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Design & Manufacture

Sustainable Design

Sustainability is at the core of every product designed by Gaelite, we build this in to our designs by following the philosophy of Eco Design. With Eco Design we look at all stages of the signs life such as Sourcing, Manufacture, Distribution, Use and Recovery.

The benefits of Eco Design

  • Higher Quality Products: Eco Design products are more versatile and are manufactured with longer lasting materials.

  • More Efficient Production: We save energy and require fewer natural resources and raw materials.

  • Fewer Emissions: They consume less energy during manufacture for lower CO2 Emissions.

  • More Sustainable Industries: Suppliers benefit from our innovation and become more committed to the environment.

  • Happier Customers: Our partners needs are met with more attractive products that satisfy an increasingly demanding public.

  • Market Differentiation: Sustainable products have added value that gives them a competitive edge.

Manufacturing for Life

Strategically signage is pivotal in representing your brand’s identity and connecting with consumers. We design our signage to last for the maximum possible duration in order to ensure your brand is presented with consistency over the expected life of the sign.

We design and manufacture our signage using a myriad of techniques to achieve a sustainable product life, for example within large signs such as Totems we galvanise the steel frame used in the sign. Galvanizing is a corrosion protection process for steel, in which the steel is coated with zinc to prevent it from rusting.

The galvanizing process uses natural resources considerately to ensure a relatively low environmental burden. Whether it’s re-galvanizing, removal or reuse, galvanized steel is easily recycled.

What’s more, it can also be recycled with steel scrap. Galvanizing protects against corrosion and prolongs the life of steel, greatly lowering the environmental and economic cost.

The initial investment of using galvanized steel for long-term protection in construction can provide cost benefits for decades.

Unlike a paint coating, the metallurgical bond that is formed through galvanizing becomes part of the steel itself and is not merely a chemical or mechanical bond. Lack of attention to optimal corrosion protection can leave a damaging environmental and safety legacy.

Offices, Plant & Warehouse

Gaelite are placing a premium on sustainability and, as a result, are beginning to see a number of benefits, including the establishment of a healthier work environment and better overall energy efficiency and higher cost savings.

Our design scope is to create spaces that are efficient and flexible. The space is designed to be a source of employee pride. The goal was to create an environment that encouraged employees and visitors to stay and linger and inspire tenants to come out of their offices to collaborate, meet and socialize.

Over the last number of years we have implemented a large number of sustainability initiatives within our offices, plants and warehouse such as:

Waste Management

As the push for sustainable business practices continues to grow stronger, our warehouses are adopting “green” initiatives.

Gaelite has been practicing sustainable business practices, led by the guiding rules of Lean. The benefits range from positive environmental impacts to substantial cost savings.

Here are a few of the ways we have brought green warehousing practices to our facilities…

We ‘Waste Mapped’ all our processes and identified all the waste streams associated with our products and how these wastes were being managed. For all our waste streams we identified companies to assist us in the recycling of the waste particularly for some of our specialist materials which did not have readily identifiable means of recycling.

We have introduced dedicated recycling areas in all our facilities to provide our employees with clear methods of managing our waste outputs.

We engaged with and then trained all our employees on the management of the waste streams to ensure they was clear understanding why we are following this path and how it needs to be done to ensure we don’t cross contaminate our waste.

  • We ‘Waste Mapped’ all our processes and identified all the waste streams associated with our products and how these wastes were being managed. For all our waste streams we identified companies to assist us in the recycling of the waste particularly for some of our specialist materials which did not have readily identifiable means of recycling.
  • We have introduced dedicated recycling areas in all our facilities to provide our employees with clear methods of managing our waste outputs.
  • We engaged with and then trained all our employees on the management of the waste streams to ensure they was clear understanding why we are following this path and how it needs to be done to ensure we don’t cross contaminate our waste.

Office Space

Within our offices we have introduced a number of schemes to reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainability.

  • We will be fully paperless by 2022 having already reduced our consumption by 80%.
  • A hybrid working model to reduce unnecessary travel by our team has been introduced.
  • We have introduced more plants across all our sites in order to help to recycle the air, brighten up the office, and reduce stress and other workplace nasties.
  • We have put in place a sustainable purchasing policy to ensure all office products from sustainable sources.
  • All our cleaning products and toiletries are now eco-friendly.
  • Moved offices to areas of the building with natural light.

Lighting

We have Converted our plant to LED lighting which has had a very positive sustainable impact on our environmental performance. By reducing electricity consumption we reduce our carbon footprint in the process. We made this decision for a number of reasons:

  • Halogen bulbs typically dim over time and fail after about two years.
  • LEDs last up to ten times longer. LEDs use approximately a fifth of the energy of halogen bulbs.
  • Unlike CFLs, LEDs are mercury free which is better for the environment.