Building A Sustainable Future
It’s our vision to create a global woodworking community so we all have a place to share our passion for making and creating. With that comes a responsibility to ensure that building our community doesn’t come at the expense of the environment.
As a retailer delivering worldwide, it can be hard to measure our impact. To help us on our journey we’ve partnered with Planet Mark, a sustainability certification that works with organisations to empower their people to build a brighter future. We became Planet Mark certified in 2022 by sharing our carbon footprint report. With each year of certification with Planet Mark, we support the Asháninka people in protecting an acre of rainforest.
Our aim is to reduce our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by at least 5% each year and we have already taken some great steps towards our goal. We manufacture an increasing number of products at HQ, bringing manufacturing back from overseas in many cases. We’re working to eliminate single use plastic in our packaging and we’ve been operating on a zero to landfill basis since 2014. Furthermore, we switched our energy supplier so that the energy we use is 100% renewable.
As a company we're dedicated to helping ensure the future of our UK forests. We've teamed up with The Sylva Wood Foundation to help us consider our own use of sustainable timber as well as working together to educate our customers, suppliers and communities.
We are working towards certification of our scope 3 emissions so that we can begin to build a strategy to reduce our carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. We’re also investigating ways in which we can remove carbon from the atmosphere. In the meantime our dedicated Environmental Committee continues to audit our processes and find ways to improve.
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.
If you are part of an educational setting and you, like us, are keen to support the next generation of makers then we would love to hear from you.