PDC is a global expert in creating ID accessories, such as lanyards and name badges, with their badge manufacturing based in Ipswich. It has joined Made in Britain’s Green Growth Programme and Alexandra Mery, product manager, describes how things have gone so far.
How integral do you see sustainable business practices to the future of your business?
We think it will become a core practice and focus point for our business as well as within our industry overall. We have been working on adapting our approaches and materials to being more sustainable and hear it more and more from our customers also. The need to change to be more sustainable is being received loud and clear and we are working hard to do what we can.
To what extent does your approach to sustainable business set you apart (in your sector)?
For the past few years, we have been exploring avenues to make our products more sustainable. This includes sourcing materials that are sustainably grown and harvested, biodegradable and also recycled materials to reuse what used to be single-use materials like recycled PET and acrylic to avoid using virgin materials. Additionally, we are developing reusable products to avoid the need to discard the product once used to disrupt the single-use culture. We have the most diverse range of eco products available and are continuing to investigate further eco-friendly product options. Further, we are tailoring our manufacturing operations to reduce energy and water consumption, where possible.
What are the advantages to doing business sustainably?
As a global organisation, it is a group intention, that we, locally as well as globally, create and leave behind a planet that future generations want to and can live in. We strive to create a working environment that makes our employees proud to work in, build brands that people want to work and collaborate with and design products that help our customers with their needs as well as being right for the environment and future generations.
How have you engaged your team members/ supply chain/ other stakeholders around the Green Growth Programme, if at all?
At present we have not done this yet. But we are actively working on ways to engage our team and supply chain in the programme.
What advice would you give to Made in Britain members as they progress on their sustainability journeys?
That every step taken on this journey is a step in the right direction. This is not a one company problem and hence cannot be a one-company solution. We all need to work together to make things better and the Green Growth Initiative is a great way to join in on this journey
If you would like your business to join the Green Growth Programme, the journey starts here: https://green.madeinbritain.org/
For more information about PDC, see the company’s member profile page here.