Environmental & Recycling Policy
Radnor Hills produces a whole range of waters, mixers and presses in a mixture of cans, glass, plastic bottles and Tetra Pak cartons. The activities that occur on this site, and activities within our value chain that we can reasonably influence, fall within the scope of our Environmental Management System (EMS).
Radnor Hills is committed to the protection of the local and global environment, enabled by the operation of our EMS. To minimise the environmental impacts concerning our activities and products, we commit to:
Continual improvement of the EMS and of our impact on the environment.
- Complying with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the company subscribes which relate to its environmental aspects.
- Including the consideration of environmental issues in all business strategies and initiatives.
- Radnor Hills’ senior management ensures the protection of the environment is firmly embedded in both the company’s and all employees’ culture, and will endeavour to influence its suppliers and customers in a similar strategic environmental manner.
- Prevent pollution, reduce waste and minimise the consumption of resources.
- Consider the wider global impact of all our activities and products, including the activities of our suppliers, customers and other stakeholders.
- Educate, train and motivate employees to carry out tasks in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Encourage environmental protection among suppliers and subcontractors.
- Influencing suppliers, customers and third parties with consideration of life cycle impacts where possible.
- Identifying, setting, monitoring and reviewing environmental objectives and achieving these.
This Policy will be communicated to all employees and subcontractors, and will be available to the public.
Radnor Hills and our Environmental Commitments
At Radnor Hills we are very aware of our environmental responsibilities, as we abstract our pure spring water from the land around us. This includes our commitment to ensure that we minimise our packaging requirements and work towards a system that recycles our bottles and packaging. We are working with all stakeholders to create a cleaner, greener future.
Radnor Hills have continued to remain at the forefront of packaging innovation and have had a constant programme in place for the last ten years of light weighting our packaging and we now have the lightest bottles available to us whilst not effecting functionality or quality. In July 2018 we started our first production of 51% recycled plastic bottles for our spring water and school compliant drinks ranges. We will increase the distribution as supplies of RPET increase. This will be greatly helped by a deposit return scheme which we fully support.
We now use a 30% recycled plastic shrink wrap to protect our products before we ship them out. This is an industry first, and is still 100% recyclable!
Our bottles are made from PET plastic, which has the lowest carbon footprint of any alternative packaging. It is 100% recyclable and can be remade into bottles with no ill effect. Bottles can also be recycled to make T shirts, sweaters, fleece jackets, insulation, sleeping bags, carpeting and of course plastic bottles. It takes 10 bottles to make a T shirt and 63 bottles to make a sweater.
We have been working where possible to create a closed loop system with our suppliers for all waste created on site. All waste streams that can be recycled from our production processes are recycled.
Our Environmental Management System
In 2018 we became ISO 14001 certified for our environmental management system, this means that we meet the international standards set out and we are constantly being measured and improving our environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste. We have also installed a new state of the art effluent plant which cleans our waste water.40% of our treated waste water is now reused for our process water onsite, thus saving on water being drawn out of the ground. Our effluent plant was commissioned July 2017, with the new reuse system starting January 2019.
Over the last 4 years we have planted over 10,000 trees on our site to help clean the air and combat climate change. All of our water is drawn from sympathetically farmed land, with no fertilisers or artificial sprays used.
Our goal is to grow our business effectively, whilst enhancing the rural countryside environment within which we work. We want to increase the amount of recycled material in our products and packaging. Radnor Hills are proud to send zero of our waste to landfill and our goal is to maintain this status.