Environmentally Friendly Travel Tips

There are some great essential travel tips on visitlondon.com that could be applied to travelling anywhere in the world. Whilst travelling overseas for personal enjoyment is a well-being booster, it is always mindful to consider ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and, therefore, not have long term impacts on others.


Some ideas that might be worth considering include:


Using public transport wherever possible at your destination. A bit of research can sometimes uncover a plethora of local travel options, and it has the benefit of getting to know the local culture to a greater degree


Consider travelling through Europe by rail, instead of flying


When in your room consider turning down the heating/air con by a small amount


Many appliances are left on standby for your convenience, such as the TV, try to remember to switch these off when you leave the room or during the night


Just consider the amount of energy used to wash all the towels in a hotel if they are changed on a daily basis!  If staying for more than one night in a hotel re-use the towel rather than expecting a clean fresh replacement


Whilst it is a luxury to use those freebie toiletries, try to take and use your own instead – refillable bottles will cut down the costs


Try to support local shops


It only needs a little more thought, and causes very little inconvenience.


The Environmental Transport Association Trust also gives some fantastic tips and advice on every day travel that affects us all, as well as interesting articles on transport issues.



10th July, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Blog, Green Updates | No comment

Benefits of Cycling to Work

Sustrans promotes benefits of cycling to work for individuals and employers alike, some points taken from their website (http://www.sustrans.org.uk/cycletowork/benefits):


  • Individuals: cheaper, healthier and time-saving
  • Employers: more productive staff, more space, reduced costs
  • Government: healthier population, less congested, better use of our roads, reduction of pollution


All in all a win-win situation for all concerned! With this in mind Duraweld Ltd have continued to offer its staff membership of the Bicycle User Group – affectionately known as the ‘BUG Club’! The benefits on offer include:


FREE health check for your bike Courtesy of the maintenance Department
FREE puncture repairs (including Installing new tubes) to all club Members, keeping you peddling
FREE emergency bike for up to 24hrs should yours be out of Action
FREE bike shed Facilities 
Join in on summer cycle ride outs
Further promotions throughout the year


Many of our employees have also taken advantage of the Cycle to Work Scheme in order to purchase a bicycle.

Cycling to WorkDuraweld definitely supports cycling to work!

4th July, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Blog, Green Updates | No comment

Green Handover

On the 11 July 2013 Duraweld’s Environmental Coordinator Victoria Pitts will be leaving to pastures new after 7 years of being at the company.  During that period she has initiated,continued to monitor and implement improvements to the ISO14001 EMS; facilitated carbon footprint reductions; embedded a strong environmental ethos through Twenty Steps and developed Duraweld’s new Circle of Responsible Environmental (CORE) Practice objectives.  During that period she has also raised the company’s environmental profile through the BITC Environmental Index for Yorkshire and Humber, as well as enabling the company to be listed in The Sunday Times Best Green Companies in 2010 and 2011.  The “Green” reigns will be taken over by Keith Dawson, General Manager of Duraweld Ltd, who has had extensive experience of integrated managements systems and will continue to be supported by the Green Team and all employees at the company.

3rd July, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Green Updates | No comment

Dell-ve into Nature Project

Following on from the support and voluntary work that Dez Paley (Technical Supervisor) and Duraweld has undertaken regarding the environmental improvement and development of the dell area within Eastfield (Scarborough) Dez is now continuing his commitment to the project of the “dell-ve into nature” now that the funding has come to an end and the ranger has moved on to other projects within North Yorkshire.
Dez is actively undertaking the maintenance of the area liaising with a number of organisations to ensure all the good work continues to flourish.
Along with this duty he has also taken on the  maintenance of the two wildlife areas within the grounds of Braeburn infants and juniors schools, these areas were developed by David Spencer of Groundwork as a splinter of the dell-ve into nature project to encourage and educate the children of the schools on all aspects of nature whilst allowing them to have a safe wildlife area within their own grounds and provide a living outside classroom to complement their learning and development.

3rd July, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Blog, Green Updates | No comment

Carbon Footprint for 2012!

We are a CarbonZero Company

Almost everything we do contributes towards our carbon footprint.  Whilst we try and reduce our carbon emissions wherever possible, here at Duraweld Ltd we have taken action to counter the impact of our carbon footprint by supporting projects in Africa to make us a CarbonZero Company.


19th June, 2013 at 9:48 am | Blog, Green Updates, News | No comment

Dell-Ve into Nature Success

Last week saw a large granite stone being sited at the entrance to The Dell at Eastfield, Scarborough, North Yorkshire.


This stone is to acknowledge the achievement and transformation of this area into Scarborough’s very first Local Nature Reserve.The accreditation was awarded by Natural England after having satisfied all the requirements of this difficult and highly achieved award.


It was once again acknowledged that the input and voluntary work from Duraweld over the past few years has contributed heavily towards achieving this status and Dez Paley was present to accept this complement on behalf of Duraweld.

30th April, 2013 at 9:38 am | Blog, Green Updates | No comment

Supporting Red Nose Day!

Duraweld got into the 80’s spirit on Friday 15th March in support of the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day!  Lee Embleton won the best fancy dress prize, a well deserved reward for getting up extra early to look the part…Through donations staff also raised £50 towards this worthy cause.

See the photo’s below!

Red Nose Day


Red Nose Day

Best Fancy Dress Winner!

18th March, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Blog, Green Updates | No comment

Wear It Pink!

In October, Duraweld welcomed a new starter: a pink paper over board binder machine!

During the same month there has been a cancer awareness campaign, therefore, to celebrate the arrival of our new pink POB machine and raise funds for Breast Cancer we held a “Wear it Pink” day on Friday 26th October! In total we raised a massive £53.00 and had a fantastic day raising awareness for such a worthwhile cause.

See some of the photographs below.



29th October, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Blog, Green Updates, News | No comment

Duraweld donate to Scout Group

Duraweld Ltd recently donated 200 plastic folders for the local Scout Group’s new Welcome and Information Packs. These were distributed to current and new members of the Group.

Andy Jennings, Assistant Group Scout Leader and Group Administrator says”… we are aware that Duraweld Ltd’s generous contribution saved us considerable time and money, in addition to which we are most grateful for the quality of the product”.

25th October, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Blog, Green Updates | No comment

Duraweld supports Star Carr Archaeological Site

Richard Senior and Duraweld Ltd have had a longstanding supportive relationship with the Star Carr Archaeological project near Scarborough. Under the guidance of Hannah Senior, Richard’s daughter, and Mark Yeung the company has continued this role. To help preserve and identify the numerous exciting finds that have been uncovered in 2012 on this Mesolithic site of historical importance, rolls of vinyl to cover and protect excavation plots from the elements and a large quantity of non woven polyester square labels, which are ideal in that they can be written on and can withstand the vagaries of the North Yorkshire weather systems without losing the hand written data, have been donated.

There is to be a free Star Carr festival at Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough on Sunday 23 September 2012 and we encourage everyone to attend and learn about this important Scheduled Monument site.

18th September, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Blog, Green Updates | No comment

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