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Leading the charge to a greener future: carbon neutral by 2050
May 11, 2021
Sustainability concerns are at the heart of Adelphi’s values: the Group pledges to “support the local economy and the natural environment, operate with integrity and deliver on commitments”. The Adelphi team recognises the responsibility of businesses to proactively integrate sustainable practices, from sourcing components, to innovating how products are made and packaged for customers.
- One of the Adelphi Group’s most popular products, the Apollo II liquid viewer, has recently had a packaging upgrade to sustainably sourced foam, made from polyethylene resin which is derived from renewable sugarcane-based feedstock.
- Only biodegradable coolant is used when machining product components.
- The polishing compound used to buff metal is certified free from animal fats.
- The Adelphi Group exchange offcuts of stainless steel at the local scrapyard, and work with a local recycling company called Shredded Neat, to recycle waste cardboard and plastic.
The Adelphi Group’s eco-friendly production facility ‘The Friary’ was unveiled in 2017, and it has significantly reduced the Group’s environmental footprint. Excess electricity is generated at a rate of 3% per month by solar panels, and two rainwater harvesting tanks save an average of 12,000 litres of water per month. Whilst work was underway on The Friary, an old artesian well was uncovered, which was excavated, re-lined and recommissioned. This, along with the harvested rainwater, now serves all the buildings at the Adelphi Group site with water for cleaning and machine testing.
The Friary increased Adelphi’s machine build production area from 270.9 square metres to 951 square metres, meaning that more parts than ever can now be built in-house, reducing the carbon footprint of deliveries.
The Adelphi Group of Companies is also a member of the Sustainable Business Partnership, and staff regularly organise and participate in eco-awareness events, including Beach Cleans and more. Managing Director Chris Wilson says that “COVID-19 has given us insight into the possibility of a cleaner and greener world. Everyone has a role to play, to ensure that the positive effects continue, as we work towards a greener new normal. This award is a fitting reflection of the commitment to sustainability initiatives shown by all at the Adelphi Group of Companies.”
Customers share Chris’ enthusiasm:
“Both Adelphi and Eve Taylor have environmental considerations at the heart of their ethos. We discovered that both our companies even use the same biodegradable starch packaging peanuts,
for posting products!”
~ Eve Taylor (London) Ltd, Aromatherapy Skincare Manufacturer
“Adelphi’s values match LittlePod’s perfectly – they really care”.
~ LittlePod, Real Vanilla Manufacturer
Although there is often a negative perception of the manufacturing industry in terms of its environmental impact, many companies including Adelphi are leading the charge to a greener future.
Every initiative will count to help the UK meet its target of climate neutrality by 2050 – all businesses are called upon to reduce pollution and waste, recycle and reuse materials, and moderate
emissions in their processes.