Statement on the environment and sustainability

In the broadest sense, sustainability means the ability of something to maintain or “sustain” itself over time and climate change has pushed this to the top of the world agenda. The 3 main pillars of sustainability are environmental, social and economic or informally as planet, people and business. But what can we, as individuals, or a business do to maintain a balance between our activities now and for future generations?

Lifespan can be a simpler way to describe and explain our journey and plans. The philosophy and way a company communicates and interacts with customers has to come from the heartbeat of the company.  When Anna and I set up TDP over 30 years ago, we both felt very passionate about how we treat everyone we deal with, from employees, suppliers and customers to the products we make, and the local and wider environment.

All the products we sell are designed to last many years, if not decades with as little impact on the planet as possible. A number of our team have been with us for over 20 years and we still have many suppliers that we have used since the start. So at the core of TDP you can see that sustainably and lifespan plays a vital role.

We were early adapters of renewable energy, from solar power for hot water in the early 1990’s, later a small wind turbine, which is now 14 years old, to early Hybrid cars. This  might lead you to an image of environmental warriors or tree huggers, but not so, just quietly trying to do things the right way, with technology that will last. In business terms our aim is to always make sustainable living achievable, and easy for our customers to enjoy through good product choice.

Communicating this philosophy has not been our strong point as we just get on with it. The very high level of returning customers tells us we have been on the right track for many years but now is the time for us to explain, in more detail, where we are and what we plan for the future in relation to those three main pillars mentioned above.

A quick insight to how seriously we are treating this can be found in our pledge to Net Carbon Zero. It would be very easy for us to offset our carbon with the amount of carbon saving from the recycled plastic waste we use for our furniture each year. This more than covers our energy use, but I am not prepared to greenwash, even with our own offset, never mind buying someone else’s carbon credits or just by planting trees.

Rob Barlow

Managing Director



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.