OUR APPROACH TO SUSTAINABILITY

Here at Growforth, we are always looking for ways to ensure we are working as

sustainably as possible.  Our environmental policy highlights our commitment

to helping our customers buy sustainable products and to provide them with

recycling opportunities wherever we can.

We would love to hear from you regarding any recycling ideas or other

suggestions on how we can further work to reduce our carbon footprint. 

 

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Growforth is committed to protecting and rebuilding our environment.  There

are many contributing factors towards global warming and the ongoing

environmental damage.  We believe that by implementing small but

fundamental changes, and encouraging our customers to do the same, will

make a significant difference.

 

Plants

There are thousands of plant species and it’s essential we are secure, as a

nation, from plant diseases.  We promote best practice and are part of a ‘plant

passport’ system in conjunction with SASA, for plants which are susceptible to

disease. We are inspected twice a year to ensure we are meeting our plant

health requirements.  This helps better protect our plant trade and whole

supply chain.

Planthealthy is an initiative set up by the HTA (Horticulture Trades

Association with Government backing) and one that we wholly support and

adhere to.  Plant health is a major issue for the whole of the plant supply

chain.   This plant health management standard helps us in the development of

a consistent plant health management system and our responsibilities within

the plant supply chain.

 

Recycling & Re-using

We recycle all of our plastics, cardboard, glass, paper waste and ink

cartridges.  Our team keep any print to a minimum and much of our marketing

is digital.  We offer customer receipts, on tree-saver paper, but again where

possible we discourage the printing of receipts.

We encourage our customers to bring back any plastic pots for recycling or to

be re-used by other customers.  We also ask have a dedicated area for

recycling ceramic pots.

The team also try and reuse pallets and pots where possible.

 

Packaging

We have worked hard to remove polystyrene from all our packaging.  Our

suppliers have now also removed polystyrene from their packaging.

  Additionally, our trolley wraps are all recyclable.

From 2020, we will no longer be handling any packaging made from expanded

polystyrene.

 

Keeping it local

We believe in promoting and supporting Scottish based businesses therefore

as much as possible, all our plants are Scottish-grown.  We work with local

suppliers to showcase to the community, the great produce on offer.

A recent statistic suggested that for every £1 spent in a local business, 83p

stays local compared to only 7p from larger corporate businesses.

In keeping products local it helps reduce our potential carbon footprint.

Timber – most of the benches we sell are made from recycled timber and we

will endeavour to ensure within the next 2 years that all benches we stock are.

 

Energy Efficient

The electricity for our site is run through smart meters.

 

Raising awareness

We are committed to encouraging our suppliers, customers and employees to

be aware that small changes can make a great impact.  We now stock many

eco-friendly and sustainable products including;

  • Pots made from recycled materials
  • The majority of the trees we sell are planted in peat-free compost
  • Natural and sustainable plant food

Longer term, our aim is to prioritise purchasing sustainable products

across all our departments.

 

Nature & Nurture

Plants are essential for our wildlife as well as bringing health benefits to

individuals and the local community.   We encourage and support local wildlife

with our bird feeders, ladybird towers and nest boxes.  Additionally, we hold

community events promoting the benefits of bees and other insects.

By working with our customers to create their own green space, whatever the

size, we firmly believe this will help nurture nature and great a healthier

environment.

Our sustainable development plan will continue to monitor the following as part

of our environmental policy;

  • Utilities
  • Products
  • Transport
  • Staff
  • Admin/Site Management