SP Blinds' commitment to sustainability is demonstrated in their everyday activity — both with their own carbon footprint and in assisting to promote sustainable products to the construction industry. SP Blinds achieved Toitū carbonzero certification in April 2012 and since then is undergoing an annual audit for certification renewal. They are the first, and to date, the only blind manufacturing company in NZ that is a Toitū carbonzero certified organisation.
In addition to the 10 years of carbonzero certification, SP Blinds is working to change the blinds industry towards offering more sustainable solutions. They recently completed a large-scale project with the Park Hyatt. The design featured large windows for natural light and views of the city. The blinds installed were Ecoview, made from Trivera CS. This fabric is made from 100% recycled material and has very low heat absorbance, saving on air-conditioning cooling costs which is aimed at minimising the reliance on the electrical grid. They also installed Thermo Block blinds for added privacy as well as thermal insulating properties. It’s also highly fire retardant and has GreenTag Gold certification. Both fabrics are PVC-free, with low VOC emissions and have a considerable impact on energy saving in homes and commercial buildings.
SP Blinds is a member of the NZGBC, acquiring knowledge in sustainable building and the Green Star scheme in order to advise customers on the right solution in order to achieve a Green Star rating. Green Star Points are rewarded for projects that use nominated SP Blind fabrics which adhere to Best Practice guidelines.
As a company, SP Blinds strongly value sustainability as a core business principle. All their blind fabrics are Low VOC certified. Their goal is to help clients achieve design perfection while leaving a very light footprint. They source eco-friendly and sustainable manufactured materials from across the globe, transporting them to NZ using methods that leave the smallest carbon footprint.
They also actively seek local suppliers to replace overseas suppliers; this helps to avoid the emissions-intensive option of airfreight.
When fabrics need to be imported, they encourage designers to choose fabrics as early as possible, so that sea freight can be used instead of airfreight.
SP Blinds reuse cardboards for packaging and recycle all non-reusable cardboards, discarded metals, and obsolete electronic items. They dispose of old blinds by splittling the blinds down into parts and recycle anything they can eg. aluminium tubes, steel etc. All of their expenses including their waste, are offset with their carbonzero programme.
In everyday activities, SP Blinds, despite being a growing company, has reduced its greenhouse gas emission from 31.60 tCO2e per $million gross income to 5.13tCO2e in an absolute reduction of Scope 1+2 emissions on a rolling three year average. SP Blinds support net zero carbon or low embodied emission design by providing a key to their fabric table in their swatch books, explaining the fabric composition, what credits contribute to points as acknowledged by the NZGCBC, GreenTag certifications, and OEKO-TEX ratings for harmful substances in textile products.
SP Blinds have replaced vehicles with Hybrid or Electric alternatives and fitted them with more fuel-efficient tyres. All staff members at SP Blinds are a part of the effort to reduce the carbon footprint in their area of activity. Production staff are encouraged to re-use and reduce waste. Sales staff promote eco-friendly products and the consistent message raises awareness of all staff.
The team at SP Blinds believe that they have an impact on architectural specifications for commercial buildings through advocating eco-friendly products.
SP Blinds is committed to sustainability, both in its own carbon footprint and in assisting to promote sustainable products to the industry. They plan to continue to reduce their emissions to protect NZ and make the world a better place.