Our materials journey so far
Before 2021, our product collection was made entirely of solid brass, with different production methods used to achieve different colour finishes — some with a greater carbon footprint than others. After our first annual carbon audit in 2020, we made the decision to switch our colour-finished products (think Satin Nickel and Matt Black), to less carbon intensive metals.
We introduced aluminium and stainless steel to our range, offering varied material properties, but the same high-quality standards our customers have come to recognise us for.
Our materials will always be our main source of carbon emissions. Diversifying our material range is the first step in our reduction journey, but we’ll be continually scoping more ways to improve — stay tuned for those updates, on this page.
Reduction won’t do it all, though. After reduction, we pledge to offset our remaining carbon emissions by investing exclusively in third party rated projects that we feel passionate about (read more in our 2020 Carbon Footprint report).
Commitments to our planet
We’re committed to helping you better your home, whilst ensuring our efforts don’t come at the cost of ours — Planet Earth.
To remain a carbon neutral operation, as we help more customers improve their homes.
Keep reading to learn how we’re evaluating our total environmental impact, from A to Z, starting with how we manufacture our hardware, through to how it lives within your home.
Our classic finish, with a clear protective lacquer.
1.67kg CO2e per 185mm pull handle (1.5 Handles for the carbon price of 1 cotton t-shirt)
Durable and corrosion-resistant, with a steely-silvery tone.
1.12kg CO2e per 185mm pull handle (2 Handles for the carbon price of 1 cotton t-shirt)
Featherweight anodized aluminium, in a slick black finish.
0.66kg CO2e per 185mm pull handle (3 Handles for the carbon price of 1 cotton t-shirt)
Our commitment: To hold ourselves and our supply chain partners accountable for continual evaluation and improvement of the production processes that impact our carbon footprint.
Our production journey so far
Our annual Carbon Audits reveal that our greatest impact comes from our raw materials and production, which is why we’re continually working with our suppliers to implement reduction strategies at the early stages of our product lifecycle.
For now, it’s production facilities in China that create our meticulously-made hardware. Each partner is a specialist in their field of engineering, meaning they’re attentive to the high level of detail that we demand of our products. Ahead of collaborating, it’s our responsibility to ensure each partner meets our Onboarding Criteria, then continually abides by our strict Supplier Code of Conduct. We need all parties within our operation to commit to reducing our planetary impact, plus to protect the welfare of all workers within our ecosystem.
Our commitment: To eliminate all plastic from our online order packaging, by 2023.
Our packaging journey so far
As of February 2022, 94% of our products are sent from our suppliers plastic-free. This is an example of how we’ve collaborated with our suppliers to create new processes that align with our impact goals. We’ve replaced individual plastic cases and bubble-wrap with protective layers of recyclable paper and card.
For a short while, customers may continue to receive some plastic in their orders, as we work through our remaining inventory — bear with us.
Our commitment: To bring our planetary principles to life through our employee culture and daily operations, both in the office and outside of work.
Our Plank HQ journey so far
Our day-to-day business operations at Plank HQ are a very small proportion of our overall carbon footprint, but as we scale our team we’ll be taking measures to keep it that way. This means operating on a green energy tariff and using our dedicated bins for organic waste and recycled materials.
The majority of our employees live close to our London HQ, meaning over 90% of our employees commute by foot, bike or public transport. Staff are also permitted to WFH two days a week, meaning they can optimise their work-life balance and not travel needlessly.
Since 2021, we’ve also given thought to how our team can support individuals outside of our business — in our community and nationwide. We established a Charitable Giving Policy, in which all staff members are encouraged to raise awareness and funds for causes close to their hearts, or the business’. Plank Hardware is a proud supporter of Crisis charity, and we’re always looking for new causes to celebrate.
How you can help:
1. Material choice
If you're yet to choose a design scheme, consider Black Aluminium for your hardware. The facts suggest it’s our lowest carbon material option.
2. Upcycle something old
Don’t always buy new. Save some money and emissions by considering upcycling, hacking or refreshing existing furniture, using our premium finishing touches.
3. Care for your new hardware
Routine, non-abrasive cleaning with a cloth and warm, soapy water will keep your finishes looking spick-and-span for years to come, so you won’t need to re-buy anytime soon.
4. Recycle your old hardware
Use your order number and our free returns portal to send your old hardware to us, then we’ll dispose of it responsibly. Alternatively, take it to a local recycling depot or dealer — you may even get some money back.
5. Recycle our packaging
All of our cardboard packaging and pamphlets can be recycled, plus our protective poly bags (the foamy ones) can be recycled in dry mixed recycling — just double check the terms of your local recycling facility.
6. Donate with us
If you’re fortunate enough to have a comfortable home, join us in supporting Crisis’ mission to combat homelessness in the UK. Read more here make a donation to Crisis and consider making a donation of your own?
7. Tell us how we can do better
Have ideas on how we can do better? Share your thoughts with us at email@example.com