Sustainability
at Barker and Stonehouse

Sustainability
at Barker and Stonehouse

From being founding partners of the Trees4Trees reforestation initiative to developing a range of sustainable furniture and recyclable products, we pride ourselves on being pioneers in our industry when it comes to eco-conscious practices.

Find out more about our sustainable initiatives and our journey to becoming a carbon neutral brand.

PROUD TO BE A CARBON NEUTRAL PLUS BRAND

For around 15 years now we’ve been focused on our company’s sustainable practices and finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint. This year, we’re pleased to announce that we are now officially one of the first Carbon Neutral Plus retailers in the UK!

This has been achieved by continually reducing our carbon output due to vigilance on heating, lighting, wastage and by numerous initiatives and investments. These have included the use of solar panels, better delivery routing and how we have designed and constructed our stores with the environment firmly front of mind.

This Carbon Neutral status has been verified by an independent specialist company, who, not only granted us carbon neutral status, but also Carbon Neutral PLUS, due to the work we have done over the last ten years with our Trees4Trees reforestation programme.

TREES4TREES: OUR REFORESTATION PROJECT

Over a decade ago, we were a founding partner of the Trees 4 Trees reforestation project in Indonesia. As a result of this relationship, we have now planted 1.7 million trees, and counting!

This organisation is so much more than simply planting trees though; it is the serious work of ensuring soil and crop health, tree growing and farming best practice and the education of local communities to ensure they are able to survive economically without resorting to environmentally damaging practices. The organisation is flourishing and we are delighted to have been involved in helping to make it a success.

10 MILLION TREES FROM ASTRAZENECA

A hugely encouraging boost to our Trees4Trees initiative has recently come from AstraZeneca pledging their support. AstraZeneca – the international pharmaceutical company that has made headlines with its world-changing COVID-19 vaccine – has joined Barker and Stonehouse in leading global support for the Trees 4 Trees reforestation project, pledging to plant 10 million trees over the next five years.

A Tree for Every Delivery

From 2021, we will be planting a tree for every Barker and Stonehouse delivery.

Each time you place an order, Barker and Stonehouse will make a donation to Trees4Trees on behalf of our customers, ensuring that a new tree can be planted for every delivery. This will help to offset CO2 emissions, support sustainable timber forestry and ensure that we continue to protect our planet’s precious ecosystems.

Our target is to plant at least 75,000 trees this year, to help celebrate our 75th anniversary and work towards our goal of being a completely carbon neutral business by 2030.

SUSTAINABLE STORES

Over the past years, each time we’ve built a new store we’ve carefully considered its design from an environmental impact perspective.

We’ve improved our overall energy usage across our sites by invested in intelligent low-energy heating and lighting systems for all our stores and using renewable energy from solar panels where we can. We’ve also replaced all lighting in our stores with energy-efficient LED lightbulbs.

Where it is physically possible, we’ve planted living walls on our stores, creating a wildlife habitat and increasing biodiversity as well as helping to clean the air.

Eco-friendly Deliveries

We have recently introduced a fleet of new Maximover delivery vans and trailers to help us continue on our carbon reduction journey. They’re fantastic vehicles that help us to reduce our environmental impact. They achieve this because they’re much lighter and twice as fuel efficient than our old fleet. We are now exploring the introduction of electric vehicles as we renew our fleet over time.

We have also made significant investment in routing technology to ensure delivery vehicles make the most fuel-efficient routes, thereby cutting down on emissions.

Furniture with a Conscience

From 100% recyclable sofas and mattresses, to furniture made from reclaimed materials, sustainability is high on our list of priorities when it comes to our products. Find out more about our furniture with a conscience.

 

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