Creating a greener future
At Castlepoint we strive to contribute to a more sustainable future including minimising waste, facilitating recycling, reducing emissions and our carbon footprint. As a result we recycle 69% of waste with 0% going to landfill with our recycling targets increasing year on year. We also ensure that we only use green energy and we have an on-going commitment to reduce our consumption year on year. We are changing our lighting in line with the car park rebuild to LED which are controlled by both photo cells, BMS controls and PIR sensors which means lights are only on full power when required and therefore reducing our consumption. We are also keen on ensuring Castlepoint is a biodiverse habitat for wildlife and support this by having bug hotels and nesting boxes across the site. We also ensure that we only use pollen rich flowers that are havens for insects, butterflies and bees.
Castlepoint's Electric Vehicle
We have reduced two white diesel vehicles on site to one electric car instead. This vehicle has zero C02 emissions and provides no noise pollution.
Ukraine Donation Centre
On the 1st March 2022, we opened the doors to the old Argos unit to a local organization called Help from Bournemouth to Ukraine. With the empty unit, they were able to welcome donations from other businesses, schools and members of the public in the area. The appeal was also supported by a number of our stores who donated packing materials, refreshments for the volunteers and even stock to be delivered to Ukraine.
At the height of the appeal, the amount of donations was overwhelming and the number of volunteers assisting in the sorting and packing reached over 180 people in just one day. In addition to this, a number of our own staff helped with the sorting and the loading of pallets onto the many transports. As the month progressed donations started to arrive from other parts of the country including Scotland.
The organizer, Karol Swiacki has been able to arrange transport for the over 1200 pallets and carried out press interviews with numerous local radio station including Wave 105, BBC Solent and had features on BBC South Today and Good Morning Britain where he was championed by TV’s Martin Roberts. Castlepoint also featured in the Bournemouth Echo various times throughout the month with various positive comments praising Castlepoint’s efforts.
You can learn more by visiting Ukraine Relief or by clicking below.
Castlepoint Goes Greener
Sustainability is at the very core of our future strategy, here are the main directions in which our future projects will stretch.
By the end of 2022, we would like to achieve all Castlepoint service vehicles to be electrically powered. This will see a reduction in the use of fossil fuels, our carbon footprint and also vehicle related servicing.
We aim to provide information to all visitors about sustainable travel to and from Castlepoint.
Where possible, we will introduce environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals and we aim to reduce the use of single use materials such as paper towels, blue roll etc.
We plan to Introduce a bio-diversity site management plan including implementing bug hotels, nest boxes, pollen rich flowers and Hedgehog hibernation boxes onto site.
By end of 2021 we introduced staff uniform that is made from recycled or environmentally friendly materials.
Our Charity Of The Year
This year our chosen charity to support is Mosaic Charity. This charity was founded in 2007 and supports children and young people throughout Dorset. Mosaic was created to fill the gap in bereavement provision across the county. Prior to this, support for bereaved children and young people was limited as the only support available was from hospices offering support after the death of someone suffering from a long-term illness.
Mosaic support children and young people who have been bereaved of someone special, such as a parent, sibling, friend or a member of their extended family. This includes all causes of death such as long-term illness, sudden death, suicide, murder or road traffic accident.