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Sarah Fernandes

Sarah Fernandes
Sustainability Officer at Green Office

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Sustainability at Home - Fun Ways to Reuse Empty Plastic Bottles

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jul 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Greetings to all the Eco Champions out there!

In the spirit of Plastic-Free July, as well as keeping little people busy at home during lockdown (you can thank me later), I thought it would be fitting to share some fun ideas on reusing plastic bottles.  Although plastic bottles (PET) are one of the easier materials to recycle in South Africa, they are still problematic.  Anyone who has taken part in a beach cleanup after heavy rains can confirm this.  Plastic bottles are simply a way of life for many people, and that’s okay, however we do need to be mindful of what we do with these bottles after use.

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Topics: Innovation, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability

Top 10 Items That Can Be Reused, Repurposed and Recycled at The Office

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jun 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Now more than ever, businesses are looking to reduce costs wherever they can and understandably so.  Doesn’t this then provide the perfect opportunity to look into what items your business is throwing away and seeing how they can be reused, repurposed and recycled within the workplace.  There is always value in waste if you look for it, and the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has merit for those creative minds lingering in the office. 

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

Why Sustainability Should Be a Part of Your Story

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on May 13, 2020 12:00:00 PM

I don’t think I could be writing this blog at a better time.  When the planet was crying out for a break from humanity’s destructive ways, Covid-19 reared its ugly head, forcing us to stop what we were doing and rethink the way that we go about our daily lives.  Whew – perfect timing!  It always amazes me how nature always forces its hand when it matters the most. 

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Topics: Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

Who is Responsible for Waste – The Producer or The User?

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Apr 22, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Written by Sarah Fernandes in collaboration with Mark Valentine

With pollution, plastics and recycling being front-of-mind for a lot of people at this point in time, the question that often springs to mind is who should be responsible for waste?  How often have you looked at the back of packaging after purchase only to see the dreaded words “not currently recycled”?  For those who are committed to recycling, there is nothing more frustrating.  Shouldn’t the packaging producers at least manufacture something that will make it easy for people to do the right thing?  It’s time to delve into the issue of extended producer responsibility.     

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

One Planet Living – Materials & Products

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Apr 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

This month we will be looking at the tenth and final One Planet Living principle, which in my opinion is one of the most important principles for sustainable businesses – materials and products.  The principle encourages the use of materials from sustainable sources and promoting products which help consumers reduce their consumption

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Topics: Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

One Planet Living - Zero Carbon Energy

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Mar 25, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Continuing with our series exploring the One Planet Living principles, the principle of “zero carbon energy” takes the spotlight this month.  This principle endorses making buildings energy efficient and supplying all energy with renewable's. 

Businesses committed to One Planet Living set the following goals with respects to zero carbon energy:

  • To help customers save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
  • To make all operations and supply chains energy efficient.
  • To power all operations and supply chain through renewable energy.
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Topics: Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

One Planet Living – Zero Waste

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Feb 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Continuing with our series exploring the One Planet Living principles, the principle of “Zero Waste” takes the spotlight this month.  This principle focuses on reducing consumption (thereby reducing waste), reusing and recycling to achieve zero waste to landfill.  Businesses, suppliers and customers should be encouraged and supported to do the same. 

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Topics: Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

One Planet Living – Travel & Transport

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jan 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Continuing our series exploring Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, sustainable travel and transport takes the spotlight this month.  Can business travel and transport ever be sustainable? 

Considering that one will always leave a footprint, be it from the journey itself or the waste produced along the way, is sustainable travel achievable?  For us, sustainable travel means making conscious decisions about the travel requirements that we can control. 

Many businesses have transport needs that are essential for the day-to-day running of the business which cannot be completely controlled such as using a courier for deliveries.  However, staff business travel can certainly be controlled or managed in such a way that it has the least impact on the environment as possible.

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Topics: Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

One Planet Living - Culture of Sustainability

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Dec 4, 2019 2:13:36 PM

Continuing our series exploring Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, this month we will be looking at the culture and community principle.  The importance of instilling a culture of sustainability within staff and the community within which businesses operate cannot be overstated enough.  Bioregional’s culture and community principle encourages businesses to nurture local identity and heritage, empower communities and promote a culture of sustainable living.

A company interested in pursuing One Planet Living instills a culture of sustainability amongst staff, customers and suppliers.  Additionally, they strive to assist the community within which they operate financially and non-financially, such as donating staff time to a community project or undertaking a renovation project at a local school.

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Topics: Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

One Planet Living - Land and Nature

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Oct 23, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Continuing our series exploring Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, the spotlight this month is on Land and Nature.  In having an academic background focused on the natural environment, this principle is close to my heart and promotes the protection and restoration of land and marine systems for the benefit of people and wildlife. 

The One Planet goals for land and nature include:

  • To have a positive impact on natural ecosystems and prevent harm, from extraction to production, and retail;
  • To source materials responsibly and eliminate the use of materials associated with the destruction of natural habitats; and
  • To make a positive contribution to local biodiversity.
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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting