Cambee flag outside with branding
Plywood blocks in the workshop

Sustainability

Making our business eco-friendly

We want to make a difference!

Core to our business is taking responsibility for the products we make and how we produce them. This is for our customers, our team, and the planet. We adhere to the principal that all businesses have an essential role to play in making a positive contribution to mitigating climate change.

Whilst of course we are aware that, like all vehicles, the process of creating a brand new van has a big environmental footprint, we do everything we possibly can to offset the impact of the construction process with our conversions.

And here’s how we’re doing it.

Built for Life

We want every Cambee driving away from our workshop to have the longest, happiest life with its new family. As a VW campervan conversion specialist, we know that the VW transporter galvanised shell really lasts, with many of the early 2003 models still showing little, if any, rust – impressive for a commercial vehicle! This means you’ll need to replace the base vehicle less frequently than other similar vehicles.

A campervan is a big investment, but has been shown to last significantly longer than most modern cars. With the love and care many campers receive you can expect a Cambee to last 25 years and more. It’s our mission to ensure that the inside of your conversion outlasts the van it sits in.

By using hardwood ply and innovative design we can machine intricate joints and parts in order to avoid the use of plastic fittings. Instead, we make tough ones from timber and metal that are also designed for easy disassembly, so they’re quick and simple to fix should anything need repairing. Essentially, we build in durability, and build out obsolescence.

We also convert many second-hand vehicles which gives those vans a new lease of life. Every additional year that you use your van reduces its relative impact on the environment per mile travelled.

Sustainable materials

We use hard-wearing birch ply throughout our campervan interiors. Not only is it incredibly robust and long lasting, but being stronger means we can use thinner ply, saving space and also making it lighter than other options. This means it’s great for the fuel efficiency of your van.

Our birch is sourced from sustainable forests in Europe, where the wood is indigenous to the region. This reduces the environmental impact and strain of growing and harvesting non-native species, and supports local ecosystems and wildlife.

The Formica used to get that coveted Cambee ‘look’ is formed from compressed paper and resin, and is super-durable meaning you should get years and years of enjoyment from your finished van.

Local Suppliers

One thing we’re keen on at Cambee is getting the miles under our wheels when out and about. But something we’re trying hard to minimise are the miles your camper does before you’re even at the wheel!

We’re delighted to say that 20 of our crucial suppliers are local to us in the South West, more precisely within Devon and Somerset.

  

Repurposed Premises

Our commitment to sustainability reaches into every corner of Cambee. Almost 3 years ago, the business had grown sufficiently, and the time had come to move to bigger premises.

We could easily have plumped for a shiny, new unit on a recently developed business park, but instead we found a 1980’s brown field site, with a well-built, but tired and rather rundown building.

Since then we have repurposed the site and continue to improve the building as Cambee expands, bringing a longer life to an existing business premises, and new life to a local area which is in need of regeneration.

Carbon Offsetting

To offset our team’s impact on the environment we are using Ecologi to create a Climate Positive Workforce and put us on a trajectory for a zero-carbon Britain.

We are proud to support this fantastic scheme which plants trees, invests in large scale renewable energies and, crucially, smaller scale projects which have real benefits for communities in developing countries.

Head over to our Carbon Offset page and check out the growing forest of trees planted in Madagascar, which are capturing our workforce’s carbon, and for more info on this subject.

Powering Our Production

We also get all our electricity from Founders of the Global Green Energy Movement, Ecotricty, the first green energy company in the UK who reinvest their profits to build more windfarms, solar systems and now green gas!

 

Zero To Landfill Waste

All our waste is managed by ace recyclers DVW who recycling what they can, and make electricity from the rest. We have burned 2 tons of waste in the last 12 months – producing around 1200kWh of electricity. This is the equivalent of approximately 3 weeks of production, in other words enough electricity to build 2 campervans!

Zero Carbon Hosting

The beautiful website you are currently viewing is brought to you by Kualo Hosting and is powered by 100% renewable energy.

Often overlooked as we spend more time online, are the staggering power demands of the data centres and servers that store and deliver the internet services we depend upon. By choosing to host our website using a company powered by green energy, we are connecting to a more sustainable future.

Personal commitment

We really do practice what we preach here at Cambee. Many of the team own campervans and spend a whole lot of time in them embarking on low impact adventures.  We’re conscious of our surroundings and ensure that any road trips we take on are done so with mindfulness and as sustainably as possible – eating locally, supporting small, local enterprises, seeking out low impact sites and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Please do get in touch with us if you’d like any hints and tips on making your own adventures a little more environmentally friendly – or if you have any recommendations for us, we always want to learn more! 

Electric Campervans

One question on everyone’s mind is ‘How can I go greener?’ and if you’re thinking of going electric for your campervanning trips, then this is for you!

Electric Campervans

How Green Is A Campervan?

If you’re wondering whether your campervan is a green crusader or an environmental disaster, then get the lowdown from our indepth look at campervanning as we take stock to consider the environment.

How Green Is A Campervan?

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