We are currently working towards Investors in the Environment accreditation and aim to ensure that wherever possible, we use ethically sourced sustainable and eco-friendly products.
As part of our accreditation with IIE, we were introduced to Dr Richard Ferris – from the University of Cambridge who was looking for a business with whom he could give sustainability support, including a sustainability review.
With our challenge to become ‘green’ this was something that we felt would really be of benefit to us. Our collaboration started with Richard visiting the Graff.io HQ to find out a bit more about how we operate as a company – materials, production processes, sales and transportation were all looked into.
After completing his course for Sustainability Leadership – Richard produced a sustainability review for Graff.io. Within his research, he found that there are three main factors of our business that are global challenges for us:
- Framing Materials
These challenges and opportunities remain. However, we have worked with our supplier to develop a new box while marginal gains can be made by increasing % of recycled polystyrene in polcore mouldings. Fewer opportunities exist for changes to ink supplies, where colour accuracy is crucial within the printing industry.
The term ‘Conscious Consumer’ is becoming more popular. It refers to the increased awareness around the impact of purchasing decisions on the environment. We believe that our awareness of the environment and impact that we are having on it sets us apart from others.
Check out some of the pictures taken from when Richard came to present his findings to us.
With years of experience in biodiversity conservation behind him, Richard has now set up a Community Interest Company – ‘earthmatters’. The business works to promote, engage with and deliver sustainability projects with businesses, local authorities, community groups, charities and schools.
We will continue to collaborate with Richard through our progression with IIE so that we can continue to develop our sustainability plan, become future ready and identify opportunities and targets to continue our sustainability journey.