Green to the core

Russell Hensman
Russell Hensman

As individuals and organisations across the globe celebrated World Environment Day earlier this month, Endurance Doors continues to pursue its own commitment to increased sustainability. Russell Hensman, group marketing manager, explains more.

2023 is a special year for World Environment Day. It’s actually 50 years since it was established by the United Nations General Assembly when it was held on 5 June 5, 1973.

Over the past five decades, the day has continued to grow in popularity and support to become one of the largest international platforms for environmental outreach.

Tens of millions of people participate online and in-person in activities, events, and actions around the world.

This year’s anniversary is perhaps made all the more poignant by the fact that the need to encourage increased environmental awareness and protection is greater than ever before.

In the last 18 months, we have seen stark evidence of the effects of climate change. This includes the warmest New Year’s Day in the UK in recorded history, the worst droughts in Europe in the last 500 years, and Antarctic Sea ice reaching the lowest levels since records began.

To tackle the issues currently facing our planet, there is a need for all of us to be more environmentally responsible in whatever ways we can and to act sooner, rather than later.

At Endurance Doors, we continue to go to great lengths to minimise our environmental impact.

The steps we have taken include ensuring none of our production waste goes to landfill and, in the interests of a more circular economy, recycling or using recycled materials wherever possible.

We’re also selective about what virgin material we use, doing our utmost to ensure this comes from sustainable and renewable resources.

As a prime example, the timber employed in our doors comes from responsibly managed and fully certified Scandinavian forests where four seedlings are planted for every tree felled.

These forests also act as carbon sinks helping to deliver further environmental benefits. Each cubic metre of forest is capable of storing one tonne of carbon dioxide, keeping it out of the atmosphere and helping to combat climate change.

Not content to stop there, we have also become a supporter of the World Land Trust (WLT) – an international conservation charity whose patrons include Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, and Steve Backshall.

By partnering with the WLT, Endurance Doors has become carbon balanced with any unavoidable emissions from our operations being offset by investment into forests, biomass plantations and other sustainable means of carbon sequestration.

On top of this, earlier this year, we made a six-figure investment into installing 500 solar panels on the roof of our main production facility.

These panels help us to self-generate some of the electricity we use and builds on our existing focus of only using electricity generated from renewable sources, rather than fossil fuels, throughout our manufacturing processes.

Our commitment to the environment is continuous and we have further actions and initiatives planned for the future. This includes increasing the use of electric powered vehicles across our fleet as well work to ensure our production operations are free from single-use plastics (SUPs).

At Endurance Doors, we know there is no silver bullet to the world’s current environmental challenges. We also recognise that doing nothing to address issues like climate change, resource depletion and plastic pollution is simply not an option.

That’s why we remain focused on making every positive change we can from a sustainability perspective because, no matter how small, these changes can combine to have a much larger and cumulative effect.