What we present here is expanded on in a report entitled 'Sustainability and Business Competitiveness' published by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (click to download PDF) and also by the UK Design Council (see what they have to say).

It is now widely accepted that sustainable design can help your business...

An important part of environmental management is simply about reducing the amount of resources used, or using them more efficiently, to reduce the amount of waste produced. Tackling climate change, for example, means reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) produced when products are transported or when they use electricity made from burning fossil fuels. More efficient energy usage in the factory means lower energy bills and more efficient products mean they are cheaper to run for the consumer. Landfill tax

At Sprout, our aim is to improve the functionality and appeal of the product while also reducing the complexity and resources used in making it. The result is more often than not that the product is cheaper to manufacture.

New and innovative products keep your product range exciting and allow to you get a step ahead of your competitors. Sprout's design process means that sustainability is used as a source of inspiration and innovation, rather than back-end re-design and detailing in the development phase. This means the design process is more efficient and the final designs are not compromised during development.

Only 20% of businesses affected know about 2004 EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive which requires various changes to be made to products in this sector. This is accompanied by the RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) directive which bans the use of certain substances in product design. Sprout can help not only make the changes necessary to comply with all relevant legislation, but our life-cycle approach means that our designs should be forward-looking enough to comply with future (Integrated Product Policy) legislation should it come into force. The EU packaging directive and EuP (Energy Using Products) directive all support the EU's policy of moving product design in a more sustainable direction.

The reputation and behaviour of any operating company can enhance the overall reputation of the Group. If badly managed it can also damage
not only the Group’s reputation, but that of all the other operating companies. A good reputation depends on keeping the respect everyone involved in our business and supply chain. Our ability to manage our perceived
impact on the issues important to our stakeholders will be fundamental to gaining the trust of our customers.