Supplies House awarded The Planet Mark sustainability certification for committing to cut its carbon footprint

Oct 31, 2018 | News

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

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager
Supplies House, janitorial suppliers to some of the UK’s biggest contract cleaners has been awarded The Planet Mark for demonstrating its commitment to cutting its carbon footprint year-on-year.

This is Supplies House’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting. It calculated the emissions associated with its business operations in the company’s two offices for the year ending December 2017 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

On being presented with their Planet Mark Certificate, Supplies House commented “We are proud to join the Planet Mark family. The planet is in desperate need of help and we are happy to try and make a difference. We are a drop in the ocean, but we are dedicated to educating people about the planet with hopes that more people and businesses will join together to help save our Planet.”

“As a janitorial cleaning and supplies company we have a fleet of vehicles. Our MD Mr. Brian Chapman, is extremely conscious of the fragility of the Planet and believes that more should be done – quickly, in order to preserve our Planet and make it better place for the generations that will come after us. As such, we restructured our route system so that our fleet makes more economical journeys and brought in environmentally safe vehicles so that our Co2 would be reduced with immediate effect.”

“We realise this is just the beginning, but we will work closely with The Planet Mark so that we can become pioneers for other companies to make a positive change and help improve our planet.”

The Planet Mark certificate recognises Supplies House’s good practice in sustainability, principally:

  • Measuring carbon emissions from electricity, fleet, waste and water
  • Committing to engage employees and suppliers to drive improvement
  • Storing 260 tCO2e by protecting one acre of endangered rainforest through the charity Cool Earth
  • Investing in the Eden Project to support environmental education programmes.

Presenting the award, Steve Malkin, founder of The Planet Mark said: “Supplies House joins a select group of organisations from the facilities management sector to achieve The Planet Mark. In doing so, Supplies House has enabled customers to buy products and services from a business that is committed to continuous improvement in sustainability and thereby improve their own impacts on society and the environment”.

Additional measures Supplies House have employed to achieve 2019 targets include:

  • Organising annual sustainability workshops to raise staff awareness about the company’s environmental policies
  • Developing a waste management plan targeting “zero” landfill waste and focusing on all aspects of waste management including waste prevention, recycling and disposal.

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The Supplies House

Since 1985 The Supplies House ® has become a leading supplier of janitorial products and consumables to cleaning companies. We are very focused on our customers, and our directors take a personal interest in all key aspects of customer delivery.

Our dedicated teams are here to help our customers be successful, including the customer account staff helping, the back office people making sure thing run smoothly, to the front line delivery guys getting customers products to their destinations in all weathers and times of day.

Mr. Brian Chapman has been passionate about service and his customers since he has created The Supplies house. Taking on the Planet Mark is another part of Brian’s commitment to his customers and he is proud to take on this challenge.

The Planet Mark

The Planet Mark is an internationally recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme, recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability. It is awarded to businesses, properties, new developments and projects that are committed to reducing their carbon emissions. Partnered with the Eden Project, The Planet Mark contributes 5% of all certification fees to the award-winning visitor attraction. Each certification also comes with 12 free tickets to Eden Project, encouraging organisations to learn more about climate change and the importance of biodiversity.

The first year of 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. In subsequent years, holders of The Planet Mark have a minimum requirement to reduce their carbon emissions by 2.5% per year. The average absolute carbon reduction achieved by holders is 4% per annum and 12% per employee per annum.