Adelphi are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Sustainable/Ethical Manufacturer category at this year’s Made in the South East Awards.
“Rewarding excellence in South East manufacturing”
The entry outlines Adelphi’s eco-friendly production facility, The Friary, which was completed in October 2017.
Exemplifying Adelphi’s core values, The Friary took into account energy efficiency at every stage of the build, and as a result had eco-friendly LED lighting installed, thermal testing conducted, high quality insulation introduced, and 256 photovoltaic solar panels mounted on the south-facing roof of Adelphi Healthcare Packaging’s warehouse, which now produce more electrical power than we use. The building was also constructed to harvest rainwater for use in the company’s cleaning and toilets. 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 on site with water for cleaning and is also used for machine testing.
Wherever difficult choices were presented, we avoided taking the cheapest option, to deliver a facility to be proud of in every regard. Staff, contacts and clients alike have been impressed with the scope of the project, which was designed to deliver a statement about Adelphi’s commitment to a more sustainable future. Now complete, The Friary has given life to a new consciousness within the company, and a determination to improve our environmental impact in as many ways as possible…
Adelphi’s environmental awareness initiatives now extend beyond what has been facilitated by the building of The Friary. An air source heat pump has been installed to provide eco-friendly heating for our sister building Blacksmiths. We swapped plastic for paper cups in all water coolers and for all hot drinks, and have had a conscious drive of everyday recycling awareness among staff, taking our recycling of cardboard above 95% every month. In early 2018 we replaced our oldest company diesel car with a hybrid model, and will do the same for every company car we replace moving forward. We also recycle plastic, metal and glass wherever possible. We exchange offcuts of stainless steel at the local scrapyard. A local recycling company called Shredded Neat collect our waste cardboard and plastic. Biffa also collect our recycled card, cans and plastic bottles generated by staff food consumption.
The awards, run by Insider, are designed to “recognise and reward manufacturing companies based in the South East region that have demonstrated success” in one of their eight categories. The winners will be revealed at a black-tie awards dinner in Gatwick on 29th November 2018.