Andrea Hayes, general manager at Northern-Ireland based bathroom supplier Aqualla, on why she believes environmental responsibility is not just about developing sustainable products, but that it needs to be at the heart of everything bathroom specialists do.
At Aqualla, we firmly believe that style and environmental responsibility should go hand-in-hand, and I am proud to say that our latest collections reflect this philosophy.
When developing our Hanna, Ivy, Edge, and Avante ranges, we made it a priority to incorporate features that not only exude elegance but also reduce the environmental impact. Every basin mixer and shower in these collections is equipped with an integrated water-saving device. This innovative technology ensures that our customers can enjoy the functionality and aesthetic appeal of our products while actively participating in water conservation efforts. We have also taken into account the importance of retrofit solutions, allowing us to extend the reach of our sustainability initiatives to existing product lines, making them sustainable across the board.
To further demonstrate our dedication to sustainability, Aqualla has obtained certifications from the Unified Water Label Association for all our taps and showers. This prestigious recognition not only validates our eco-friendly practices but also helps customers identify our most sustainable products quickly and easily. We understand that as the demand for environmentally conscious options continues to rise, providing transparent and accessible information to consumers is crucial in facilitating informed choices.
But our commitment to sustainability doesn't end with our product offerings. Aqualla is actively pursuing various strategies to enhance our overall efficiency and minimise our environmental footprint. Implementing comprehensive waste management practices has allowed us to significantly reduce operational waste, ensuring that we operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. In addition, we have embraced the use of fully recyclable packaging materials, enabling us to provide our customers with an eco-friendly packaging solution without compromising on quality or aesthetics. Moreover, we are in the process of transitioning our entire fleet to hybrid vehicles, as we firmly believe in leading by example and embracing sustainable transportation alternatives.
Our dedication to sustainability extends beyond our internal operations. We recognise the importance of collaboration and actively engage with our partners to identify and implement strategies for reducing carbon footprints throughout the supply chain. By fostering these partnerships, we hope to inspire a collective commitment to environmental responsibility within the industry and encourage others to join us in creating a more sustainable future.
Looking ahead, we believe that our sustainability initiatives are setting a new standard for suppliers and customers alike. The integration of eco-friendly features into bathroom products will become the norm as more industry players recognise the urgency of addressing environmental challenges. Water-saving devices, like those found in our collections, will become an industry standard, promoting responsible water usage and conservation. Certifications, such as the Unified Water Label, will gain prominence, enabling customers to make sustainable choices confidently. Additionally, practices like waste management, recyclable packaging, and green transportation will become expected benchmarks as manufacturers and suppliers strive to minimise their environmental impact and meet the evolving expectations of environmentally conscious consumers.
At Aqualla, we are excited to be at the forefront of this sustainability revolution in the bathroom industry. Our unwavering commitment to stylish and sustainable solutions sets us apart, and we hope to inspire others to embrace sustainability as an integral part of their business models. Together, we can drive positive change and create a more sustainable future for generations to come.