Were working hard to be
"Being a family run company, we are particularly conscious of
the possible environmental impact of our business.
We have given careful consideration to the possible
corrective measures, we can easily implement within our organisation, to
help reduce or entirely mitigate any potential environmental impact, and to
encourage staff to embrace them, with enthusiasm and pride."
Everyday our internet store ships products to customers
throughout the world and therefore consumes a good deal of packaging
materials such as protective bubble-wrap and cardboard.
Where possible we purchase pre-recycled
packaging materials as our preferred option. Additionally, all packaging
materials on goods received from our own suppliers, is entirely recycled as
outgoing packaging or if no further use for it can be found, recycled again
though local civil amenities.
Being based close to a major landfill, we are fully aware of
the looming landfill crisis.
From the outset, we have built Glowtec to be
a low-waste Business which actively recycles or reuses its waste products
To fly a product half way round the world, when an equally
good alternative is available locally, is environmentally absurd.
Where ever possible GLOWTEC actively source
from local suppliers, only sourcing further a field where no suitable local
alternative is available.
together with like-minded 'Green' business partners and suppliers, who share
our values and environmental concerns, we believe helps a small business
like ours have a more significant influence for the better.
It is our policy to trade with suppliers who
have themselves, demonstrated a serious commitment to their own
environmental responsibilities. This includes use of sustainable
raw-materials in their products and does not involve the use of child labour
or any other form of oppressive or unethical business practices.
Solvent (spirit) based
paint mediums are not environmentally friendly. They are manufactured using
highly flammable and toxic chemicals which can emit vapours that can be
harmful to health and a fire hazard.
Solvent based paints also contain high levels of VOCs
Compounds) which are harmful to the environment.
We never use solvent
based paint mediums. STARGLOW brand paints are manufactured using
Solvent-Free, Water-Based Acrylic Mediums, which contain very low levels of
VOCs or none at all in some cases.
Safe for you, safe for us, safe for the environment.
Leaving on office lights, PCs and other electrical equipment
on standby overnight; like a dripping tap, can waste a considerable amount
of energy unnecessarily.
At GLOWTEC, all non-essential equipment and
lighting is powered off when not required, day or night.
No international Travel
Air travel is a recognised environmental polluter, with many
thousands of unnecessary flights taken by employees for ‘Business’ purposes.
We believe it environmentally unacceptable to take a
carbon-costly flight, when pervasive Internet communications technology may
be used to achieve much the same result, in far less time, with far less
cost and almost no environmental impact.
GLOWTEC staff do not make any International
Business trips. Communication with all overseas Customers and Suppliers is
achieved via the Internet and telecommunications.
No Unnecessary Car Journeys
Being ‘on-the-road’ in Business terms, is not only very
wasteful in terms of lost productivity time and financial cost, we do not
believe it is Eco-acceptable, when Internet communications can delivery
tangible business results in a fraction of the time, and at a fraction of
GLOWTEC staff do not make any unnecessary
Business trips by car. After all, why pick-up your keys when
you can pick-up the phone instead.
A Paper-Less Office
Print-to-screen-not-to-paper, this simple change to an old
habit, helps us save our trees and save money too. Hyper-Text instead of
The use of email and electronic documentation
helps reduce our dependency on paper and employing a comprehensive web site,
effectively negates our need to produce paper-based brochures and
GLOWTEC is an Eco-Active
Company and we genuinely believe that we
(and the environment) are the
better for it.