Our factory is set within a rural, conservation area straddling three shallow, chalk-bedded rivers - home to a variety of wildlife including ducks, swans, salmon, trout, water voles and otters. This area has been designated a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) within the EU framework. This environment, of which we are all very proud, represents for us our ethos to be safe, clean and protective of our environment.
The company’s Environmental Policy is subject to regular reviews to identify new opportunities to re-use, recycle and reduce waste and use of chemicals – this includes assessment of the requirements and recommendations of the Environmental Management Strategies within ISO 14001 and EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).
- We work mostly with natural yarns such as wool and jute. We use very few chemicals and, apart from water soluble, non-toxic latex, none are used in manufacturing processes.
- We ensure all our suppliers meet not just the highest quality and service standards but have environmental integrity.
- Latex effluent generation is minimal and treated prior to disposal – as regulated and monitored by the local water authority.
- All our packaging can be recycled and much is biodegradable. This includes our incoming packaging and the packaging used for delivering our carpets and rugs.
- We sort our waste into metal, wood and paper for recycling. Most of our waste is trimmed yarn which is recycled into products such as underfelt.
- Incoming packaging materials are sorted for recycling and biodegradable goods; or returned to the supplier for re-use.
- Where practicable, our bought-in materials are from recycled sources.
- We operate at the highest level of energy efficiency in our industry – as reported by the Carbon Trust. We continue to follow their advice as we upgrade and maintain our plant and buildings. ‘For the woven carpet industry, the guide indicates a best practice energy consumption of below 4.5m kWh per year when producing 200,000m2 of carpet per year, at 1.5m kWh per year, Wilton is way below this figure.’ The Carbon Trust
- Compliance with ISO 9001:2000. This incorporates environmental and health and safety issues.
- Compliance with all COSHH (Control of Substances Harmful to Health) requirements - the safety procedures and risk assessments includes environmental aspects.
- Compliance with all asbestos legislation and management requirements.
- Compliance with WEEE (Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment Directive).
- Compliance with REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals) regulations 2007.