Manufacturer of showering spaces, Lakes has won a Highly Commended “Caring for the Environment” Award at the annual Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) City & Awards.
It was presented to sales & marketing director Mike Tattam by WCoBM’s Master Fiona Woolf DBE DL at the Haberdashers Hall in the City of London.
The award recognises the steps Lakes has taken to improve its impact on the environment, with the company having introduced fully recyclable packaging to reduce waste to landfill.
It is also the first to achieve the Carbon Neutral Standard based on an assessment of carbon emissions for its UK operation.
WCoBM is a Livery Company that supports training and education in the sector through its charitable fund.
The ‘Caring for the Environment’ award was introduced to Livery members, this year, as part of the Company’s #BuildACareerWithoutLimits campaign.
The campaign is an initiative that encourages young people, apprentices and students to consider working with a builders’ merchant or a building materials’ manufacturer.
Mike Tattam commented: “This annual event is a fantastic occasion and it was a pleasure to be one of the first supplier members to be recognised for this award.
“The increasing threat of climate change is a daily reminder that we need to change how we operate as businesses.
“We are continually looking at ways to offset our carbon emissions and improve our environmental impact.”
He continued: “We are focusing on recycling all product waste, primarily glass and aluminium, and testing the most fuel-efficient models for our distribution fleet.
“Recently we held a tree planting even at a local school, planting 200 trees, as part of our offsetting programme.
“It’s an exciting journey and one that requires combined effort. So we’re encouraging other manufacturers in our sector to follow our lead.”