We were very proud to represent Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens at the Sheffield Business Awards last night, at a ceremony hosted by the Sheffield of Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We were finalists again, in the category “Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility”.
To be shortlisted again alongside some amazing businesses across the Sheffield region is a huge honour. We’re often asked about our approach to sustainability, and what makes us so sustainable. Our approach has three strands:
We source materials sustainably. We use materials with a high-recycled content. Our core kitchen base units are made from a special particleboard produced from 100% recycled timber and we incorporate other recycled or reclaimed materials into our designs. Many of our clients choose recycled glass or recycled paper worktops, or feature shelving made from beautiful reclaimed lab-bench hardwoods. By choosing these products, you are giving new life to great materials. Ethical supply chains are important to us. We use a lot of local timber. It is beautiful and hardwearing, as well as unique. We know the source, so we know can be sure it has sustainable credentials and because it is locally-sourced, it comes with low transport miles. We also choose FSC or PEFC Certified timber, so we can be confident we are choosing ethically sourced materials.
Our kitchens are all carefully-designed, consisting of solid, high-quality ingredients and are designed to last. We have over 70 years of combined industry experience, which gives our kitchens that extra level of quality craftsmanship, as well as a beautiful finish.
The result is a durable kitchen, designed to meet your needs for many years. We support this with our unrivalled aftercare service, which maximises your kitchen’s lifespan. A long lasting kitchen is a sustainable one.
The business was founded upon strong values of honesty, integrity and sustainability. Whether it’s in our business practices, in our thinking practices, in our relationship with the community or as a responsible employer, we are driven by our ethics. We use green electricity, bank with the ethical bank Triodos, and recycle as much as we can, from composting our office coffee grounds, to re-homing our workshop sawdust with the animals at Graves Park Farm. Two thirds of our vehicle fleet is electric and this will increase in the next 12 months. We are committed to being fully electric within 18 months. We encourage our team to walk, cycle or lift-share and we are active community litter-pickers. Supporting the local economy is important to us. We source materials and services locally wherever possible and champion the fantastic independent small businesses that we are so lucky to have on our doorstep. We also champion sustainable practices within the business community.
Our small and friendly team encourages each other to be supportive and nurturing, as well as collaborative. We push ourselves to go the extra mile knowing that we have the support of the rest of the team behind us. All this results in the thought, energy and passion that we put into making your kitchen. Basically, we care.
We take pride in our work and we strive to do our best. There is a reason why we are an award-winning small business. We strive to innovate for sustainability. If you have any suggestions for further improvement, we welcome them!