Climate change, literally a hot topic! Team JG discuss it a lot and we are all conscious to make wise/eco-friendly choices where we can . Every minute and action counts, even if small, we can work together at home and at the office to make small changes that can make a big difference! The world economic forum said (quote) “The Earth could cross the global warming threshold as soon as 2027”. This is a scary realisation.
It is all very well showing support by posting via social media, making a physical change as a business owner, an employee, and a human being, is really the only tangible way we can make an impact. So, we have listed a few ideas below worth thinking about and maybe they will get the Eco Warrior juices flowing!
We understand as a business ourselves that some of these things can take time so start with the things that can be done now, that are easy and can make your business climate friendly.
Switch to green electricity
All businesses are different in their use of electricity, some more than others but everyone, no matter what size should look into cleaning up your electricity emissions by swapping out providers to ones that provide renewable electricity.
In the meantime, adjusting your thermostat 2 degrees up in the summer and 2 degrees down in the winter can save up to 2,000lbs of carbon dioxide per year!
Use lower-emissions materials
Using recycled materials and eco-friendly goods, plant-based cleaners, recycled paper, the services of businesses who use and practice eco-friendly materials and services.
Stop printing, or if you absolutely have to, make sure it is double sided and remove colour printing and keep it black and white. Adding a green email footer to the signature part of your email helps prompt people not to print too. (See examples of footers below)
“Save paper save trees!” “Think before you print!” “Go green don’t print it is good for the environment!”
If your business supplies company cars, are they ULEZ compliant? When taking taxies do you try and use the electric options? Do you encourage people to walk or cycle to work? There are schemes that the government have set up to support this – Bike 2 Work scheme for example.
Reduce waste overall, and replace landfilling with reuse and recycling wherever possible.
Employees can take part in the ideas listed above and also have input – not only is it helpful to the business but can be used as a team building practice also.
Implement a recycling program
This can cover your workspace area through to the kitchen. Create signs that give a clear indication what goes where to be recycled, composted and disposed of, encouraging your fellow team members to participate. Keeping your workspace clear you may come to find that you have unused computers, electronics, or other items unnecessarily source companies for safe removal and donation and recycling of old computer parts.
Make sure to turn off all lights around the office, that are not needed, and in the rooms that are not being used, also with your electronic equipment, do not leave them in sleep mode switch off completely when they are not in use. Make sure the office has a policy to follow suit, you will be surprised how much you save on electricity. According to a Harvard University Professor, reducing your computers monitor from 100% to 70%, can save up to 20% of the monitors energy.
Save money and packaging and bring in a packed lunch, not only will it probably be a healthier option, but it also saves you money and packaging. Bring in a water bottle and/or a re-useable coffee thermos to save waste.
Most of the public transport now is electric in London, the other option is hiring a green electric bike or go on foot. Should you have the option or need to drive in – carpooling is also an idea.
LIFE OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
Halve the amount of meat you eat; it carries a huge environmental footprint. Meat is one of the factors that causes greenhouse gas emissions, water use, pollution and use and biodiversity loss. Eat more seasonally and locally grown food.
Repair or re-cycle all electronics, clothes, furniture and toys. Do not order from fast fashion outlets that cause shocking pollution and even loss of life
Before going on your weekly shopping spree, go through your cupboards and check what you have that could be used – so many times we’ve done a “clean out” and thrown away packet after packet, of what was perfectly good food we just didn’t bother to check, we carried on purchasing more and more – to ultimately throw it out. Also planning ahead so that you shop smart and minimise wastage is a money saving way as well as a planet friendly way of shopping. Freeze it! If you have excess veg or fruit or milk, cheese even that you just don’t think you will get through, pop it in the freezer and use it at a later date. The other thing is sharing food – if you are going away ask your family or neighbours if they will take your surplus food.
The list goes on, these are just ideas to think about and hopefully be inspired to do. We are all in this together, it’s nice to think that we are all making some effort to work towards a better future.