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, that actively recycles or reuses its waste products and surpluses.
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.
Working 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 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 (Volatile Organic 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 wasted 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 the cost.
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 Printed Text.
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 catalogues.
Glowtec is an Eco-Active Company and we genuinely believe that we (and the environment) are the better for it.