Founded as an ethical luxury brand, we want our customers to invest in our pieces safe in the knowledge that as a company, we have done everything possible to create unique handcrafted silver and gold pieces while reducing our impact on the planet.
We ethically and responsibly source raw materials and packaging. We choose sustainable shipping options where possible. We use renewable energy resources in our workshops and reduce our waste by reusing and recycling packaging materials. Metals are naturally recyclable, and all by-products from our manufacturing processes are reused or repurposed.
Thomas Lyte is a member of the Planet Mark sustainability certification program and has committed to cutting carbon emissions year on year to achieve the ultimate goal of net-zero status. Planet Mark recognises businesses that have measured and are actively reducing their carbon footprint. With the help of its growing community, Planet Mark assists Thomas Lyte with the implementation of our long-term strategy to become a sustainable company.
Currently, we are going through a process of measuring our carbon footprint and we will document and communicate our journey with our clients and the world. We believe that sharing our experiences as a company will benefit others who are travelling on this sustainability journey with us.
Each year we will be updating our clients on our ongoing efforts to reduce our carbon emissions to net-zero. Since 2022 we have doubled our efforts with a number of initiatives successfully completed.
We joined an initiative that actively encourages and facilitates the use of electric vehicles across the company. This included the installation of charging stations at our workshop. Our fleet of vans is now fully electric, and many of our employees have made the switch to fully electric vehicles for their commute.
By the end of 2022 we completed research and development on new sustainable packaging for our silverware. Testing included ensuring that the new packaging options did not cause any unintended damage to the quality of our products, and our distribution packaging is now fully recyclable.
We have started promoting “meat-free Mondays” – whereby we encourage each other to explore meat-free alternatives for their meals that day. For the team-building benefits alone we would recommend this to other businesses. Reducing our meat consumption as a business makes a small but positive change to our impact on the planet.
Year-on-year we will build upon our commitment to using renewable energy. One such example is the recent installation of solar panels at our London-based silver workshops. While it is a significant investment, solar panels have a lifetime of around 25 years, and we are confident that it will prove to be resources well spent.