Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • The Responsible Supplier

    Posted on April 26, 2012 by Simply Paving

    At Simply Paving, we believe we have an ethical responsibility to ensure that the products we supply to you are made and sourced in such a way that minimises impact on communities and the environment.

    Bradstone and Charcon have been focusing their efforts on developing sustainable solutions for well over a decade.

    As part of Aggregate Industries, our main suppliers, Bradstone and Charcon 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.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Textured Paving Chocolate, Cream and Fudge

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving is manufactured using up to 83% recycled content.

    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.

    The Responsible Source

    Chances are, you've heard the mention of responsible sourcing in the news recently. In straightforward terms, responsible sourcing is all about measuring and managing the specific environmental, social and economic impacts of any products, taking into account all elements including its manufacture, delivery, use, reuse and the ability for it to be recycled.

    The good news is that Aggregate Industries is the first company in the world to achieve BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate from BRE Global.


    As such, you can have absolute confidence that Bradstone products have been responsibly sourced and that you're getting the garden landscaping industry's most sustainable and future proof solutions. You don't just know what you're getting - you also know where you're getting it from.

    Ethical Trading Policy

    When you see the ethical trading logo, it's your assurance that Bradstone is working harder than ever to ensure their imported natural stone products meet strict ethical criteria.

    Ethical Trading Initiative

    Bradstone works with global suppliers to support the principles of the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) 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 the criteria Bradstone insist their suppliers have to meet are:

    • Provision of a safe and healthy workplace.
    • Prohibition of child labour.
    • Paying wages which meet or exceed national legal standards.
    • Provision of employments rights.
    • Prohibition of bonded or forced labour.


    Carbon Labelling

    Wouldn't it be great if you could see, at a glance, just how much carbon dioxide a product generates?

    Now you can, thanks to carbon labelling, an initiative piloted by The Carbon Trust. In simple terms, the carbon footprint is the total amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases created during the life of a product from production to use and disposal.


    Working with one of the industry's most respected governing bodies, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Bradstone have developed a system that calculates the carbon footprint for any Bradstone landscaping product.

    Bradstone Stone Master Block Paving Buff Shades

    Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving is manufactured using 50% reclaimed and recycled material.

    Look out for these logos in the latest Bradstone brochure but also keep an eye out for them appearing on our website in the very near future.

    This post was posted in Our Products, Our Suppliers, Simply Paving and was tagged with Aggregate Industries, BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate, Bradstone, Breeam, Charcon, Concrete, Driveway, Driveways, Ehtical Trading Initiative, Environment, ETI, Natural, Patio, Patios, Paving, Responsible Sourcing, Simply Paving, StoneFlair by Bradstone, The Carbon Trust, UN Global Compact

  • Paving Around a Swimming Pool

    Posted on April 24, 2012 by Simply Paving


    Swimming pools - we'd all like one but if you're lucky enough to have one or if you're considering installing one, you'll want to make sure that you can make the best use of it possible when we have some good weather.

    One of the most important considerations for making the most of your swimming pool is what paving to use around it. You need to make sure that the paving is going to be suitable for all the activities you're planning for your poolside, whether that be sunbathing, entertaining or fun and games with the family.

    If slip-resistant properties are an important factor, our textured products such as Bradstone Textured Paving or StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving Textured may be top of your list. However, just be careful if you're planning on using this type of paving as it will have quite a rough finish for bare feet, especially if children are running around.

    Bradstone Textured Paving

    If you're looking to recreate the look and feel of the Mediterranean, why not use Bradstone Tile Paving to evoke all the spirit, charm and warmth. With this product, you'll be back poolside at the villa without even boarding a plane!

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Tile Paving Mellow Terracotta

    If natural products are more appealing to you, why not try something ultra contemporary such as the StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving. This product uses 500mm x 500mm sized slab with a grooved design to give a very modern feel.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving

    Precautions and Aftercare

    If concrete or natural stone flags are splashed with chlorinated water, they are liable to develop white crystalline marks as the water evaporates; this is not damaging and can be easily removed with clean water.

    However, concrete paving, and to a lesser extent, natural stone paving can be structurally damaged if exposed to chlorinated water in periods of freezing temperatures. As swimming pools are generally not used in such conditions, this is rarely an issue.

    Where can I get more advice?

    Bradstone flags have been recommended as pool surrounds many times, if you would like further guidance please give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or call the Bradstone helpline on 01335 372 289.

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