Statement on the environment and sustainability

We are in the midst of a planetary emergency. Climate
change is intensifying and from rising sea levels to
extreme weather events, we are seeing the consequences
across the globe. Greenhouse gas levels are at an all time
high and without fundamental changes to the way we
operate, we are on course for temperature rises far higher
than the Paris Agreement target of 1.5%.
We all have a role to play in redressing the balance, not
least the business community. When Anna and I set
up TDP more than three decades ago, we were already
passionate about sustainability, be it generating our own
energy, supporting the circular economy by using recycled
materials, or treating people fairly and with respect.
That ethos has fed into the culture of our business and
shaped everything we do. This is reflected in our pledge
to Net Carbon Zero and our commitment to transform
plastic waste into locally designed and handcrafted
outdoor furniture. In recent years we have built a portfolio
of products from picnic tables to commemorative
benches, planters to nest boxes.
From our modest base in rural Wirksworth, we have used
more than 3,300 tonnes of recycled rigid plastic waste in
our products. We take immense pride in the fact that we
are supporting circularity and preventing huge quantities
of discarded plastic from going to landfill and polluting
our beautiful Blue Planet.
Despite our credentials, we can’t rest on our laurels. We
are on a sustainability journey and are excited to continue
finding even better ways of balancing the demands
of People, Profit and Planet. We have teamed up with
consultants from Wylde Connections to implement TDP’s
sustainability strategy and will use that to help take our
business to the next stage of growth.

Rob Barlow

Managing Director


MiM 2022 WINNER Logo

We are very proud to be winners of the Sustainable/Ethical Manufacturer Award at the 2022 Made in the Midlands Awards.

The judges were impressed with our “overall ethos, as well as its focus on sustainability and challenging targets.” And that we are a business “with a long-term commitment to protecting the environment.”

Insider’s Made in the Midlands Awards celebrated the region’s world-class manufacturing sector, recognising the products, innovations and ideas from the region. 


TDP Limited was established over 30 years ago and has been at the forefront of technological advances for the construction, landscape and garden market, with a keen eye for environmental considerations.

Our products are designed and manufactured to minimise the environmental impact during production and end use. We are committed to continual improvement on the impact our activities have on the planet.  All our products  are defined as non-toxic, chemically inert and safe for their intended uses and environments.

Raw materials are sourced from responsible suppliers with whom we have long term relationships.

We will meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the Company.

TDP will actively promote recycling both internally and amongst our customers and suppliers.


SME Climate Hub Nett Zero Pledge

We are already a long way down the road to Nett Carbon Zero. But to show even more commitment in January 2022 we committed to the UK SME Pledge to reduce our carbon to zero by 2040. We are working hard to beat this target by many years.

We will be reporting our progress here on a regular basis.

What we saved in 2021

A year in numbers

Working day to day with recycled plastic we are very aware of how much sustainability means to us. By analysing our figures from using recycled plastic waste we realise how much difference we and you, our customers, make each year to the planet and wow what a success you have been part of.

We work with many organisations including suppliers, universities, climate action programmes and circular economy organisations in the UK, Europe and worldwide in compiling these figures.

By sharing these numbers with you we want to say a big thank you for helping us achieve record growth and contributing to the effort in tackling climate change.

In 2021 we used 350 tonnes of plastic waste to make your furniture

This saved:

2,100,000 tonnes C02 being released into the atmosphere

2,020,900 KWh of electricity

200,000 gallons of oil being used

8,029 cubic metres of plastic waste going to landfill, or our rivers and oceans.

That’s 245 container loads.

199,150,000 bottle tops or 35,350,000 Plastic bottles

Using recycled waste takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials.

Climate change, net carbon zero and sustainability have been amongst the main media topics this year and for good reason. We have been providing environmentally friendly products for over 30 years and it is very exciting to see some of the major shifts in attitude from governments worldwide, business of all sizes and consumers.

As we all embark on this important journey for the future of the planet, we will share our goals, passion and successes along the way.

Our journey so far


Tonnes of plastic waste saved from being sent to UK landfill


Sustainable business processes put in place to date


Sustainable development goals identified for 2022

Aquabox logo portrait

Kevin Barclay, Aquabox Trustee and Head of Corporate Engagement said of us becoming a Charity Partner “There is a clear synergy in terms of ethical, cultural, environmental and humanitarian aspirations between the two organisations and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”


We become a charity partner with Aquabox

Aquabox, a charity project in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, was set up to save lives following natural and manmade disasters by supplying water purification equipment and other aid to people in dire need.

This amazing charity makes such a difference to people’s lives worldwide. Aquaboxes get to the very heart of a crisis and the desperate people forced to rebuild a life when they have lost everything to a disaster.

Aquabox water filters in action in Napal

Aquabox is an amazing charity that makes such a difference to people’s lives worldwide. Aquaboxes get to the very heart of a crisis and the desperate people forced to rebuild a life when they have lost everything to a disaster.