New Members of Sustainable Development Charter
As product designers, we are constantly aware of our surroundings and our responsibility to the environment. When we create new designs at ITERATE, we actively employ techniques to ensure that our products can be disassembled by avoiding use of glues and other permanent joining methods. In cases where we use plastic, we design-in identification symbols, allowing the material to be recycled after its life-in-service. As well as aiming to reduce the number of parts and subsequently material required to build a product.
To show our commitment to the environment, we have become members of the Sustainable Development Charter (SDC), helping us to embed this environmentally conscious approach in to the way we run our business. SDC is a Welsh Government initiative that encourages organisations to become more sustainable by helping them to make decisions that produce long-term outcomes for themselves and for the future of Wales. Over 200 pioneering organisations have displayed their commitment to sustainable development by signing the Charter and are creating momentum for positive change. Signatories have come in all shapes and sizes, and hail from a variety of sectors that include: multi-nationals, public sector organisations, voluntary groups and a number of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
At ITERATE, we have implemented a range of strategies to help reduce the carbon footprint of running our business. Some of these include simple changes to the way we work, such as offering our customers the facility to meet with us using video conferencing rather than face-to-face meetings, which often involve miles of travel. A more recent policy is to encourage employees to walk to work or car share – we are even considering the possibility of purchasing an office bike that can be used to pop out for the lunchtime round of sandwiches.