Sustainable British Manufacturing

Sustainable British manufacturing for us is the safe production of our products through economically and environmentally sound processes, using ethically sourced materials with print and production techniques that minimise negative impacts while conserving natural resources and energy.

ABOUT US

Our Commitment as Sustainable British Manufacturers

There is no standard definition of sustainable manufacturing. Sustainable British manufacturing for us is the safe production of our products through economically and environmentally sound processes, using ethically sourced materials with print and production techniques that minimise negative impacts while conserving natural resources and energy. Sustainable manufacturing also provides benefit to our employees and the wider community and ensures product safety for our customers.

Our Factory

We minimise the waste we produce and recycle what we can wherever possible. We will prefer the use of materials where all manufacturing waste has a secondary use or will be recycled, such as products made from aluminium, steel and wood. We have reduced our paper usage by approx 75% in the last 2 years and will continue to develop our internal technology to run our factory as paper free as possible.

Our Products

We ensure our products are safe and fit for purpose. We comply with REACH and all other regulations relating to the safety of what we make. Our company is ISO9001 quality certified and we will ensure that the systems and processes are in place so that the product you receive is what you expect.

Our Packaging

We minimise the waste we produce and recycle what we can wherever possible. We will prefer the use of materials where all manufacturing waste has a secondary use or will be recycled, such as products made from aluminium, steel and wood. We have reduced our paper usage by approx 75% in the last 2 years and will continue to develop our internal technology to run our factory as paper free as possible.

SUSTAINABLE

Our Materials

Wood

We work with oak, cherry, maple and walnut woods - they provide a nice spectrum of natural wood tones to choose from, from the very light (maple) to the darker, more chocolate brown (walnut).

Each wood type may have small inconsistencies i.e. lighter spots (sapwood) and/or darker spots (burl or crotch) and also different grain structures, ranging from wider open grain (oak) to more closed, smoother grains (cherry, maple). These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of each piece of wood and add greatly to the individuality and uniqueness of the finished product which is why our customers love it and will always choose it over more uniform man-made materials.

Wood is inherently renewable and sustainable if properly sourced and managed and we only use wood from these fully certified sustainable supplies. Wood also has a lighter carbon footprint than almost all synthetic materials and, as a natural organic material, can be easily recycled or naturally decompose over time with no harm to ecosystems or the environment.

Acrylic

Designed to create a future circular economy for the prevention of acrylic plastic waste ending up in landfill, Greencast® acrylic is produced from 100% recycled acrylic and is 100% recyclable at the end of its useful life.

Unlike other techniques which depend upon melting the plastic down and then re-casting it into a new form, which degrades the quality of the material limiting the number of times this can be done, the production of Greencast® acrylic uses a proprietary process which allows for the recovery of the original solvent (PMMA). This solvent is a durable, noble plastic which is reused to produce new acrylic sheets.

The benefit of this process is that recycled clear transparent acrylic has the same quality as new virgin acrylic, but more importantly it can be recycled, countless times, without ever losing its all important properties. An additional positive is this process also reduces water consumption and carbon emissions at the point of manufacture while being VOC and HFC free.

Aluminium

Aluminium is an amazing material as it is infinitely recyclable and can be reformed endlessly whilst retaining its material properties indefinitely. All of the aluminium we use in our products has recycled content and it’s one of the most sustainable materials on the market today.

In addition, our zero-waste manufacturing processes allow for the collection of all unused ‘offcuts’ of aluminium for recycling as well. Recycling aluminium saves about 90% of the energy it takes to make new aluminium as well as helping to reduce the demand for mining the bauxite ore needed to produce new aluminium.

Due to a combination of the wide and varied applications for aluminium, the commercial and domestic infrastructure to recycle aluminium is continually growing and increased public awareness of it’s sustainable credentials means aluminium has become a very attractive and popular material choice.

Bamboo

This attractive material is our most eco friendly.

• All MOSO® material is made in production facilities that are ISO 9001 quality and ISO 14001 environmental third party certified and comply with the most stringent international standards.
• All adhesives used by MOSO® easily meet the very strict E1 class following the EN717 standard with respect to formaldehyde emissions and all MOSO®’s solid bamboo materials are proven and certified to be carbon neutral or better over their full life cycle.

MOSO® bamboo combines all of the virtues of hardwoods with the immense growing capacity of the highly renewable giant MOSO® bamboo species and can therefore act as a green carbon negative alternative material. MOSO® bamboo is one of the quickest growing plants in the world and can grow up to 50 cm a day before reaching a height of twenty metres. After maturing over four to five years it’s cut down, but amazingly the act of cutting down mature cane stimulates the plant to grow more canes. The result is the plant itself never needs to be dug up and so retains any carbon captured.

HOW WE DO IT

Inside Our Factory

British Made Domed Metal Promo Badges

We were asked to produce some badges for the BPMA for an important event and this is how we did it.

Sustainable British Manufacturing

A unique British manufacturer’s initiative directly supporting environmental projects from the sale of factory waste materials, the reuse or recycling of key parts from our British made products and the promotion of changing to more sustainable natural materials. From explaining to you how your product choices can make a real difference, in 2022 we aim to plant over 20,000 trees and offset over 100 tonnes of carbon with your help. No loss in quality, no additional cost to you, no increased lead times, just environmental benefits from informed decision making.

British Made Gifts

We minimise the waste we produce and recycle what we can wherever possible. We will prefer the use of materials where all manufacturing waste has a secondary use or will be recycled.

British Made Button Badges

We minimise the waste we produce and recycle what we can wherever possible. We will prefer the use of materials where all manufacturing waste has a secondary use or will be recycled.

About Us

We minimise the waste we produce and recycle what we can wherever possible. We will prefer the use of materials where all manufacturing waste has a secondary use or will be recycled.

HOW DID WE DO?

Testimonials

JAMIE MARSHALL

Premier Print & Promotions Ltd

"Made in the UK, made with care & attention (even a little love), lovely people, creative, innovative and all with a smile and a thank you. WCM&A Ltd received the best feedback from my staff ever achieved by a supplier."

GAVIN FAULKNER

Creative Emporium

"I have worked with WCMA for over 10 years and year on year they continue to be our preferred manufacturer for corporate and promotional badges across all our business units. Top tier customer service coupled with invaluable knowledge of this sector ensures that we are continually offering the best products to meet our client’s requirements in terms of budget and quality."

JAKE SCOTT-PAUL

Soopa Doopa Branding Ltd

"Soopa Doopa have worked with WCM&A Ltd for 6 years now. A great UK manufacturing company to deal with due to their excellent customer service, quality innovative products, short lead times and friendly staff. I would have no hesitation in recommending WCM&A Ltd to anyone in the industry as nothing is too much trouble, which in turn helps us to go the extra mile for our customers."n

WHY WORK WITH US?

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