environment responsibility – UPDATED 20th december 2023 – Download as a PDF here. 

Ensuring environmental responsibility in the supply of Pergolas, Verandas, Garden Rooms, Glass Rooms, Parasols, Umbrellas and Awnings.

Pergolas & Verandas, trading in the style of Furn4 Ltd, is committed to leading the industry in environmental responsibility through minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.

The key points of our Environmental Responsibility Strategy are:

MINIMISE WASTE BY EVALUATING OPERATIONS AND ENSURING THEY ARE AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE

We run a tight ship here at Pergolas & Verandas. There is no room for waste. Here’s an example: Our products are packaged in cardboard. But once a product has been delivered to the customer, the cardboard doesn’t get thrown away.

We don’t dispose of it until its full-service life has been fully utilised. We use it in our warehouse for storing products and also for safely packing products for onward delivery. We recycle all cardboard and packaging materials using a cardboard crusher and recycling company to dispose of materials that cannot be reused.  

Our target: To re-use, recycle or safely dispose of every piece of waste packaging purchased and used by the company. Now, not in the future.

MINIMISE TOXIC EMISSIONS

Pergolas & Verandas chooses its suppliers carefully and environmental considerations are important. We keep our heating switched down low and have no air conditioning, a window will do! We’re pushing for our working spaces to be carbon neutral. We also encourage working from home as much as is reasonable possible.

With regard to our vehicles, we choose to run vehicles that provide the best mix of utility and emissions and we focus on keeping them well maintained!   We do this knowing it is really in our interest, a days delivery impacted by a vehicle failure is a day where a customer has also been impacted and a vehicle that is not running at its peak capability will be emitting emissions and impacting the environment.  So, a poorly maintained vehicles is a lose / lose / lose situation and we just won’t tolerate that.

We ensure that the delivery of our products are delivered in the most efficient manner possible by ensuring that vehicles are loaded with highest capacity in terms of number, size and weight of goods per delivery and selecting the shortest routes possible. Thereby minimising emissions as far as possible.

Our target: To review our vehicles and also our list of suppliers annually, asking each one of them about their own environmental policies before signing and renewing contracts. Now, not in the future.

PROMOTE RECYCLING BOTH INTERNALLY AND AMONGST OUR CUSTOMERS AND SUPPLIERS.

Our breakout spaces have different bins for sorting our litter and recycling is always encouraged. We use suppliers that score highly in environmental ratings with regard to recycling and we actively promote recycling with our customers for product packaging.

Our target: To maintain our ‘recycle everything’ philosophy and not slack off. To re-use, recycle or safely dispose of all paper, printer ink/cartridges and other materials and packaging used by the company. Now, not in the future.

MEET OR EXCEED ALL THE ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION THAT RELATES TO THE COMPANY.

We’re a small company that retails beautiful outdoor living products. There’s not a great deal of legislation that we have to comply with, but we try to do our bit.

Our target: To already be complying with and exceeding new legislation by the time it comes into force.

ENCOURAGE ALL STAFF TO WALK OR USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GET TO WORK.

We encourage our team to either work from home, cycle to work or use public transport wherever possible.  Of course, we deliver large outside buildings and structures, but that’s unavoidable as its our main business focus.  However, when we are out delivering structures for installation our drivers will drive their vehicles in as safe and frugal way as possible.  This maximises the miles per gallon, minimises the wear and tear on our vehicles and also minimises the pollutants being released into the environment.  We really want to feel we are doing our bit, not just on Walk To Work Day, but on every working day of the year.

Our target: To minimise the vehicle pollutants produced by our team when commuting to work and also by our delivery vehicles delivering our products.

Environmental Responsibility Officer

Pergolas & Verandas nominated person with responsibility for environmental impact is Brendan Mahoney.