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We make and produce our own lip and hand balms using herbs and beeswax from local sources (including our own garden!)
Our commitment to sustainability is central to everything we do here…and I mean everything! Every single thing we purchase from electricity and gas to pens and t-shirts is scrutinised with the aim of finding the most environmentally-friendly solution. Everything that leaves our building is equally scrutinised. Literally. We employ a team to go through every piece of rubbish twice a year so that we can learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle more.
When you get stuck into sustainability issues, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and depressed about our future on this planet. We seem to have no common sense when it comes to using limited natural resources. The issues can be too complex, too scary and too big to handle. Rather than get mired down in doom & gloom, we want to provide a positive alternative, to be an example for others to follow.
Our objectives, which we aim to achieve by 2015, are to:
We’re making significant progress on all of these objectives which you can read about in our Annual Environmental Reports.
Eco-days. Travel is a big portion of most people’s carbon footprint- our staff are no different. The easyjet revolution when combined with the temptation of climbing in the sunnier climate of places like France or Spain makes it all to easy to book a cheap flight for a week away. The alternative- travelling by car or train is often more expensive and can take much longer. We try to make it more attractive by allowing staff who qualify for the eco-day scheme to take extra paid holiday to get to their destination. Many of our staff have rediscovered the pleasures of long-distance train travel and learned how to get creative when planning their holidays.
We also offer the Cycle to Work scheme to help employees purchase bicycles for commuting in a tax-efficient way.
Many of our staff have also benefited from our Eco-Grant scheme.
A key component of our Sustainability Strategy is the integration of our organic garden and café/kitchen into our operations. You can read more about these exciting projects on the Castle Café page and the Castle Garden page and by following their blog. Better yet, come by and see it for yourself!
Zero waste to landfill is an ambitious target, but one that we believe is feasible. We’ve been able to reduce our waste to landfill to one household sized bin per week by doing the following:
Sustainable City Awards – Winner in Sustainable Food Category
Sustainable City Awards - Shortlisted in Resource Conservation Category
Capital Growth – Grow For Gold, Inspiring Gardens Category (Second Place
Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code Awards, Highly Commended (SME Organisation Category)
Sustainable City Awards – Sustainable Procurement
Sustainable City Awrads – Sustainable Building
Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code, gold level
with Andy Kirkpatrick
Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May
If you’re planning a big wall adventure or interested in the techniques and systems involved in aiding and big wall climbing, this may be the course for you.
Thursday 17th April
11am to 4pm - Family Easter Crafts Day
Join us for this free family craft day to explore our garden and turn your hands to some Easter creativity!
6pm to 8pm - An Evening of Foraging
From nettle beer to water mint ice cream, come and find out what is at your finger tips when it comes to eating in the outdoors with John Rensten.
The filming will take place in and around the centre's climbing areas, cafe, outdoor boulders and the garden. The primary use of the film and images will be for promotional use on the Castle Climbing website, associated social media and advertising campaigns.
If filming is going on in the vicinity of where you are and you do NOT consent to the use of your image being used for marketing purposes, please let the filmmakers know and they will not film you.
The Castle offers a commitment to only allow said pictures and film to be used appropriately and sensitively.