As part of Aggregate Industries, our main suppliers, Bradstone, Charcon and StoneFlair are at the forefront of developments to increase the sustainability of domestic and commercial landscaping materials.
The journey began a decade ago, when the company took the decision to focus on and invest in developing sustainable solutions across their comprehensive range of innovative building products.
Today, their investment is reaping rewards, with Aggregate Industries involved in a number of important and influential initiatives designed to make it easy for you, the consumer, to both recognise the most sustainable materials and identify those that have been most responsibly sourced.
Chances are, you've heard the mention of responsible sourcing in the news recently. In straightforward terms, responsible sourcing is about measuring the specific environmental, economic and social impacts of any product, taking into account such factors as its manufacture, delivery, use, re-use and the ability for it to be recycled.
The good news is that Aggregate Industries are the first company in the world to achieve the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate. With this unique status, you can have absolute confidence that the products supplied have been responsibly sourced and that you're getting the industry's most sustainable solutions. You don't just know what you're getting - you also know where you're getting it from.
As a group, Aggregate Industries support the principles of the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trading Initiative base code. This is reflected in their policy and code of practice that
aims to ensure that together with their suppliers, Aggregate Industries fulfil their obligations and responsibilities in order to maintain long-term benefits to all parties.
Examples of criteria their suppliers have to meet are:
- Prohibition of child labour
- Provision of a safe workplace
- Provision of all employment rights
- Prohibition of bonded or forced labour
- Paying wages that meet or exceed national legal requirements.
Wouldn't it be great if you could see, at a glance, just how much CO2 a product generates?
Now you can, thanks to carbon labelling, an initiative piloted by The Carbon Trust. Carbon labelling calculates the carbon footprint of products across their entire life cycle - from production, to use and disposal - and then displays the information clearly on a label.
Carbon labelling not only clearly indicates how much a company is committed to reducing carbon emissions, but the 'footprint' logo also enables consumers to make a more informed decision about the products they're buying.