At Simply Paving, we believe we have an ethical responsibility to ensure that the products we supply to you are made and sourced in such a way that minimises impact on communities and the environment.
Bradstone and Charcon have been focusing their efforts on developing sustainable solutions for well over a decade.
The journey began a decade ago, when the company took the decision to focus on and invest in developing sustainable solutions across their comprehensive range of innovative building products.
Today, their investment is reaping rewards, with Aggregate Industries involved in a number of important and influential initiatives designed to make it easy for you, the consumer, to both recognise the most sustainable materials and identify those that have been most responsibly sourced.
The Responsible Source
Chances are, you’ve heard the mention of responsible sourcing in the news recently. In straightforward terms, responsible sourcing is all about measuring and managing the specific environmental, social and economic impacts of any products, taking into account all elements including its manufacture, delivery, use, reuse and the ability for it to be recycled.
As such, you can have absolute confidence that Bradstone products have been responsibly sourced and that you’re getting the garden landscaping industry’s most sustainable and future proof solutions. You don’t just know what you’re getting – you also know where you’re getting it from.
Ethical Trading Policy
When you see the ethical trading logo, it’s your assurance that Bradstone is working harder than ever to ensure their imported natural stone products meet strict ethical criteria.
Bradstone works with global suppliers to support the principles of the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code. This is reflected in their policy and code of practice that aims to ensure that together with their suppliers, Aggregate Industries fulfil their obligations and responsibilities in order to maintain long-term benefits to all parties.
Examples of the criteria Bradstone insist their suppliers have to meet are:
- Provision of a safe and healthy workplace.
- Prohibition of child labour.
- Paying wages which meet or exceed national legal standards.
- Provision of employments rights.
- Prohibition of bonded or forced labour.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could see, at a glance, just how much carbon dioxide a product generates?
Now you can, thanks to carbon labelling, an initiative piloted by The Carbon Trust. In simple terms, the carbon footprint is the total amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases created during the life of a product from production to use and disposal.
Working with one of the industry’s most respected governing bodies, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Bradstone have developed a system that calculates the carbon footprint for any Bradstone landscaping product.
Carbon labelling not only indicates how much a company is committed to reducing carbon emissions, but the ‘footprint’ logo also enables consumers to make a more informed decision about the products they are buying.