purchasing policy so always look at the environmental implications of the products we use from the coffee we drink, to the paper we use, to the cleaning products we use; we were one of the early achievers of the Green Dragon award showing our commitment to the environment throughout the business. We were extremely proud to be the first company in Wales to receive a UKAS accredited BS8555:2003 Environmental Management System registration under the Seren Scheme. Tarian Inspection Services who assessed the business, awarding it Phase 3, said “We are delighted to award our first UKAS accredited certificate to Ty-Mawr and are very proud that this certificate has been awarded to an organization with such an excellent commitment to environmental improvement through not only the ethos of the staff but the products and services of the company itself. We therefore offer our sincere congratulations to the whole team at Ty Mawr". More recently, we have achieved our ISO14001 with the British Standards Industry.
- we received a biodiversity award in 2007 for the work that we have done to the surrounding land (in which the main business is located) – we have reinstated the old pond and kitchen garden, replanted old orchards (and planted a new orchard of 47 trees – all local varieties), reinstated hedges, stone walls and ditches and planted 100s of indigenous oak, cherry, ash, rowan and chestnut trees. For the millennium, we sent our top 2000 clients an oak or cherry tree to plant (and get various updates about their progress!).
- we have installed solar thermal (for our hot water) and rainwater harvesting as well as a fairly sophisticated system on the manufacturing yard to capture and reuse rain-water (we have lots here in Wales!) as well as using water from our own well for plasters, mortars and paints.
- we have just taken delivery our first 100% electric car - a Tesla and are soon to install a PV roof to generate all of it's power!
- we employ all local people and use local hauliers, caterers, gardeners, contractors, trainers - in fact, we spend the majority of our gross income within a 40 mile radius contributing to creating sustainable communities.
- we use Welsh raw materials where we can for the products we make and sell (e.g. in our wool insulation, sands, recycled glass for our plasters and mortars etc) or British products (e.g. lime, hemp) where they are available. We do import products where they are not made here e.g. wood wool boards, recycled foamed glass and the plant-and mineral based paints (again we do not have a facility making paints that are this pure within the UK, Germany definitely have a lead in natural paint manufacture – the quality and eoc-credentials of these products are second to none). We are acutely aware of maximising the potential on any delivery to reduce road miles where at all possible and so ship full containers whenever possible.
- in 2007, we invested in a 10,000sqft warehouse to enable us to bring in full artic loads of products thus reducing the road miles of our products, reducing their environmental footprint. We use and like the national pallet carriers who use regional hubs thus making the most of every journey between the hubs, creating a highly efficient network of 'shared' deliveries.
- we insist on knowing exactly what our products contain (full declaration of all ingredients and where they are sourced)
- we continually work to improve the green credentials of our products e.g.looking for alternatives to sands (deplete a natural resource) and as a result have developed exciting products like the glaster product range, the limecrete floor and the hemp lime plaster - we will continue to innovate for the benefit of the environment.
- we are part of the Welsh Government's Workforce Development Programme investing in training our staff, this shows our commitment to looking after and developing our small team giving them job satisafaction and ensuring that our clients get the best possible advice, product and service.
- our Ethical Award and the All-Parliamentary Corporate Social Responsibility award help to show that we are a socially and environmentally responsible business and operate in an ethical manner. In 2016, we were deligthed to be included in the Good Shopping Guide's top Ethical Companies in the World!
- we have just taken delivery of a 100% electirc car - a TESLA - which we drive for company business, to deliver CPDs, talks at conferences etc
- we are a family run and focussed business, our children after all have to be one of the main motivators for taking better care of the planet on a daily basis.
- At Ty-Mawr we are certainly trying to work and live by the principles that we think will create a better future and hopefully providing advice and products to our clients that will help them to be the change they wish to see in the world too!
That feels good and worthwhile every single day!