For the previous 12 months, Team Halstead has been making nice strides in our efforts to go inexperienced. In 2016, we made it a company-wide aim to turn into extra sustainable and eco-friendly and affect others to do the identical. We’re pleased with our progress!
Halstead takes delight in how we look after our workers. Many have been with us for over a decade, with some of us working right here for our full 43 years in enterprise! We supply aggressive pay, wonderful medical health insurance, revenue sharing, beneficiant retirement contributions, a lot of paid break day, free jewellery making courses throughout work hours, intensive coaching & ability growth, and an awesome office tradition (with workplace canines). Our turnover is extraordinarily low due to all our consideration to moral HR practices.
We have at all times performed our greatest to recycle our workplace provides and supply from environmentally acutely aware sources. We can’t assure 100% recycled silver and gold content material on the complete line, however most of our merchandise are very shut! Precious metals are elemental so you can’t empirically take a look at for materials provenance. Documenting metallic heaps past the uncooked materials mill stage remains to be problematic. But, the business is making progress yearly and we’re pushing our suppliers to turn into greener as effectively.
The first step to achieve our inner aim of going inexperienced was altering out all the fluorescent and incandescent gentle bulbs to LED gentle bulbs. With this modification, we’ve got decreased the variety of kilowatts used per hour by 30,312 kilowatts. The whole course of was a couple of week lengthy with a three-man crew with little disruption to work at Halstead Headquarters. Each fixture was reworked right into a LED appropriate fixture by altering the becoming from commonplace gentle bulb becoming to the LED becoming. Overall, there was solely a little bit adjustment to the colour of the lighting and a small adjustment interval for the staff.
The second step was ditching the plastic water bottles and adopting a reverse osmosis system. Pictured above is our new water cooler! Installing the RO system was a one-day occasion with the assistance of a plumbing firm. Most of the employees already had reusable water bottles and low mugs within the workplace, so the transition was extremely simple and adaptable to our workplace tradition. Plus, the water cooler had a bonus: HOT WATER, too! Now, we do not need enormous pallets of water bottles being shipped into headquarters each few months.
Solar panels are the large, massive information right here on the HQ. Step three is presently in progress and the whole time shall be roughly a month and a half to put in 192 commercial-grade photo voltaic panel items. We are presently about midway performed with putting in the photo voltaic panels and anticipate to cowl practically all of our power use with photo voltaic manufacturing every work day.
Please remark under with what you’re doing in your studio to go inexperienced. We’d love to listen to about it! Earth Day is coming proper up and it’s a good time to make a change and inform others about what you’re doing to go inexperienced.
Halstead is considered one of North America’s main distributors of jewelry supplies. Halstead focuses on wholesale findings, chain, instruments and metals for jewellery artists.