The Flexpress Environmental Policy

Introduction and strategy

Flexpress is a private limited company based in Leicestershire at Coal Cart Road, Birstall.

Our main activity is the production of printed materials primarily for other graphics professionals. To achieve this, we use a variety of different materials, digital and lithographic printing processes and finishing operations.

We recognise that our operations have the potential to negatively impact on our environment so our aim is to minimise this as much as possible. We will continue to work to reduce the environmental impacts of our business and operate in an environmentally responsible manner.

The key points of the Company’s strategy to achieve this are:

  • Integrating the consideration of environmental concerns and impacts into all our decision making and activities.
  • Promoting environmental awareness among our employees and encourage them to work in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Meeting or exceeding all environmental legislation that applies to our Company. In particular to use, handle, transport, store and dispose of potentially environmentally damaging materials within the appropriate legislation and codes of practice.
  • Minimising waste by evaluating operations to ensure they are as efficient as possible.
  • Encouraging efficient use of materials and resources through our facility including water, electricity, raw materials and other resources, particularly those that are non-renewable.
  • Promoting the recycling of our materials wherever possible; this includes waste paper, aluminium printing plates and plastics.
  • Using environmentally accredited materials whenever and wherever possible.
  • Avoiding unnecessary use of hazardous materials and products, seeking substitutions where feasible, and taking all reasonable steps to protect human health and the environment when such materials have to be used, stored and disposed of.
  • Striving to continually improve our environmental performance.

Responsibility

This environmental policy applies to all our operations. Steve Wenlock, Managing Director is responsible for ensuring this policy is implemented. However all employees have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of the policy are met.

2020 to date

As a result of Coronavirus, our investment in environmental initiatives has had to be scaled back a little. Nevertheless we have continued to improve our environmental performance:

  • Reduced our electricity consumption in comparison to turnover by 8%.
  • Changed one of our vehicles for an all-electric model.
  • Replaced a further 5% of of our lighting with LED alternatives
  • Installed motion activated lighting in washrooms, kitchen and corridors
  • Switched to a starch based void fill for packaging

Targets

To continue to achieve our aims we have set the following targets for 2019 and 2020:

  • To move 21,000 more Kwh per annum of electricity to renewable sources (and investigate the possibility of Solar PV panels to achieve this).
  • To install energy efficient LED lighting throughout the business
  • To reduce materials wastage by at least 1%
  • To reduce the number of vehicles we operate by 2
  • To inform all our customers and suppliers of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact by 30th June 2021

Resources

We will ensure that necessary resources are available to enable us to achieve our targets.

Monitoring and auditing

Progress against these targets will be monitored at monthly management meetings.

Communication

This Environmental Policy is publicly available on the company website www.flexpress.co.uk/the-flexpress-environmental-policy

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Quick note to acknowledge receipt of the booklets yesterday, and to say that I'm absolutely delighted with the result - once again, a superb service from Flexpress! I've forwarded your invoice to our finance department with a request that they cough up as soon as possible (they are usually fairly good).

Ian Miller,
February 2021
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Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks for all your help getting our panels sorted for the Pub17 show. I've been very impressed with the design and I wouldn't hesitate to use Flexpress again in the future.

Alec Vjestica,
17th January 2017
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Just a quick note to say thank you and well done to you and the rest of the crew at Flexpress on the urgent 12pp landscape job you have just produced.
Quality was spot on and, as it was ready sooner than expected, allowed us to make better use of our own transport.

Bob Miller,
21st November 2018
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Can I thank you all at Flexpress for your fantastic service and printed materials this year for (my company), for Leicester Art Week and for my friend, Jane. I know Jane has found your support invaluable (and has probably saved her sanity!)

Lucy Phillips,
2nd December 2016
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Thank you the handbook was excellent. A top class job and we are all happy

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March 2017
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