Environment & Sustainability
Company Environmental Policy
The principals of the company have been at the forefront of new developments in environmental and energy efficiency matters and have an excellent track record of awards and accolades over the last 40 years. They have featured frequently on TV and press, in particular regarding their own self built home which was regularly opened to the public on Doors Open Days as an exemplar eco-house.
Their ethos is very much that “being green does not have to mean sackcloth and ashes”. The Armadilla pods have the highest conceivable standards of luxury and yet have the lowest life cycle costs of any comparable product.
Through design, material selection, higher insulation values and advanced technology the Armadilla team have developed industry leading environmental standards that appeal to responsible hospitality providers.
We don’t do “eco bling” (sticking in some token green add on). All our products are conceived and constructed with energy efficiency and sustainability inherent throughout.
But it doesn’t stop there. We have to look at the bigger picture. What are the environmental consequences of the company’s activities?
Armadilla recognises our key impacts to be in the areas of:
+ energy use + raw material use + waste generation + transport + procurement
We will strive to:
• Adopt the highest environmental standards in all areas of operation, meeting and exceeding all relevant legislative requirements.
• Minimise waste through careful and efficient use of all materials and energy.
• Purchase sustainable products wherever feasible, particularly from FSC & PEFC suppliers
• Train employees in good environmental practice and encourage employee involvement in environmental action.
• Eliminate risks from environmental, health or safety hazards for employees and others in the vicinity of our operations.
• Adopt an environmentally sound transport strategy.
• Assist in developing solutions to environmental problems.
• Continue to develop advanced manufacturing processes to eliminate waste
• Continually assess the environmental impact of all our operations.
Armadilla and the Circular Economy
In a circular economy, waste material and products become the raw material (food) for industry, commerce and manufacturing. Effectively, waste is designed out of the system, and materials are continuously flowing through the supply chain and are retained by businesses and the economy.
“Cradle to cradle” design. This is based on the conviction that thoughtful design, mirroring the safe, renewing productivity of nature, can create products and economies that are regenerative, not just sustainable.
Materials flows in the economy are classified into two types: biological materials (e.g. food and wood based products), designed to re-enter the biosphere safely, and technical materials (e.g. metals or plastics), which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere.
The Armadilla is a product that has been designed so that it could be deconstructed at the end of its useful life and the various components reclaimed, recycled and reused.
The circular economy is gaining attention as a framework for re-orientating our industrial economy and providing a model for maintaining, and enhancing, economic growth despite the resource constraints we are facing.
The concept is being actively supported by the EU, the World Economic Forum and early adopter national economies, most notably China and northern European states. Innovative businesses are already seizing the opportunities.
The concept of a circular economy is not new; rather it is the renewal and concerted implementation of a proven concept at a time when technological, economic and policy conditions that make it an increasingly attractive proposition for governments and businesses.