Sustainability

Sustainability

As an interiors company with roots firmly embedded in reusing and recycling, sustainability has been at the core of Bert & May since day one. We’re all about handmade products that are built to last, we hate waste, and we are passionate about reclaiming old materials to be used in new settings. But we know that to run our business as sustainably as possible, eco-friendly practices need to run through absolutely everything that we do. Here’s an overview of what we currently have in place:

Packaging

All our packaging is cardboard, and we will always avoid plastic where possible. 

Bulk shipping

Shipping in bulk means the mileage per tile is much less than it would be if we shipped each lot individually, so we’re moving towards making it happen as much as possible. 

Natural colours

All our colours are chemical-free and created by hand using natural pigments and minerals.

Boosting UK stock levels

We stock as many tiles as we can at our warehouse in Yorkshire so we can dramatically reduce our use of lorries and shipments.

An ongoing commitment to repurposing reclaimed materials

To enable us to continue what we started, we still regularly salvage antique tiles and have a team in Spain who are always on the lookout for finds. These tiles have usually been in the buildings we find them in for over 100 years, we just clean them up and give them a new lease of life. It’s the very definition of recycling: converting waste into new usable material, and something that will forever remain at the heart of our business.

Watch our makers clean our reclaimed tiles...

If you have any questions about our sustainability mission, please do not hesitate to get in touch.