Environmental, Social & Governance

At Bedmax we are committed to the responsible manufacturing, marketing and sales of equine and animal bedding and sustainable heat logs.

We are focused on reducing our carbon footprint and are working together with suppliers, customers, and the local communities to achieve this and to help deliver a more sustainable future.

Working with Planet Mark our strategy aims to achieve a positive impact on the environment and society, whilst adhering to sound governance measures.

Bedmax – Caring for the Environment

Read our 10 step story below, which explains how we make sure that nothing we use to make Bedmax is wasted, how the waste product can be used to make our Hotmax fuel logs, and how even the plastic bags used in our final product is completely recyclable.

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Made From Pine

Bedmax shavings are made from pine timber sourced entirely from sustainable UK forestry.

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Bark Chippings

All bark that falls from the logs during processing is sent to garden centres…

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Purpose Built

We cut our shavings to an optimum size in our 3 purpose- built UK production plants…

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Extracting Dust

We then screen and vacuum extract all the dust from our shavings…

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3,000 Tonnes

We extract over 3,000 tonnes of dust and particles from our shavings every year…

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Dust to Hotmax

Already very dry, this dust is compacted into 100% natural wood Hotmax Heat Logs…

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Hotmax Fuel

Hotmax is one of the cleanest, most efficient and eco-friendly fuels available in the UK.

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Low Dust

Thousands of customers now use our low dust, 100% natural shavings for their horses…

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Return to the Soil

The best way to dispose of their used shavings is to compost and return them to the soil…

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Packaging

We pack our beddings in plastic to keep them dry, but now we’re using new film which contains 30% recycled plastic.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

At Bedmax we are continuously striving to minimise our impact on the environment, and to recycle as much of our waste as we can. These are some of the ways we are trying to reduce our impact on the environment and make some positive changes:

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Our 2021 carbon emissions were reduced by 5% compared to 2020.
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Reduce Transport Emissions: sourcing locally and sales team have more online meetings to reduce travel.
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Awarded Sustainability Award at the Holiday Park Innovation Show in November 2021.
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Our 2021 carbon emissions were reduced by 5% compared to 2020.
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Reduce Transport Emissions: sourcing locally and sales team have more online meetings to reduce travel.
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Awarded Sustainability Award at the Holiday Park Innovation Show in November 2021.

Composting used Bedmax Shavings

We are regularly asked by customers for advice on the most effective way to dispose of used shavings.

So we commissioned scientists at Napier University to come up with the definitive answer. Now the experiments are finished – and the answer is to turn your shavings into compost and return them to the soil.

Bedmax shavings, in the right natural conditions and with just a bit of sensible management, will obligingly turn themselves into re-usable, bio-degradable compost.

Local Communities

Our local communities are incredibly important to us at Bedmax and together with our staff we proactively help and support our communities and residents whenever we can.

Bedmax has committed to support the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum Annual Voluntary and Community Awards for the next three years. For more information on the awards and why Bedmax have decided to support them click here.

We recently donated timber to the Northumberland Log Bank that provides ready cut logs free of charge to those that need it in the Northumberland area.

At our plants we are conscious that our work causes noise pollution, and this can negatively impact the surrounding communities. As a result, we will be introducing noise enclosures at our Strawmax production facility in Northumberland and around the shaver at Caunton.

We will also work to minimise the noise from production at our new Patchington Strawmax plant once it is up and running.

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Our staff are given a paid workday per annum to volunteer supporting charity work and education programmes.
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We repurposed some timber to donate as wooden chairs to Glendale and Belford first and middle schools in order for them to be able to hold outside classes and allow the children to learn more about the environment and nature.
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Through Planet Mark, Bedmax has protected an area of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth. A charity that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Through Cool Earth Bedmax directly supports the Asháninka community in Central Peru.
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Bell View Care Centre: A local charity to us we have long supported them when we can. After Storm Arwen we were able to help them clear up trees that had been felled across the community garden.
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Beach Clean: As we are based near the beautiful Northumbrian coastline, we took part in beach clean to help protect the beaches and the local wildlife that live in those areas.

Our Workplaces & Our Staff

All materials, including paper, batteries and old electronics, are recycled from our plants and offices.

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We have four trained Mental Health Champions.
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21% of our staff are women.
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We operate a Bright Ideas programme to improve efficiency within the manufacturing and improvements within our working environments.
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Living our Values: We encourage our staff to nominate each other based on our five company values.

Act With Integrity

We do what we say we will do in a safe way.

Take Responsibility

You are accountable for your actions and your own development. You own up to mistakes made.

Excel In What We Do

We consistently try to perform better and better.

Open To Change

We are positive when faced with changes and make the effort to continuously improve.

Teamwork

We act as a family and support each other.

Bedmax Environmental, Social and Governance News Articles

Read more about what we’re doing as a company to help reduce waste, work with the community and develop our team.

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Carbon Neutral Website

Our UK web hosting provider contributes to a number of hydropower renewable energy schemes which reduce greenhouse gas emissions by displacing power from higher-emission fossil fuel sources on the regional electric grid. Our provider is powered by hydro-electricity, a green power source that will prevent the emissions from happening in the first place.