As world leaders gather in Glasgow for the COP26 UN Climate Change Summit, we wanted to share what we’re doing here at Holloways to help the planet – and what we want to do better.
This summer, we installed 70kWp solar panels on our showrooms, supported by a Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LOCOP) grant distributed by Worcestershire County Council.
The solar panels are already generating power to help run our Gallery Showroom, Glasshouse restaurant and gift shop building – and any surplus goes back into to the National Grid, so we’re well on the way to becoming self-sufficient.
Some of our showrooms and the Glasshouse restaurant are both heated in the winter and cooled in the summer by air source heat pumps.
Automatic doors and lights in the Gallery Showroom all help reduce our electricity consumption and a wood-burning stove in the Glasshouse is fuelled by wood grown on the family farm.
And because the majority of our staff live in the local area, they're encouraged to car-share wherever possible.
Our furniture is built to last so it doesn’t end up in landfill.
We work with responsible manufacturers across the UK and abroad, those who employ local people and tread as lightly on the planet as we strive to. For example, our Hoxton collection of sofas and armchairs are upholstered in 100% recycled Forever fabrics - super-soft and hardwearing, but made from discarded ocean plastics.
We stock a range of beautiful eco-friendly rugs and cushions made from plastic bottles, too and our teak garden furniture is sourced from sustainable forests.
When it comes to smaller items, our new range of own-label candles, for example, are made from natural rapeseed and coconut wax, hand-poured into reusable glass jars by a sustainably-run company just over the hills from us.
We strive to ensure the quality and luxury our customers expect as standard doesn’t come at the expense of dwindling natural resources.
As a furniture retailer, you can imagine we have a lot of cardboard boxes.
We work hard to recycle all of our cardboard – unless we’re reusing boxes to send out customer orders.
When we deliver your furniture, we’ll bring back the packaging for recycling. And when you receive fabric samples from us, the box they’re delivered in will have been made from recycled kraft cardboard.
The bags and tissue paper in our gift shop are all made from recycled materials, and if you shop in our Neptune store-in-store, we’ll package your purchases in a beautiful, reusable jute bag.
We’ve reduced the number of paper newsletters we send out, letting you know our news by regular email instead. And when we do print leaflets and brochures, they’re naturally all on recycled paper.
We're lucky to be surrounded by some of the finest food and drink producers in the UK, and we’re proud to champion them in the Glasshouse, our award-winning restaurant.
We grow our own beef, serve only free-range meat and poultry and make our own jam for our afternoon teas using wonky strawberries from neighbouring farms – the kind of fruit that’s perfectly good, but that supermarkets won’t take because it doesn’t conform to their sizing standards. Our craft beers are brewed just a few hundred yards along the lane.
All our menus are printed on Ellie Poo paper from the Green Stationery Company made from – well, you guessed it. When you're done with them, we recycle these too.
Using local producers, keeping food miles to an absolute minimum and focusing on seasonal produce is really important to us.
We’re always looking for new ideas, from green energy projects to more sustainable ways to manufacture the furniture and accessories we sell. For example, we're already looking looking to expand our solar installation and are investigating energy storage projects.
We’re not perfect, but we’re always learning and striving to be better.