Picking up the Green Baton
Benson Signs staff take the Green Message home.
For the past eight years Benson Signs has been on a bit of a Green Mission, and in that time we have achieved a huge amount.
So far, and in no particular order, we have installed four arrays of Solar PV’s to our factory roof; purchased a 100% electric van for local journeys; hugely improved the natural lighting in our factory and offices; forged ahead with the use of our cutting edge LED technology for our clients; manufactured and installed our own LED lighting for our offices and factory; saved 50% on our running costs with a more efficient compressed air system; installed a 200kw biomass heating system; upgraded our security and floodlighting to LED technology; been accredited against ISO14001; sourced all of our electricity import from 100% renewable sources; re-use or recycle just short of 98% of our waste materials; installed rain water harvesting... AND, been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard for our efforts.
Now it seems that all of our efforts are starting to rub-off on our staff, and are starting to buy into the green message, such as the purchase of new low emission hybrid cars.
This month, one of our longest serving members of staff, Sheila, replaced her beloved silver VW Beetle “Peggy” with a new, modern, hybrid Citroen DS5. Sheila says that while she sorely misses her Peggy, the thrill she gets from “free motoring” while it is in electric mode is fantastic. “I can cruise along at 30mph on the way to work, and not use a drop of fuel, which is great as it costs me absolutely nothing.”