Posts Tagged 'Footprint'

SERIOUS MONDAY: GREENPEACE SAYS GIVE COAL THE BOOT

 

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NASA environmental expert, James Hansen, has warned that we must phase out coal within the next 20 years – or the climate might never recover.

His comments provide extra ammunition – if any is needed – for the current Greenpeace campaign to prevent the building of more coal-fired power stations in Britain.

Greenpeace is asking the public to get behind its protest by signing up to its Give Coal the Boot campaign.

You can add your signature – or rather your footprint – to its map of the UK here and leave your own personal message.

There’s also an animated Greenpeace video, CoalFinger, which spells out the dangers of our continued use of coal. You can view it at www.coalfinger.com

Susan

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LAZY FRIDAY: HOW TO RECYCLE YOUR OFFICE WASTE

If your office produces piles of waste paper, have you seriously thought of recycling it?

You really ought to. 

Why should you bother?

You will save money and the Environment by:-

• Reducing Landfills
• Save on Waste Incineration costs
• Trees will be saved too

Bioregional has been setup to provide a sustainable Office Paper Cycle System for London and the South East.  They can offer you free advice and support to help you and your business recycle your white office paper waste.  They will collect your waste paper and take it back to their mill for processing (see the diagram below).

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The processed paper is then sold back to your business for reuse.  This works out cheaper than buying new paper.

The scheme is called Local Paper for London.  It was launched by the Mayor Ken Livingstone in 1999.

It has been found that offices buying back the recycled paper make an average annual saving of 20%.

Direct Line Insurance plc joined the scheme late 1999.  The Company’s Financial Director Richard Houghton said:

‘Environmental performance and cost control are very important to us at Direct Line and the nice thing about the scheme is that it meets both our needs.  We get savings of around 20% on our paper bill because of free pick ups of our waste paper, and cheaper paper coming into the office as well, and the nice thing is it also meets this closed loop environmentally so we believe we’re saving all round.’

Other Advantage of Paper Recycling:

• Job Creation for the local people in the Paper Recycling Mills.
• The Environment is saved from destruction.
• Wood Pulp is produced in the UK.  This saves on Transport Costs compared to importing it from other countries, so saving energy and contributing less to Global Warming.

Bioregional can help you to reduce your eco-footprint and close the loop on your office paper use. For free advice and information call
020 8404 4884 or email localpaper@bioregional.com or visit the local paper Web pages at www.bioregional.com

Eva

SERIOUS MONDAY: M&S SUPPORTS THE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE’S CARBON CHALLENGE

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M&S has been supporting the Women’s Institute’s carbon Challenge.  It has hit the halfway mark this week.

More than 5000 people have been taking the challenge, each pledging to reduce their carbon footprint by 20%.  That is the equivalent of 10,000 tonnes or enough to fill 10,000 hot air balloons.  The challenge uses an online footprint calculator especially designed by the WWF.  The challengers simply log in and answer a series of questions about their day-to-day life in order to receive tips on how to reduce their environmental impact.

Some of the challengers are at various stages- some just three weeks into the challenge while others have been involved for six months.  The challengers range from busy mums, young urbanites, over 50’s to the already eco-minded.

Caroline Wilde from Wilkesley in Cheshire said, “I signed up to the challenge six months ago when it began and it has made me much more aware of the little things I can change to make a real difference, such as not filling the kettle up every time I make a cuppa and fitting thermostats to all of my radiators.  My husband has been involved every step of the way and our next hurdle is to cut down on the number of car journeys we take.”

Fay Mansell, NFWI Chair has been encouraging people to sign up for the challenge.  Ms. Mansell said, “Start by making small changes that save you money rather than cause you inconvenience, because if we all don’t start making small changes now, we will be forced to make even bigger changes that will be much harder.

We’ve heard lots of really inspirational and often humorous stories from people just like Caroline, from escaped worms when the wormery lid has been left off , to seizing the eco balls back from the family cat.  It is great to hear that our challengers are also having a lot of fun and bringing their family and friends along with them.”

Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for M&S says, “As a responsible retailer, it is important for us to help our customers make informed choices in their day-to-day lives, from what goes into their shopping basket through to how they can reduce their own CO2 emissions by washing clothes at 30 degrees.  It all has an impact, and if we’re to make sure the Earth is in good shape for our grandchildren, we need to take action now.  That is why we have joined forces with the WI and the WWF.  Both organizations are remarkable ambassadors for climate change-an issue that is of growing importance for our customers-and we knew that by encouraging a meeting of the minds we could really deliver something of value.”

Dawn