National Gallery Company Green Statement
At the National Gallery Company Ltd we are committed to protecting and sustaining the environment through the way we work and the way we do business.
We constantly seek to improve our footprint, ensuring our products and services have minimal impact on the environment and that we maintain a high degree of ethical sourcing and trading.
We have a dedicated Green team responsible for monitoring and developing our progress on activity ranging from head office to the end consumer.
Here are some of the ways we are actively engaging and involving our key stakeholders in developing our green agenda:
We audit all our suppliers and encourage them to adopt our ethical and sustainable buying policy
- 80% of our merchandise is sourced through UK based suppliers
- 80% of our National Gallery books are produced using FSC assured paper
- 70% of our National Gallery books are produced by UK or European printers
- All our calendars are printed by a UK carbon neutral company
Our Christmas cards are produced in the UK by an FSC accredited supplier. All cards and boxes are made using fully recyclable materials and 100% bio-degradable cellulose acetate. Cello packs are made from a form of corn starch or cellulose acetate.
Our cafés use seasonal fruit and vegetables and free range eggs to help support UK farmers which reduces the impact of climate change and protects our farming heritage. Wines are also from sustainable agriculture, and we use high-welfare meat, dairy, and sustainable seafood, including caught and farmed fish and shellfish.
All disposables used in our cafés (i.e., coffee cups, bottled water, straws, wooden cutlery, and food packaging) are compostable and/or recyclable.
We encourage our customers to use their own bags, but if they do need one, we offer a variety of environmentally friendly bags
All our paper bags and packaging are100% recyclable
Our paper carrier bag is made from 40% recycled materials. All our plastic bags are made from 50% recycled materials. We charge from 10p for our plastic bags to continue our commitment to invest in the most environmentally friendly materials
We also offer competitively priced tote bags and bags for life
Recycle, Re-use, Disposal
We recycle paper, card, plastic, food waste and reuse furniture, fixtures and fittings, visual merchandise props and recycle to colleagues within the sector
We dispose of responsibly, ensuring minimum environmental impact and minimal use of landfills
Our POS and shop signage is 100% recyclable
Our cafés recycle all cooking oil and offer customers coffee grounds for their gardens
Conserving Energy and Resources
All our office paper and 90% of paper product sold in the shops is FSC assured
We only work with printers and suppliers who follow ISO 14000
Our Print on Demand printers are print and paper efficient making best use of ink and paper
Out of hours light saving systems are applied throughout our offices, shops and cafés. We only use LED and energy efficient lighting
Our warehouse delivers in tote boxes eliminating additional packaging and hold recognised carbon omissions credentials
The bottled water in our cafés comes from a supplier with carbon neutral status from planting schemes and hydroelectric projects.
We support local communities and peer organisations through donating furniture, fixtures, fittings and merchandise, as well as donating essentials to homeless charities amongst others through our café partner.
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