Sustainability in Design

Sustainability in Design

‘Sustainability in Design’ was the hot topic in this month’s edition of Packaging News Magazine, with industry leaders citing both the responsibility of designers to respond to sustainability issues, and the responsibility of companies to integrate sustainability ideas into their processes.

Matt Oakley of Taxi Studio wrote for the magazine that consumers are “demanding an environmentally conscious attitude from brands”, with Nick Vaus of Free the Birds agreeing that “sustainability is becoming intrinsic to consumers’ purchasing decisions”.

Adelphi are proud to have these concerns at the forefront of their company ethos: we produce machines with scalability and upgrade options, so that as your company grows and develops, our equipment can be amended accordingly. We are distancing ourselves and our products from the outdated ‘throw it away and start again’ mentality which no longer fits with our social and environmental responsibilities. All our products are designed and created with longevity in mind, and even our premises demonstrate how heavily we subscribe to this school of thought; the Adelphi Group has recently settled into our new environmentally aware production facility ‘The Friary’.

The impressive premises took several months to complete, and were constructed over the top of Adelphi’s old temporary warehouse space, which enabled business activities to continue to flow without disrupting production and dispatch. The Friary now includes a number of features which provide major improvements to the overall business operations. The main space is occupied by a large machine hall with twelve working stations, all with their own service point for electrics, air and data. This offers ample space for several machine builds at any one time, ensuring that customer orders can be satisfied regardless of workloads. Stores also occupies a double mezzanine area for the three engineering companies within the Adelphi group. With the addition of these new features as well as a machine shop, Adelphi has the ability to bring more and more of its processes and production in-house, from design through to fabrication, including machining, wiring and programming.

In line with the company pledge “to support the local economy and the natural environment”, the Friary took into account energy efficiency at every stage of the build, and as a result eco-friendly LED lighting was installed, thermal testing was conducted, high quality insulation introduced, and solar panels were mounted on the roof of Adelphi Healthcare Packaging’s warehouse facility which now produce more power than we use. Adelphi’s buildings have also been constructed to harvest rainwater for use in the company’s cleaning and plumbing.

Whilst work was underway on The Friary, an exciting discovery was made in the form of an old artesian well, which along with the harvested rainwater now serves all the buildings on site with water for cleaning.

Adelphi recognises the responsibility of companies to integrate sustainability ideas into their processes and facilities. We are exceptionally proud of our premises, and are always pleased to welcome customers and contacts to the site for tours. If you would like to check out what Adelphi has to offer, please visit www.adelphi.uk.com.

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