At Rachel Trevor Morgan we are aware of the importance of an environmental policy, and the effect our activities may have on the environment. We have therefore endeavoured to reduce our impact on the environment in the following areas:
To utilise raw materials and processes which make minimum demands on the environment, and which produce minimum waste. We source most of our materials from UK suppliers, and tend to buy basic fabrics and manipulate them for each individual order we make. Each of my suppliers use reliable sources for their raw materials when buying from abroad and the Far East. We try to buy our goods and materials in bulk to cut down on transportation.
To carry out our manufacturing using environmentally-friendly materials and equipment, which are energy efficient and produce minimal harmful waste when disposed of. We generally use water-based stiffener, where possible, during the manufacture of the hats, and due to the nature of our hats, they are put together by hand and hand-stitched. For dyeing the straws and materials we use water-based dyes, and operate on a very small scale.
Waste & Recycling:
To minimise the waste produced through the business activities, we look for innovative ways to recycle waste material. We recycle our rubbish, which is mainly paper and cardboard packaging. Fabric waste is minimal. Because of the nature of our business we try to use any spare piece of fabric in our hats. We also give cotton reels and fabric scraps to primary schools, and we often donate materials and scraps to homeless projects and craft projects.
To reduce the demand on energy resources from our activities, we switch off and unplug appliances after using them. We do not have central heating but use some heaters where necessary during the winter.
Transport & Distribution:
To utilise efficient distribution and transport systems for goods and employees. There are no vehicles attached to the business, and we use dedicated couriers for shipping and our small amount of mail order distribution. 95% of our clients pick up goods direct from our showroom and come to appointments here. Most of our business dealings are around central London and easily reached on foot or public transport.