Cycling in itself is a very green option, but the industry still causes plenty of carbon footprint, be it from events, packaging or factory running. BikeBiz reached out to the industry to investigate what more we can be doing to protect our planet.
Today, we hear from Raleigh UK.
What is Raleigh doing to reduce its carbon footprint?
Raleigh has a complete drive across the business to become more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint. We actively encourage cycling as the primary mode of transport for shorter journeys, the health benefits of this are also highlighted to staff who have the option of using a staff pool bike.
On top of encouraging cycling we have introduced 100% recyclable paper tape for all parts and accessories parcels, FSC approved branded boxes that come from a recycled and sustainable source. Void fill is now 100% recyclable and boxes are reused where possible. Our bike boxes are now free from single use plastic and are also made from FSC approved recycled cardboard.
All the energy used at Raleigh UK is from renewable sources. We currently recycle four pallets of cardboard each month from all parts of the business and there are new recycle points in all departments. Further plans include replacing jiffy bags jiffy bags, more palatalised distribution and encouraging dealers to hold off and use our 9pm cut off to order later in the day but only order once, rather than multiple smaller orders, all of this with the aim to reduce carbon footprint.
How can the industry collaborate to facilitate change?
The consumer is bombarded with around 3,500 marketing messages a day (depending on where you live and work). One message that is at the forefront of consumer discussions is sustainability. Ethically and sustainably sourced products that incorporate recycled materials are fast becoming the expectation of most consumers.
The industry needs to work together with brands and retailers to outline the importance of going green. We as distributors also need to better understand the needs of the IBD, how we can support them with the tools required to be more sustainable. An example of this could be resealable boxes that the dealer can use for returns.
What steps can IBDs take to reduce their carbon emissions?
For the IBD being more sustainable could also save money, we have sound some of the simplest changes can contribute to a lower carbon emission output. Here are some of our ideas for the IBDs to become greener and save money.
– Switching to energy efficient fixtures and appliances – From LED bulbs to ‘A’ rated appliances they will all help small businesses save money and be more sustainable.
– All things digital – Moving away from paper receipts can help save money and keep a better record of work undertaken or products sold.
– Reduce, reuse and recycle – Reduce the number of single use plastic products used, for example switching from plastic bags to recycled paper bags. Reuse boxes for returns or items that are being sent out. Recycle, where possible recycle metals, plastics and cardboard.
– Merchandising – Going green with your shops design, we have seen some great examples of recycled furniture and display stands to show off products. This also doubles as a great talking point to customers.