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Roman's Green Facts and Information

Roman is committed to caring for the environment and as a reflection of this commitment became fully accredited with ISO 14001 certification in 2009. The company has three core environmental objectives:

  • Reduce energy consumed as a direct proportion of business activity.
  • Increase the proportion of recycled waste.
  • Reduce and eliminate any harmful emissions, discharges or pollutants generated by the business activity.

In line with these objectives we are continually looking for other ways to reduce the business impact on the environment. Our overall company CO2 reduction since 2009 is 31%.


Manufacturing Process:

All waste is segregated into recyclables and non-recyclables. In order to minimise what would normally be sent to landfill we now endeavour to recycle anything that possibly can be.

  • Wood pallets are collected each week and are taken away to be made into chips and used for a variety of uses.
  • Our waste glass is sent to be recycled along with other raw materials and formed into new glass packaging such as wine bottles & sauce jars. (Roman recycled 90 tonnes in 2015)
  • Aluminium is collected and taken to a treatment plant, where it is sorted and cleaned ready for reprocessing. (Roman recycled 34 tonnes in 2015)
  • Our cardboard is recycled and is usually made into new boxes and packaging but can also be turned into new products such as office paper, newspapers, books and magazines. (Roman recycled 200 tonnes in 2015)
  • All brochures and marketing material are created on paper sourced from sustainable forests (FSC)

Due to our proactive approach, 93% of all waste is recycled - landfill reduced to 7% of total waste generated.

We use methylene chloride in the manufacture of shower trays and now have the capability of re-using what would normally be hazardous waste by filtering all of the used chloride which in turn will be then continuously recycled back into the process.

The CNC Machine we use for Solid Surface Fabrication incorporates an extraction system which collects all the Solid Surface swarf to ensure it is not wasted, so it can all be recycled.


Future Ideas:

Wherever possible we will investigate the potential of new green technologies and equipment which could be used to reduce our carbon footprint. Currently projects we are investigating are:

  • We are investing £20,000 in new, factory wide, lighting factory system. This 'smart' lighting will automatically dim when it is bright outside to reduce energy used.
  • Adding solar panels to generate energy to run the factory.
  • Energy saving and energy efficient wood waste disposal system. Wood biomass boilers and warm air heaters have the added benefit of transforming a waste product into a source of heat.

Vehicles:

  • From 2016 we have replaced all vehicles with Euro 5/6 compliance engine vehicles
  • The company car policy has been reviewed so that only vehicles with less than 125 grams of CO2's per Kilometre can be used in the fleet.
  • All company drivers have completed Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) to help them become fuel efficient drivers.

Product Components, Design and Packaging:

Environmental responsibility begins at the design process. It is important that we evaluate the impact on the environment of the materials used during the design and development of new products. Wherever possible the design process will take into consideration materials that are environmentally friendly. As a further commitment within the ISO14001 policy we will endeavour to ensure the carbon footprint of all our products is kept to an absolute minimum.

Only corrugated cardboard is used to pack products - the use of plastic wrappings has been completely eliminated.

All our moulds for shower trays and wetroom floors are made from Epoxy board which makes them completely recyclable thus eliminating the extensive use of materials used traditionally in mould making which would be much more difficult to re-cycle.

During the selection of supply partners for raw materials used in the product the selection process is based around whether the supplier is environmentally conscious. We ask for the following details from suppliers as part of the tender process:

  • A signed and dated copy of their Corporate Environmental Policy
  • A list of the most significant environmental impacts of their production process
  • Steps they have taken to reduce their environmental impact
  • What they recover from their production process for recycling
  • Recycled products their company purchases for use in production
  • How they dispose of packaging, waste and surplus material
  • What steps they have taken to improve environmental performance that year

Products:

Roman has developed a glass protection system, Ultra Care, which is designed to build up a barrier to protect bathroom surfaces from the build-up of grime, limescale and stains. It acts as a gentle cleaner maintaining a protective barrier - meaning water glides off the glass with ease so you can eliminate the use of harsh chemicals in the bathroom.


Circular Economy:

The Circular Economy may be about to drive the biggest transformation in business since the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago.

Historically major world economies have traded under a linear economy strategy. Political thinking is now driving Industries to trade under a circular economy strategy. In December 2015, the European Commission supported by National Governments including the UK, approved a new strategy and action plan for Circular Economy.

A desire for a Green Economy that will see the introduction of new Industries, providing secondary raw materials, job creation and the manufacturing base moving to incorporating efficiency measures at the design stage, are key components to meet the needs of an ever expanding population, rising standards of living and ensuring the availability of resource for future generations.

Roman is currently working with all suppliers to maximise the use of recycled materials.


RECYCLING YOUR PRODUCT

Packaging

As an ISO14001 Registered Company, Roman takes recycling very seriously at all levels. All cardboard is already manufactured from recycled paper, but our packaging itself is designed for recycling. Please ensure that the cardboard packaging is taken to a local cardboard recycling point or to a local recycling depot.

End of Life (EOL)

EOF recycling is taken into account from the initial design stages to ensure all aspects of the Roman products can be recycled for future use. The Aluminium, Brass Alloys, Glass (and Solid Surface Material with Roman Stone Trays) can be easily recycled at your local Licensed Recycling Centre (LRC). If you are unable to access an LRC, then Roman can arrange to coordinate a pick-up of your product for a modest transport charge.

Environment Audits:

Our Environment Manager is happy to provide any further environment data required, please see contact details below:

Ian Simpson
Environment Manager
Phone: +44 (0) 1325 311318
Email: i.simpson@roman-showers.com