Building A Sustainable Future
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.