Glassmaker Glencairn Crystal has spent £2 million remodelled and expanding its Lanarkshire factory in a bid to go green.

As part of the East Kilbride-based company’s strategy to increase its level of sustainability, re-use and reduce rather than just recycle and future-proof every aspect of its production business, Glencairn has invested the seven-figure sum over the past 12 months into its building infrastructure, factory processes and environmental programme, to ensure that as many aspects of the business as possible are sustainable and environmentally sound.

As the COP26 conference kicks off this weekend, the generous investment marks a key moment for the crystal company, that is looking to become 100 per cent dependent on its own solar energy.

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Glencairn’s investment includes installation of an extensive Solar PV and energy storage system, air conditioning, the addition of electric car charging points and the ambition to re-use and reduce, rather than just recycle, removing the use of plastic packaging entirely over the next five years.

Paul Davidson, managing director at Glencairn, said: "As a socially and environmentally responsible family business we are strongly influenced by the families’ children’s views on the environment, as they are the future of both our business and our planet.

"By shaping our policies and practices around what they believe, we are confident of building a far more sustainable future and, although we don’t have all the answers yet, we’re doing our best to find them."

James Crilly, purchasing director at Glencairn Crystal added: “Here at Glencairn, we have always embraced change and evolution as a business. Our investment in a sustainable Solar PV energy system, alongside a number of key initiatives to encourage the entire company to become more instinctive in their everyday choices, is driving a step-change in the business.

“Our ambition is to be 100 per cent reliable on electrical energy over the next five years, whilst looking to increasingly re-use and reduce the energy we’re using in recycling. As a business that makes premium glassware designed to last a lifetime, we believe this is fully achievable and must be at the heart of what we do.”

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