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Building Adhesives Ltd creates insect hotel for sustainability and biodiversity

Staff at Building Adhesives Ltd in Stoke-on-Trent have all mucked-in to construct an insect hotel just outside of the reception area of their HQ in Trentham.

‘Buggingham Pallets’ has been constructed out of six old wooden pallets filled with natural material such as leaves, twigs, bamboo cane, cardboard and more.The hotel gives insects and other mini-beasts a place to shelter during the winter or periods of extreme weather. They can also use it to hide from predators or raise their young. 

David Hackett, Managing Director at Building Adhesives Ltd and ARDEX UK, said: “The construction of the insect hotel is a small part of our concerted effort to improve the sustainability of our sites, and to make them more biodiverse for us all to enjoy.

“It was especially encouraging to see many people from various parts of the business muck in and contribute to the site voluntarily. We hope this will go a small way to improving our site for nature and be a symbol for what we hope to continue to achieve in the future.

Improvements to biodiversity at Building Adhesives and ARDEX UK form a key part of the ARDEX Group UK sustainability objectives.

The group, through its UK brands including BAL and ARDEX, has a core objective to reduce its impact on the environment in an evolving market-place through sustainable sourcing of materials, recycling, and waste reduction.

Ultimately, the group’s aim is to be Carbon Neutral by 2040 through a series of initiatives (Carbon Neutral for Scope-1 & 2 by 2030).

A number of initiatives have already been introduced including; energy efficient LED lighting installed in all warehouses, installation of solar panels for electricity generations, phasing out diesel forklifts for a full EV fleet, increasing the use of recycled raw materials, reducing lifetime build costs due to longer guaranteed product lifetimes and reducing the use of “virgin” plastic in its products through the use of PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastics.

In addition to its in-house sustainability programme, the UK group also supports external environmental groups with BAL’s charitable partnership with Cool Earth – a charity which works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and its impacts on climate change.

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