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11 April, 2007

The Swift Group's initiatives are helping the environment

Recycling waste and reducing carbon emissions has been high on the agenda for Britain’s largest manufacturer of touring caravans and motorhomes the Swift Group for many years.

Indeed 10 years ago Swift was hailed as being at the cutting edge of recycling when it featured in a local government video on the subject.

Richard White, Swift Marketing Director, said: “The Swift Group takes the environmental situation and global warming very seriously.

“To reduce global emissions associated with the production and use of the company’s touring caravans and motorhomes is a key part of our strategy going forward.”


Examples of how Swift is helping to reduce waste and energy consumption:

  • All waste paper and cardboard recycled.
  • Timber waste recycled and used to produce MDF.
  • All sawdust recycled for MDF.
  • Windows delivered in specially-made crates which are then returned to the supplier to be refilled and used again.
  • All timber used now comes from sustainable sources so that for each tree felled, another is planted.
  • All waste segregated into separate streams, of which a significant proportion is recycled either by suppliers or recycling agencies.
  • Vast majority of suppliers now use returnable packaging when sending components to Swift to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill.
  • Reducing the weight of the group’s touring caravans and motorhomes is a key element in the design process to make them as light as possible to be more fuel-efficient.
  • Swift holiday homes are designed to be as energy efficient as possible.
  • Ongoing energy conservation programme in the factory, which resulted in a 15% reduction in the amount of electricity used in 2006 compared to 2005.
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