Steelite International work closely with a number of suppliers and organisations, and are continually monitoring, developing and improving procedures to create minimum impact on the community and environment, whilst ensuring maximum efficiency and cost savings for the future sustainability of the business.
With new targets set through our Green initiative to cut wastage of raw materials, energy and water, Steelite International is determined to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
Steelite International is a member of the Green Organisation that rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world and the Staffordshire Business & Environmental Network, which aims to help local businesses reduce environmental impacts while also generating profits.
Steelite International has a dedicated, innovative approach to caring for the environment. In 2017 the business became one of only five companies in the UK to install a Lamella system for recycling clay waste. Steelite is the only tableware manufacturer to use this system.
Since its installation in 2017, the lamella machine has recycled a staggering 350 metric tonnes of clay body per year, which equates to:
- 350 tonnes of clay per year that does not need to be quarried – reducing impact on the landscape and the energy required to remove/purify it.
- 350 tonnes per year that does not need to be transported to Steelite International from Cornwall – savings on vehicle emissions and fuel.
- 350 tonnes of waste material per year that can be re-used that would otherwise have been sent to landfill – reducing landfill and the impact on the environment by saving fuel and vehicle emissions that would have been created to transport the waste.
Every year we manufacture 750,000 cups and saucers with the clay recycled through the Lamella machine.
In addition to creating clay to re-use, fewer chemicals are now required to separate waste. This has a positive effect on the environment and water discharge from the site is also purer.
The company now recycles more than 90% of manufacturing waste.