At the Aquacut Limited Group, climate was put on the agenda years ago and the group has since been committed to reducing emissions and waste. Each of the group’s three divisions; Aquacut Fabrication, Tilers Tools and Babilonia, have been taking steps aimed to make a positive difference to the planet, their customers and their running costs.
Substantial capital has been invested in an intelligent solar array system to maximise the use of green power. Energy from our numerous 25kW solar panels is stored in large batteries and then distributed throughout the warehouse, workshops, and offices.
“At the time of writing this article, at 13:30 hours on an overcast day in early July,” the company says, “we are generating 14kW of power from our solar panels, 7kWs being used in the factory and the remaining surplus is used to charge the batteries”. The power in the batteries will be used when the sun goes down. All lighting has been switched to LEDs throughout the company’s premises and night storage heaters are used which are mainly powered by green electricity. All the forklift trucks are battery powered and again are recharged overnight, substantially from green electricity.
The company employs an experienced team of craftsmen who work by hand, reducing the time needed on industrial machinery and conserving energy. Workload on industrial machinery is planned to optimise production times to minimise energy consumption, the company says, and product waste is reduced through remanufacturing, reuse, and recycling. Where the company does need to discard waste into skips, its partners advise the bulk of the waste is recycled. It has a separate skip for timber waste which is totally recycled. Waste carboard is processed to create packaging material for the parcels sent to customers. The company’s water waste, monitored by United Utilities, is filtered and recycled where possible. Its production rooms can be individually heated and lit, using energy only where necessary.
Tilers Tools says it has been actively seeking products manufactured using recycled materials or containing eco-friendly components. These include the Fuga-Pave system formulated for landscaping professionals, suitable for use when installing porcelain, natural stone, cementitious flags, cobbles, or any external installation. The system is said to be up to 60% more eco-friendly compared to traditional landscape installation systems on the market. Tilers Tools also offers a range of eco-friendly external cleaning solutions for removing substances from hard surfaces such as oil, grease, rust, grout haze, algae, and ground in dirt. Finally, the division sources packaging and alternative materials wherever possible across its range of consumables.
Babilonia is the group’s most recent division, which was established to source and manufacture garden products designed to enhance outdoor living. The range includes pergolas and gazebos, outdoor kitchens, heating, lighting, furniture, planters, spas, and pools. All of its products are made to order, and many are bespoke. The team at Babilonia says it’s dedicated to sourcing environmentally friendly outdoor products and materials.
The executive chair has been driving a 100% electric car for over six years, cars in the group’s fleet are hybrids and the group has adopted a sustainable business travel policy for all staff by replacing face to face meetings with virtual meetings wherever possible. All staff are encouraged to play a role in the company’s environmental strategy by making sustainable decisions both at work and at home.
“We only have one planet, and the Aquacut Group are doing what we can to help tackle the climate emergency and we are optimistic about what businesses can achieve when we put our minds to it,” the company says.