Bailey Today: Environmental Awareness

With people now actively being encouraged to be more environmentally considerate we at Bailey feel that it is important that businesses also play their part in this process. This is particularly relevant to the outdoor leisure industry which has a strong affinity with the natural environment. Indeed caravanning can already lay claim to be one of the greenest forms of leisure pursuit, practised as it is by people who appreciate the outdoor life and who enjoy and respect the countryside.

For more information on how green caravanning is in general as a form of leisure activity please click on the button to the right to view the National Caravan Council web site on this subject.

Consequently Bailey has been looking at ways of reducing the environmental impact of its operations throughout all areas of the business. The following examples explain what initiatives have taken place thus far.

Green Business Culture

Waste Reduction
  • For economic as well as ethical reasons Bailey has always concentrated on reducing waste within its operation.
  • The company introduced the industry's first waste recycling scheme which has reduced the amount of waste sent to land fill sites by 50%. We now recycle commodities such as timber (in all forms), aluminium, ferrous metal, polystyrene, vinyl, paper, cardboard and plastic film with plans to extend this scheme to other items in the near future. In the first six months of operation Bailey recycled over 100,000 kgs of waste products, which is equivalent to the weight of 100 touring caravans.
  • The company is the driving force behind on-going work with the industry's major component suppliers to extend the use of returnable packaging.
  • The recycling culture is prevalent throughout the company to the extent that nobody at Bailey has their own personal waste bin with everybody using central recycling facilities instead.
Business Efficiency
  • In a similar way to waste reduction, improvements to business efficiency will also have positive benefits for the environment. Following the introduction of 'just in time ' production systems and streamlined inventory control Bailey can now claim to be the most efficient manufacturer in the industry in terms of resource usage and consumption in relation to what it produces.

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Product Design

  • There are two ways in which manufacturers can look to reduce carbon emissions levels via the design of its products. The first is to reduce the weight of the vehicles themselves and the second is to consider towing efficiency. Bailey has been at the forefront of developments in both these areas.
  • The unlade weights of the company's vehicles compare favourably with the other products in the market place and we are constantly exploring ways to reduce them still further.
  • Bailey has been at the forefront of developments in towing dynamics. Through our sponsorship of the on-going research by The University of Bath, who are widely considered to be the UKs leading independent authority on the subject, we continue to refine the designs of our products to improve the performance of our vehicles on the road as well as making them more economic to own.

Environmentally Friendly Products

  • Bailey currently designs its caravans to be 75% recyclable. Recent initiatives to enhance the environmentally friendly credentials of our products include
  • The use of timber sourced from sustainable forests in all stages of production
  • The use of water based solvent free adhesives in the body shell construction process
  • The use of recycled composite plastic extrusions instead of timber batons in the makeup of our Alu-Tech bodyshell panels
  • The use of a fully recyclable paper coated furniture board instead of a plastic coated one throughout our product portfolio
  • Replacement of MDF furniture profiles with those manufactured from recyclable materials such as aluminium

Green Production Facility

  • When Martin Bailey moved his company to its current South Liberty Lane address in 1960 environmental considerations were probably very far from his mind (the location was chosen because of its proximity to the main trunk road to the South West of England).
  • Today our compact 'brown field' site has minimal negative effect on the countryside. Indeed our urban location means there is a reduction in the potential traffic congestion and pollution generated by our workforce, the majority of whom live within a 10 minute commute of the company.
  • Having inherited this environmentally desirable situation Bailey has looked to further reduce the impact of its production facility with schemes such as the insulation of all factory buildings to halve energy bills and the implementation of a new energy management system which has lowered gas consumption levels by a third.