OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

Let's face it, no one has to entertain outdoors, but an outdoor kitchen or firepit is very much an integral part of modern living for many people - and it will probably remain so for the foreseeable future, 

We've looked in depth of how we might support the change in energy use that has come with the green economy. We supply heating and cooking products that use electricity, wood and gas and we have introduced systems - where that has been technically possible - which have already reduced running costs.

Not only that, but the materials we use to hand-make our kitchens are natural and sustainable. Our doors and carcases are made from a range of secret ingredients, but include rice husks and other renewables.  Our unique waterproof coatings are water-based.

 

So, here's the lowdown:

NATURAL GAS

 

Today, natural gas allows billions of people worldwide to enjoy access to lower carbon heat and power. And, as the world works towards net zero emissions we think that natural gas and hydrogen will play an important role in getting us all there.

 

Natural gas has far lower emissions than wood when burnt for heat or cooking and is a much cleaner way of generating electricity. Switching from coal to gas has cut more than 500 million tonnes* of CO2 from the power sector this decade alone. 

And, as electricity production increasingly switches to renewable sources, gas can be a flexible partner to wind and solar, providing quick and reliable back-up power whatever the weather. Gas plus renewables has helped the UK to lower emissions to levels last seen in the 19th century. 

 

LPG

All of our gas products will operate on BioLPG. It’s renewable. It’s sustainable. It's made from a blend of waste, residues and sustainably sourced materials and is a great step in the green direction.

 

​BioLPG is chemically identical to LPG and is compatible with all our gas-fired products, but this gas has a greener twist. BioLPG has absolutely no compromise on performance, so it's as energy efficient as natural gas or conventional LPG, whilst supporting us all to achieve a greener tomorrow. 

With BioLPG, we can all do our bit for the environment, whilst we provide a reliable and sustainable heat source. One step at a time, and with your help, we’ll reduce carbon emissions together. 

 

NOW WHAT ABOUT OUR OWN BUSINESS?

 

Some components are still made overseas, but where we can we source mainly from Europe to reduce travelling distances.

Sustainability is now at the heart of every new product development.

​We have minimised business travel - for example site visits, by the use of online digital information and digitised processes wherever possible.

We always try to procure sustainably sourced components and minimise packaging wherever possible, in line with our business needs.

​If we have to print anything at all, it is always as minimal as possible, having implemented digitised processing throughout the business and the use of email correspondence in place of Royal Mail.

​We have no additional heating in our business space, relying on our products to do the work - and no air conditioning. We use energy-efficient LED lighting and have incorporated control by smartphone/tablet app or home automation.

 

​Waste management can be a challenge for small business. We have engaged with suppliers to maximise the efficient use and disposal of waste materials such as packaging and we don't print brochures or price lists any more.

 

​Clearly, it mustn't stop there and we continually review new developments to ascertain if we can usefully implement them.

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