Bellshill company Tinto Toners won plaudits for putting sustainability at the heart of its business at a major environmental awards recently.
The company, which supplies high quality remanufactured toner cartidges to businesses across Europe, was commended in the Circular Economy category in the annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.
The award was presented at a ceremony held in Edinburgh’s Sheraton Hotel.
The VIBES Awards is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme which recognises and rewards businesses that contribute to the country’s sustainable development by taking significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment.
Following a record number of entries, 27 Scottish businesses were shortlisted for the 2015 awards.
A rigorous judging process was undertaken, including a programme of site visits, to assess the environmental practices of each of the finalists.
The awards aim to encourage efficient use of resources, enhance business competitiveness, improve environmental performance and support wider sustainable development goals.
Gillian Bruce, Chair of the VIBES Awards, said: “We would like to congratulate all our 2015 winners and finalists.
“The standard of entries this year was very high with many companies demonstrating how putting sustainability at the heart of their business operations can also benefit the bottom line.
“The winners impressed the VIBES judges throughout the process with their commitment to environmental excellence.
“We have had a great day celebrating their achievements and hope many more companies will be inspired to follow their example by recognising the benefits of sustainability in business.”
Each of the 2015 VIBES winners is now eligible to enter the 2016 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).
In 2014 six out of the 12 entries representing the UK were chosen from previous VIBES Awards winners, putting Scotland firmly on the map when it comes to sustainable business models.
The VIBES Awards is a strategic partnership between Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust and the 20:20 Climate Group.
Supporters include the CBI Scotland and the Federation of Small Businesses.