65 Marlborough Road
Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3LL

Environmental Policy

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With the now nearly universally accepted urgency about global warming, the issue of destructive human activities and their impact on the world around us has become ever more topical. However, all this is hardly new. Many of us have been aware of these issues, and their interrelated nature, for many years and tried our best to act accordingly.

Over the years, Sue and I have supported organisations and participated in a number of initiatives ranging from alternative energy projects, early recycling campaigns, third world development projects, campaigns for social justice and civil liberty issues, and supported basic human rights and freedom of the individual and fair trade. We have always seen this as a basis for a just society and environmental balance.

There are great forces at work, but we strongly believe that small things make a big difference, and that everyone can make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of our environment and the social conditions around us. It is not always easy, never perfect, often uncertain which compromise is acceptable or not, but it is the only way forward.

We have never made this into a formal policy but we believe that, with the urgency of these issues today, the time has now come to make this official for our business.

Our basic principles
• To minimise the negative impact of our business on the environment. 
• To choose suppliers who offer services and goods which have the least negative impact on the environment and society at large. 
• To choose production processes with the least negative impact on the environment and society at large. 
• To consider the effect of our actions on others.
• To act in socially responsible manner.

CTD Environmental policy

We recognise that, as any business, we impact on the environment through our consumption of energy, use of raw materials and production of waste.
However, we are committed to act in environmentally responsible ways and to continue improving our own environmental performance. 

In particular, we are committed to minimise our environmental impact by:
• Dealing responsibly with our waste and recycling as much as possible
• Supporting the use of environmentally responsible materials and technologies. 
• Using resources efficiently and responsibly. 
• Reducing our energy use as effectively as possible and obtaining our energy supplies through renewable sources.
• Promoting a purchasing policy which gives preference to suppliers who share our commitment to the environment. 
• Communicating our policies clearly to our clients and suppliers. 
• Using environmentally acceptable office fittings.

What we already do

• We recycle as many materials as possible, including all paper and cardboard, and plastic and ink/toner cartridges.
• We compost all organic waste.
• We discuss environmental issues during staff meetings.

Energy use
• We buy energy from renewable sources.
• We use energy-saving light bulbs or low-wattage halogen lights where possible.
• We switch off all appliances when not in use.
• We use of energy efficiency A-rated appliances whenever possible.

• We minimise business car use.
• We combine deliveries whenever possible to minimise supply mileage.

Purchasing policy
• We favour environmentally sound materials and processes. 
• We take into account the production processes of our suppliers, in particular our printers. 
• We evaluate the environmental credentials of paper and other supplies.

Client policy
• We recommend environmentally smart resource and production options to our clients.
• We advise on production methods with minimum environmental impact.
• We specify environmentally appropriate materials for our projects.

What we are committed to do

We endeavour to improve our environmental performance by: 
• Raising awareness. 
• Listening to our clients and expert opinions in the field. 
• Supporting sustainable development through affiliated bodies.
• Asking our key suppliers for sustainably sourced materials and processes.
• Meeting our statutory environmental obligations. 
• Monitoring our environmental performance.