Sustainable business practice continues to be key to our agenda and we remain focused on delivering a positive net impact on the environment from our business activities wherever practical.
When carrying out our business activities Safestore endeavours to:
New store opening – Staines
During the year we opened our Staines store and through the deployment of air to air heat source pump technology and photovoltaic roof tiles we are able to produce at least 20% renewable energy. In addition, we have remained focused on the sourcing of new store materials using recycled and sustainably sourced materials, such as chipboard for the mezzanine floors, to minimise environmental impact.
Our packaging range
We carefully select packaging partners who share our values and goals to reduce the unnecessary breakdown of our natural climate. An example of this is our packaging supplier (Ecopac) whose operation is 100% solar powered, operating as part of the Westcott Venture Park sustainable energy project.
This year we used 317 tonnes of recycled paper and through the provision of a recycled box range, cardboard recycling points and a box for life scheme, we have saved approximately 5,395 trees from being unnecessarily felled. We are delighted to report that this is an increase of 80% on the prior year.
We consider our environmental responsibilities to extend beyond our box range and we continue to look at all aspects of our packaging range seeking green alternatives wherever this is commercially practical. For example, we have replaced all polythene products with bio-thene products which together with our bubble wrap products are all biodegradable.
Christmas toy run with East Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists
Charity skydive in support of the Cancer Recovery Foundation
Charity abseil in support of five worthy charities raising £15,000