Introducing Green Roots: Nurturing Sustainability in Every Delivery

Tuesday 19th March 2024

At Summit Hygiene, we understand our responsibility towards the environment and are committed to reducing our carbon footprint while delivering first rate service to our valued customers. That's why we're excited to introduce Green Roots, our initiative aimed at making a positive impact on the planet while ensuring efficiency and reliability in our operations.

Optimising Delivery: A Greener Approach

We have carefully considered our impact on the environment, and as a result, have implemented a delivery optimisation strategy that not only reduces carbon emissions but also minimises driver fatigue. By using GPS technology and route optimisation tools, we can ensure that our drivers spend less time on the road while maximising the number of deliveries made each day.

Scheduled Delivery Days: Enhancing Efficiency

To further streamline our operations, we've allocated specific days to postal code areas, allowing us to group deliveries based on their destinations. Our mapping of delivery routes ensures that our drivers operate with maximum efficiency, delivering orders promptly and minimising unnecessary travel. We communicate with our customer base to ensure they are well-informed, and by collaboratively working together with our customers, we collectively contribute to the reduction of vehicle emissions.

Principles Guiding Green Roots

At the heart of Green Roots are principles aimed at promoting sustainability at every stage of the delivery process:

Utilising Vehicle Capacity:
We create our delivery plans to optimise vehicle capacity, minimising empty space and maximising efficiency.

Embracing Electric Vehicles:
Where possible, we utilise electric vehicles, reducing emissions and our environmental footprint.

Efficient Delivery Schedules:
Our efficient delivery schedule ensures that dedicated postcodes are serviced on the same day each week, providing customers with predictability, and allowing them to plan their orders accordingly.

Meticulous Packaging:
Orders are picked, packed, and checked diligently to avoid defects, spillages, or breakages during transportation. We adhere to the three packaging R's - Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce - wherever possible.

Enhancing Customer Experience

Green Roots isn't just about sustainability; it's also about enhancing our customers' experience:

Greater Control:
Customers can now link their orders with allocated delivery days, providing them with greater control and convenience.

With scheduled delivery days, customers know exactly when to expect their orders, eliminating uncertainty and streamlining their operations.

Reduced Wait Times:
Our stock is forecasting and ringfenced to minimise back orders, which ensures more orders are delivered in full and reducing customer wait times.

Ensuring Success with Green Roots

We're committed to making Green Roots a success:

Standing Orders:
Customers can arrange standing orders for consistent product needs, ensuring seamless deliveries. This is particularly effective when a customer’s order profile is consistently made up of the same products and same quantities.

Proactive Account Management:
Our account managers proactively engage with customers, analysing order patterns and highlighting products likely to be needed, minimising repeat deliveries and ensuring nothing is missed.

By aligning with our customers and suppliers, we're working towards achieving our key objectives:

Reducing Carbon Emissions:
Aimed at achieving a delivery vehicle emission target of 300 gCO2/t-mile.

Saving Miles:
Targeting a daily saving of 20 miles per vehicle.

Environmental Impact:
Aiming to save 6,000 grams per day, 30,000 grams per week, and a staggering 1,560,000 grams per year per vehicle, amounting to 707 metric tonnes annually!


At Summit Hygiene, Green Roots isn't just a concept—it's a shared commitment to sustainability and efficiency. Join us on this journey toward a greener, more sustainable future. Together, we can make a difference, one delivery at a time.

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