Environmental Policy

Although we produce many catalogues, we at Cotton Traders care for the environment and ensure that where possible, we are as environmentally friendly as possible in sourcing our print production.

All of our printed materials are sourced from environmentally aware suppliers.

It is important to Cotton Traders that all printing suppliers show a commitment to the environment, having achieved the ISO 14001 Environmental Accreditation, which ensures they are operating at the best possible environmental standards.

Where possible, our paper is sourced from sustainable forests and all of our suppliers operate a robust and comprehensive Recycling and Waste Management system.

Amongst our supplier list, are the winners of the Print Week Awards 2006 for Environmental Printer of the Year 2006/2007.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive)

What is WEEE? The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced in January 2007 by the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006.

The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.

The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.

Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.

If you’re interested in finding out more on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) click here.

What are Cotton Traders obligations?

To ensure compliance with the legislation, Cotton Traders have recently joined the Government approved "Distributor Take-Back scheme" (DTS) set up by Valpak. The DTS provides a cost effective hassle free solution for Cotton Traders to fulfil their obligations under the WEEE regulations.

As part of this scheme we ask our customers to dispose of waste electrical and electronic equipment at a designated collection facility (DCF) run by Valpak in your area. To help you locate a collection facility in your area visit www.recycle-more.co.uk and click on the tab titled ‘Bank Locator’.