Hillbrush actively works to protect and preserve our environment, and strives to minimize adverse environmental impact at all stages of production.
The majority of products we make are wood based. Hillbrush has a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody certification (TT-COC-001562)* for the wood brush backs we use, so that they can be traced back to the responsibly managed forests they originally came from. The non-FSC timber we use also comes from managed forests, and from other sustainable member schemes, such as the German PEFC scheme.
We use a great deal of natural fibers that tend to grow in poorer areas in tropical climates. This is a boost to local agricultural economies, and like the timber we use these fibers are locally managed and sustainably cropped.
Both the timber and natural fibers we use are completely biodegradable.
Inevitably we use plastics, particularly in products for food processing and health care. Typically these products are very robust and last many times longer than ‘throw-away’ plastic goods that often appear on the market. We manufacture most of our own plastic brush backs, where waste plastic is recycled, and the heat used to make the moldings heats our buildings. Our use of PVC, which contains Chlorine, is now minimal. We continually seek new ways to reduce plastic use, or to replace plastics with environmentally friendly alternatives that technology is now beginning to bring to the market.
We use as little packaging as possible, and comply with all UK Environmental Protection Agency packaging waste regulations. We bundle all paper and cardboard waste, and recycle it.
Our new premises were built with the latest water-saving and insulation technologies. Hot air extracted is filtered and reused, and we use an ultra-efficient lighting system. We have an array of solar panels, which generates about 250MWh electricity a year, and electric car recharging stations.
Our administrative staff now work from home for much of their time, reducing car use.