The Environment

We want to do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint and the impact we have on the environment as well as seek new ways to support a sustainable environment.

Axminster Electric Car

Our aim is to reuse, recycle or upcycle as much as we can and we have been operating our main office and distribution centre on a 'zero to landfill' basis since 2014. We recycle paper, magazines, polythene bags and wrappers, polystyrene, metal waste, wood waste, plastics, electrical items, chemicals and oils, batteries and light bulbs, and food waste. Read our full Waste Disposal and Recycling Code of Practice here. We are moving towards LED lighting in all areas and lighting that only comes on when someone enters the area.

In 2016 we introduced a car sharing scheme, incentivising staff to travel together, walk or cycle to work, and in so doing contribute in a small way to reducing the number of cars on the road, fuel being used and level of emissions.

We have reduced the amount of plastic in the packaging of our own products in our warehouse and have replaced this with cardboard. We shred all waste cardboard and use this instead of bubble wrap as protective packaging when we send out parcels.

As a company we're dedicated to helping ensure the future of our UK forests. We've teamed up with organisations such as The Sylva Wood Foundation and Grown in Britain to help us consider our own use of sustainable timber as well as working together to educate our customers, suppliers and communities.


As a business, Axminster Tools are passionate about woodworking and helping to build a sustainable future for the industry. In view of that, we actively seek to support the education of vital woodworking skills. We work closely with schools, colleges and universities as well as a number of charitable organisations who are equally committed to helping to bridge the education skills gap.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

In 2020 The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QEST) celebrated its 30th anniversary and in that time has awarded nearly £5million to 600 individuals working in over 130 different crafts. In 2021 Axminster Tools are sponsoring a scholar through QEST.

My QEST scholarship has allowed me to take my career in the craft of woodturning to the next level. With the help, support and funding given by QEST and my sponsor Winch Design, I will be going to work with two master woodturners, Glenn Lucas and Phil Irons, to improve my technical skill and ability. I think it is fantastic that Axminster are going to sponsor the next generation of craftspeople.

Max Bainbridge, Forest + Found.

Inspiring Talent

The Alan Peters Furniture Award

Axminster Tools were the main prize sponsor for the 2021 Alan Peters Furniture Award. The award celebrates the legacy of Alan Peters OBE, one of Britain’s most prominent furniture designer-makers of the late 20th century. The organisers aim to make the award as inclusive as possible and the 2021 award showcased relative newcomers, alongside experienced makers, as winners.

The Young Furniture Makers' Exhibition

For several years Axminster Tools have sponsored The Young Furniture Makers’ Exhibition. The annual event is organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company and features the very best furniture and furnishing design talent from around the UK. Entries come from GCSE and A level students, BA and MA graduates, and young professionals.

The exhibition celebrates the achievements of young makers and gives industry the opportunity to connect with today’s creative talent.

Beat the Boredom

Our Beat The Boredom series was developed as a resource to help teach children new skills and inspire them to become involved with woodworking. We now have a whole catalogue of projects and a space on our Knowledge Blog for young people to share their achievements..

Supply Chain

Axminster sources products from all over the world as well as supporting a number of specialist UK companies.

With over 14,000 products lines, a multitude of brands and ranges are brought together on the website and in the stores. Axminster has long been recognised as holding the most extensive range of tools, machinery, accessories and consumables in the UK.

Supply Chain

Buy British

We know that our customers want to make informed decisions about what they buy, and that they’re interested in the origin and sustainability of products. Local sourcing of products plays a part in that and, as a British retailer, we're proud to support British design and quality.

We are working with a number of UK suppliers in celebration of the nation's skills and craftsmanship, and we mark home-grown brands with the Union Flag logo to help identify which are made in the UK.

What's more we even manufacture some of our own products in our Axminster engineering facility. We take great care to sort and recycle any waste metal, old cutting tools and tips; plus waste oil is sent for safe disposal.

Ethical Trading

We believe in respecting human rights across every aspect of our operation. To ensure our products are ethically sourced, we make regular visits to our suppliers in the Far East. We have local agents in China and Taiwan who audit the suppliers we use. We are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures so we can be sure that the workforces in the factories we use in these countries are not subjected to unsafe working conditions, forced labour or human trafficking. Read our full Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act Statement here.

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