Products of Change


Thu 24 Nov 2022 | by Rob Hutchins

The sun rises on renewable energy at Danilo as team readies for solar efficiency

Danilo has received funding through the Eastern New Energy Grant Programme to install solar panels at its offices in Waltham Abbey from the start of 2023. The calendars and greetings specialist has been a leader in industry conversation since embarking on its sustainability journey. Changes made to its operations already include LED lighting installation last year and EV charging points this spring. “The success of our grant application means we can go ahead with works to install solar panels. We’re passionate about protecting the planet and we appreciate the impact our business can have on the environment. Therefore, we have put a strategy in place to focus on ways we can reduce that,” said Claire Bates, marketing manager at Danilo. “We’ve also started working with Climate Partner to calculate and verify our current carbon footprint. This work will help us set sustainability goals for the business to work towards.” Seeing sustainability challenges “as opportunities to improve product,”Danilo has added new, clear recycling labels to its products and made its desk easel and desk block calendar range completely plastic free and recyclable. “We’re putting reuse, as well as recycling, at the forefront when it comes to product design,” said Claire. “We’ve doubled the number of plastic-free wall calendars in our portfolio this year and continue our search for cost-efficient ways to reduce cello wrapping further.” The team remains an active member of Products of Change and the GCA where discussions on reducing the impact of the greetings industry are ongoing. “With sustainability high on our agenda, we’re excited to see new ideas developed and implemented for further sustainable practices in the near future,” said Claire.