Symphony Sustainability Approach

With 50 years of experience we understand the importance of operating in a responsible, sustainable manner.

We have always taken our responsibilities to the environment seriously and are committed to playing our part by learning, innovating and implementing sustainable actions to limit our impact on the planet. We are proud of our history of innovation and continuously review and enhance our operations to ensure that Symphony is a leading example of sustainability within our industry.

We are pleased to have reduced emissions over the previous few years. The carbon emissions associated with our manufacturing, head office and transport operations (Scope 1 and 2) have reduced by 27% compared to turnover between 2017 and 2019. We are actively working to reduce this further with the move to using green energy sources for our electricity by 2028.

Recycled Materials

Recycled Materials

We work with our suppliers to reduced the environmental impact of products that we source and where possible to incorporate recycled materials.

49% of the chipboard we use in all of our kitchen, bedroom and bathroom cabinets is sourced from recycled timber. Many of our chipboard frontals have a similar recycled content, however we were delighted to be able to recently introduce ranges that use 100% recycled chipboard.

There are four decors (six ranges) in our offer that can be selected; Urban Concrete, Urban Grey Walnut, Linear Form Matt Concrete, Linear Form Matt Grey Walnut, Hacienda Grey Driftwood and Hacienda White Driftwood.

Furthermore all of the adjustable legs used on our cabinets are made using 100% recycled plastic.

Effective Low Impact Packaging

Effective Low Impact Packaging

Symphony work with the recycled packaging organisation Valpak to minimise the impact of the packaging we use without compromising protection. We comply with Valpak’s Packaging Compliance scheme and strive to ensure that we use effective but resource efficient packaging that protects our products from our facility to their installation. A key example of this is our use and reuse of protective blankets on all our vehicles delivering to building sites. This protects cabinets and other products, rather than using cardboard boxes or other materials.

Where we do need to package products we source cardboard boxes that are made from 100% recycled materials, whilst all of the corner protectors that we use on individual doors and panels are now protected with recycled pulp corners. This has replaced the use of on average 4 million plastic corner protectors that we used every year.

100% FSC® Certified Timber

100% FSC® Certified Timber

All of the timber based products used in our furniture are sourced with full FSC® certification. This ensures that the wood comes from a well-managed forest that is run in accordance with strict environmental, social and economic standards.

Recycling

Recycling

98.5% of our manufacturing and head office waste was recycled across our three sites in 2019. Segregated waste bins throughout the facility ensure all waste is effectively and efficiently recycled.

BREEAM Standard Facilities

BREEAM Standard Facilities

The design and construction of Symphony’s state-of-the-art manufacturing and Head Office facilities has incorporated BREEAM standards, including high levels of insulation and energy efficiency. One example is in the use of a sophisticated dali zoned lighting system in the office and warehouse areas. This detects occupancy, daylight and dimming to ensure best electrical energy use in busy areas, whilst the use of LED lights further conserves electricity.

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the ‘de facto’ measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.

Biomass Boiler

Biomass Boiler

Our Barnsley head office and manufacturing site is fuelled by one of the largest biomass fired boilers in the UK. Our boiler is fed with wood waste from our manufacturing operations, which is stored in a 500m3 storage silo. Symphony employs 100% recirculation systems to optimise waste and minimise emissions.

The installation of the boiler has negated the need for a gas supply to the site and in doing so saved the release of 1762tCO2 in 2019. This is the equivalent of taking 381 cars off the road for 1 year, or the annual energy use of 203 homes.

 

Efficiency on the Road

Efficiency on the Road

The Symphony fleet of vehicles is amongst the most fuel efficient on Britain’s roads, due to the inclusion of Bluetec Euro 6 Mercedes Actros delivery vehicles. These utilise the latest fuel technology, converting nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water, reducing emissions and keeping our air cleaner.

With the total number of vehicles now exceeding 150 our familiar burgundy fleet includes double-drawer bar-trucks, as well as over thirty smaller sprinters to manage an express delivery service.

We are including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) in our company car fleet for the first time in 2021 to help further reduce our carbon emissions.