Fulton Umbrellas combats climate change with The Planet Mark certification

Jun 7, 2020 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager
Fulton Umbrellas, the UK’s largest supplier of umbrellas, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark.

This is Fulton Umbrellas’ first year of business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. Fulton Umbrellas’ total carbon footprint in the year ending December 2019 was 234.4 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 9.5 tCO2e per employee.

This year’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, natural gas, water, fuel used by the fleet, waste, business travel, printing paper and courier. Electricity accounts for 12% of the total carbon emissions, fleet travel accounts for 7%. Scope 3 emissions (waste, water, paper, business travel and courier) accounts for 79% of total emissions.

Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet First and co-founder of The Planet Mark, commented: “As we experience the wettest February on record, in no small part because of the effects of climate change, it feels apt to welcome the largest supplier of quality umbrellas and rainwear in the country join The Planet Mark. With access to some of the nation’s leading and most influential designers, Fulton will not only be able to flex its own sustainable credentials but help so many other businesses and consumers be climate-conscious in their choices. I am delighted to have Fulton Umbrellas on board.”

Nigel Fulton, CEO of Fulton Umbrellas, stated: “I am delighted to be working with Steve Malkin and his team at Planet First to further our commitment to becoming an increasingly sustainable business.   Achieving certification is just the first step and with Planet First’s expertise we are now able to implement and track our environmental reduction goals, and I look forward to continuing this exciting journey together.”

First year certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability in its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

Fulton Umbrellas is committed to being an environmentally responsible company and aims to lead the sector on sustainability. It is committed to minimising its environmental impact, and to reduce the speed of climate change and resource depletion. The company is powered by 100% green electricity and has committed to continuous measurement of gas, fuel, electricity, and water, focusing on the longevity of design and sustainably sourced components, and using the minimal amount of packaging, using recycled materials where possible.

The fashion industry must act in the face of our changing climate. Every product and decision that reaches consumers has a carbon footprint, and both modern shoppers and retailers are becoming more conscious of the environmental impacts of the products they endorse. As concern rightly rises over the carbon footprint of the products consumers buy, brands must consider their own sustainable credentials as a matter of urgency, both for the planet and for the viability of their business.