Oil and Paint production traditionally works within an industry where the use of additives, chemicals and energy is essential to the manufacturing process. However, the Witham Group is totally committed to ensuring that wherever and whenever possible, our activities including raw material purchasing, manufacturing and distribution, waste generation and disposal, and solar panel installation all help minimise the effect on the environment.
Paints and Coatings perform a positive environmental function in protecting and decorating surfaces. They are used to preserve timber and enable us to use less precious hardwoods and replace them with renewable-forest soft woods, which would otherwise be unsuitable for construction purposes. Coatings also save valuable metals like steel and aluminium, and the fuel needed to make them, by preventing corrosion.
However, decorative coatings have an impact on the environment at each stage in their life cycle-during production, during application and during disposal. The two biggest environmental effects associated with coatings are the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and the disposal of surplus materials.
In recent years the demand for a safer, cleaner environment has led to the drive to limit the amount of VOCs allowed in coating products and reducing these limits over the coming years. In addition, the development of new alternative low VOC products and clear labelling of VOC content of each decorative product are all helping to protect consumers and the environment wherever possible.
No decorative coating is entirely environmentally friendly and some high gloss paints, aerosols and some other specialist paints in particular need higher VOC levels for performance and, at present, there is no low VOC substitute for these. However, water based products generally contain lower levels and are much more easily available along with low solvent products.
The Witham Group ensures it complies with the relevant environmental legislation and industry codes of practice as a minimum level of performance. In addition we continually strive to reduce the use and cost of energy, water, packaging, paper and fuel and actively encourage and promote recycling, waste reduction and pollution control throughout our group of companies.“Our aim is to operate with corporate care and social responsibility. We recognise that promoting sustainability and the protecting the environment is of the utmost importance, not only for the here and now, but for the future of us all and our families”. Nigel Bottom, M.D.