Environmental Policy

Illustrated Solutions Ltd – Environmental Policy 

Introduction and aim

This is the environmental policy and progress made towards meeting this policy for Illustrated Solutions Ltd, a family-run sublimation and 3D printing business, operating in South Yorkshire.

Our main products are sublimated merchandise (t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, mugs, jigsaws, keyrings etc) and other associated products.

We recognise that our operations result in some generation of waste, including ink, paper and packaging.

It is our aim to comply with legislation and other requirements, continue to reduce the environmental impacts of our business and operate in an environmentally responsible manner. This policy describes how we will achieve our aim.

Responsibility

This environmental policy applies to all of our operations including management, office services, printing, delivery and procurement.

Nigel Hartland and Fiona Hartland (Company Directors) are responsible for ensuring that the policy is implemented. However, all employees have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of the policy are met.

Resources

We will ensure that resources are available to enable us to achieve our objectives and targets.

Objectives

During 2020 and 2021, we aim to:

  • reduce non-recyclable packaging wherever possible
  • reduce our carbon footprint by lowering our use of electricity or using more efficient electrical items which consume less electricity and therefore lower the carbon footprint
  • inform all customers and suppliers of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact

Targets

To achieve our aims, we have set ourselves the following targets:

  • inform all customers and suppliers about our environmental policy by December 2020 and, thereafter, all new customers and suppliers
  • define good housekeeping for paper and ink use, ensure all employees receive training in good housekeeping by September 2020 and incorporate this training into the induction programme for new starters
  • introduce an ink management system to reduce the amount of waste ink being disposed of by December 2020
  • encourage the use of recyclable packaging

Monitoring and auditing

Progress against these objectives will be monitored through bimonthly management meetings.

Communication

This environmental policy is available on request.

If you wish to obtain a copy or would like to discuss our progress against our objectives, please telephone 07580 051444. 

Nigel Hartland, Sales and Marketing Director and Fiona Hartland, Admin / Creative Director

Date: 23-6-20

Progress: 9-11-20

We are pleased to say that we have made considerable progress during the last few months with our aim to use recyclable packaging.

Eco friendly tissue paper

From June 2020, we have used environmentally friendly tissue paper for wrapping our sublimated products, provided by noissue

eco friendly tissue paper used by Illustrated Solutions

Therefore, as a result of this we have helped contribute to improving the environment and as such we are now part of the Eco Packaging Alliance

According to noissue, for us this means:” it’s a connection to and validation of your sustainability efforts. Not everyone chooses to use environmentally sustainable packaging, and we’re thrilled that you’ve made that decision for your brand.

Indirectly, as part of our ordering (and using) the tissue paper, we are supporting global reforestation because noissue plant a tree for every order made to them.

No Issue Eco Packaging Alliance Logo

ScaleUp 360 logo

 The ScaleUp 360 Project and Design Futures 

We have also been fortunate to access funding and technical support via the ScaleUp 360 Project to help us create and design our own bespoke product packaging. 

Gift Box with Mug and Coaster Image

 

We have been working with Design Futures whose expertise has enabled us to have a number of bespoke packaging requirements met which follow our aims of using recyclable packaging

 

Tall Gift Box with Cat Teddy for Illustrated Solutions Ltd

 

Indeed they commented that: “All the packs we supplied are 100% recyclable (all paper board) and all are made from responsibly sourced material. The majority are made from material with recycled content.”


Therefore, as a result of the success of this bespoke packaging, it has enabled us to offer this as another product on its own, alongside our other products. 

Biodegradable packaging

Where paper / cardboard has been not been suitable for mailing products we have endeavoured to use  packaging which is biodegradable

biodegradable packaging used by Illustrated Solutions

These bags are made of degradable additives that break down within a number of weeks.

For example, an oxo-biodegradable package, will, when exposed to light, heat and mechanical stress, degrade to smaller bits and then in to natural elements e.g water, minerals etc.