Ivybridge-based Bandvulc has been recognised at this year’s Western Morning News Business Awards after being selected as a finalist for the Environmental and Sustainability Award
A finalist’s trophy was presented to Bandvulc’s team during an exclusive awards ceremony in Exeter, which celebrates innovative businesses from across Devon and Cornwall. To be in with a chance of winning the Environmental and Sustainability Award, judges sought out companies that were working to achieve an environmentally conscious operation. The businesses also needed to demonstrate that they had steps in place to reduce carbon emissions, implement sustainable working and maximise energy efficiency.
As part of its submission, Bandvulc was able to highlight its department-wide ‘zero to landfill’ policy, as well as its ability to save 30kg of rubber, 20kg of steel and 60kg of CO2 on every retreaded tyre it produces.
Bandvulc has also reduced the number of solvents it uses, in favour of water-based products. Plans are being drawn up to add to the existing solar technology, which already contributes to powering the site and machinery. Employees are encouraged to take waste materials, such as disused wooden pallets, home for use in DIY projects.
Justin Holloway, Quality and Environmental Manager at Bandvulc, said: “We’re delighted to have made it as a finalist against stiff competition from a number of similarly innovative companies. The whole business of retreading is based upon the recycling of tyre casings, so we are passionate advocates for sustainable business practices. Although we didn’t take the top prize, our position as a finalist is still a result of lots of hard work by every Bandvulc employee to embrace and deliver against our environmentally focused policies, and we’re all proud to have been recognised locally for our efforts”.
The Western Morning News Business Awards allow companies from across the South West to showcase their success, while also recognising businesses that play a key role in driving forward the region’s economy. This year saw 12 awards handed out for a variety of categories, including Business Person of the Year, Start-up Business of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award.