03/01/2011 - Environmental Policy
BIBLIOPHILE BOOKS LTD
a small privately owned bookselling business based in East London, recognises its responsibilities and impact
on the environment and the community in its role as a local business, employer,
service industry provider and consumer.
We regularly review
our environmental impact and follow best practices which make commercial sense.
nature of our business is one of recycling in its very essence. Directly due to publishers overprinting books,
we buy remaining stock in order that books are not pulped. By selling these books at vastly reduced
prices we are able to find them a happy home.
In our 31 year history Bibliophile Books has never pulped a book. From
the premises in East London we fulfil book
orders by picking, packing and despatching.
- Waste and Recycling Our working practices include recycling
publisher's boxes and buying in recycled boxes in addition which are plain and
not overprinted. We rent two large refuse
containers and staff is instructed to recycle any waste after sorting using the
green bins. Paper is shredded in an industrial shredder and used as filler for
the book parcels.
advertising material is in the form of a newspaper style catalogue printed on
100% recycled paper, environmentally sourced by our printers. We control our mailing list and routinely
prune out non-buyers, deceased and gone away addresses in order that the fewest
possible catalogues are printed. These are then despatched on a 7-10 day
service in bulk, never priority as this has an inherent additional
and more company correspondence and paperwork is sent by e-mail rather than
printed letter. In terms of output, we
print receipt notes to enclose in the book parcels making a combined statement
of the financial transaction and order details so as to avoid posting a second
pallets from book deliveries are recycled or sold in the local industrial estate.
- Onsite Energy Usage We operate a “Turn Off” policy: energy is
managed by only switching on lights as marked by a colour coded system. At
night computers are powered down. The building is monitored for consumption of
gas and heated only as and when the staff require by central heating or space
heater. This way we can control hours of heating and changes in weather and
find it an efficient way to heat the space.
- Transport The Company owns no commercial vehicles. Collect Plus is a new service we were among
the first to adopt whereby a customer may choose to collect the package from a
local nominated shop resulting in fewer
wasted delivery journeys. For deliveries of our goods we use Royal Mail and
agree with their environmental policies and use Yodel (formerly HDNL)
for our heavier parcels to consolidate packages to UK locations for bulk despatch. We
offer no overnight or 24 hour service which reduces the use of half empty vans.
have few customers abroad and therefore have minimum impact from
airline transportation in operating the business. Many of our books are
imported from the USA and Canada and this
is done by consolidation and the final 25 or so miles from our freight
forwarder to our warehouse is by lorry load at a time.
of our staff have to travel more than five miles to work since we employ local
people, four of whom travel by car and the other 10 either walk or use public transport.
- Health & Safety We regularly have Health and Safety
checks, maintain a clean working environment and routinely maintain our
forklift truck, other machinery and computers.
Purpose and Scope
Statement makes clear to all concerned that we are committed to the highest of
environmental standards mindful that this is a challenge for every size of business.
Each member of
staff must play their part as appropriate and be guided by the Directorship.
Director, Bibliophile Books