Our Sustainability Ethos
Here at TABIC Headquarters we have a personal obligation to make our products as eco friendly as possible without compromising on quality. Living in the countryside and by the coast we see firsthand what impact pollution has on our environment and its devastating effects, so below is a short insight into what materials we use and why we chose them.
Why Brass Cases?
The manufacture of brass right across the world is highly dependent on the recycling of scrap brass. This makes brass one of the most recycled metals in the world. Much of this culture of recycling is driven by the fact that producing new / fresh brass is significantly more expensive and is therefore uneconomical to produce on large scale.
In addition, when comparing the recycle process of brass to that of other metals such as steel or aluminium, it can be seen that brass is significantly more energy efficient. Brass can be recycled many times over without diminishing the composition so it means that the recycling process can continue time and time again, thus making the metal highly sustainable.
Why Glass Fronts and not plastic?
One of the great things about glass is that it is highly recyclable. Glass requires less energy to manufacture and to recycle as it is made from natural substances, such as sand, soda ash and limestone. Another benefit to glass is that it can also be recycled endlessly, while plastic loses its integrity after being recycled many times. However, it does also have its drawbacks as it breaks, costs more to ship because it is heavier, and is more expensive to recycle. Thus making it more expensive to purchase.
Why Cardboard and paper packaging?
Recyclable and biodegradable, paper and cardboard are ideal materials for packaging as consumers can either choose to reuse their box or recycle it. Although not instantly, cardboard and paper will decompose eventually, meaning they don’t pose such a large threat to the environment like plastic does.
Why Oak Mounts?
Oak as an ethical material really is quite hard to beat and has a longevity many other materials cannot match and comes close to carbon neutral status because the trees absorb co2 throughout their lifetime, counteracting the emissions caused by cutting them down. If the Oak is burnt as a fuel it will release the co2 it has absorbed during its lifetime into the atmosphere, but it if it used as a long term material a significant amount of carbon is removed from the air around us. Harvesting old trees and replacing them with new ones also benefits the environment because trees absorb less co2 as they get older.