As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we are pleased to announce a significant step forward: the implementation of a four-day working week at Bex Design & Print. 

Our factory is now completely shut down every Friday, as we aim to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a greener future. Only the office remains open for customer enquiries on Friday mornings.

This decision comes as a natural progression of our existing sustainable practices, including the use of solar panels, low-energy LED lights, heat reclamation and eco-friendly ink disposal.

Bex solar panel indicator

Benefits for the environment and our team

Previously, we opened the factory from 8am-1pm on a Friday. However, while our office remains open during this time, the factory now closes down on Thursday evening and remains inactive until Monday. 

The primary motivation of this new approach is our dedication to minimising our environmental impact. By ceasing operations for an entire day, we significantly reduce our energy consumption as all machinery remains inactive. It also decreases the number of car journeys made by our employees. 

This conscious reduction in energy consumption not only lowers our carbon footprint but also contributes to the preservation of natural resources. 

However, the benefits are not just environmental, as the shut down and four-day week offers a perk for our team members too. Giving our factory team a three-day weekend, every week, means they can enjoy a better work-life balance and come back to work every Monday feeling refreshed.

Customers can rest assured that lead times are not affected by the change. Indeed, we have been trialling the new approach since January with success before formally implementing the four-day week. 

Our commitment to sustainability

On top of the Friday shut down, our factory also incorporates numerous sustainable initiatives. In 2014, we installed solar panels on the roof and, ever since, the panels have supplied 20% of all our yearly energy requirements on average.

Additionally, our commitment to energy efficiency is evident in our use of auto-dimming low-energy LED lights throughout our factory and office, which reduce power consumption without compromising the quality of our work environment.

We have also implemented a system where the heating is ducted from one of our CNC machines, utilising waste heat and meaning we don’t need to use any additional heating. This innovative solution allows us to optimise energy usage while maintaining a comfortable and productive workspace. 

Our dedication to responsible waste management also includes eco-friendly ink disposal and an on-site chemical reclamation system, ensuring that our production processes are environmentally friendly.

Want to talk to us about how we can help you with your printing requirements while minimising your impact on the environment? Contact us today.

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