David Cameron was guest of honour in Oxfordshire this week to officially open leading packaging expert Polythene UK’s new fully-sustainable office building.
Winner of ‘The Oxfordshire County Council Energy & Environment Award’ at the 2013 Oxfordshire Business Awards last month, Polythene UK is already recognised as the most environmentally-friendly commercial entity in the polythene industry.
The company’s new offices, based in Witney, are equipped with a complete first-class, renewable system, making them fully self-sustaining. On top of this, the company is the sole distributor of Polylite, Polyair and Polycomp – three packaging products that provide exciting environmentally and financially-beneficial alternatives to standard polythene.
The new 8,000 sq ft office building has a 25 kW Solar PV System that delivers 22,000 kWh of electricity per year. It is this system that powers the 300 litre Ecocent Air to Water Heat Pump, the two 25 kW Air Source Heat Pumps, the 26 Thermovec Radiators and the LED Lighting. All systems were designed, manufactured and installed by Oxfordshire-based manufacturer Earth Save Products.
Alongside this, Polythene UK is reprocessing rainwater through two water butts, recycling all of its paper, envelopes and printer cartridges, and has fitted Econospeed into all of its delivery vehicles to save on fuel by 15% while also reducing wear and tear.
The company’s achievements tie in neatly with one of Cameron’s first declarations as prime minister – to create ‘the greenest government ever’ and he gave much praise on the company’s green-mission during his visit. He said: “The new office building is fantastic and I am pleased to hear just how environmentally friendly it is. With both its new offices and products, Polythene UK is certainly proving its green credentials and I hope other UK businesses will feel inspired to follow in its footsteps.”
James Woollard, managing director at Polythene UK, commented: “It’s been an absolute honour to have David Cameron come down to open the new sustainable office building. It’s fantastic that we’re being recognised for our green efforts.
“CSR is becoming a key trend within the industry right now and we’re lucky enough to be able to help our clients carry out their green agendas by providing real green solutions. Consideration for our impact on the environment will continue to be our main focus from both operational and industrial viewpoints.
“We fully intend, as an industry leader, to set the environmental standards for others to follow. Our mission is to be as carbon-positive as possible, which is why we’ve heavily invested in the new fully-sustainable office building as well as product innovation.”