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Sarah Fernandes

Sarah Fernandes
Sustainability Officer at Green Office

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One Planet Living - Sustainable Water

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Aug 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM

South Africa is considered to be a water scarce country.  In fact, we are ranked as the 30th driest country in the world, receiving an average of 450 mm rainfall per year compared to the global annual average of 870 mm.  Increasing population growth and climate change is sure to exacerbate this, as we have already witnessed with the severe droughts experienced in Cape Town in 2017/2018 where “day zero” was terrifyingly close to becoming a reality. 

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, GO Sustainability

This is how we helped save the planet in 2018...

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jul 31, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Green Office’s mission is to make businesses efficient and sustainable, and what is important to remember is that these two terms are interlinked.  Moving towards a more sustainable business model will allow for the identification of inefficiencies within your business, thus reducing operational costs. 

Looking specifically at the print environment, Green Office has assisted their Managed Print Service (MPS) clients to do exactly that, by implementing various sustainability initiatives – reducing print volumes, reducing energy consumption, green procurement and printer cartridge recycling.

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Topics: MPS, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Environments, Efficient, Office Solution, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry

One Planet Living - Local & Sustainable Food

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jul 24, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Last month, we looked at the first One Planet Living principle of living a happy and healthy life, with healthy food choices obviously being an important aspect to health.  However, there is more to food that we need to consider than just choosing to eat more fruit and vegetables – we need to understand where our food comes from to be sustainable.  This brings us onto the next One Planet Living principle, local and sustainable food.

Choosing local food has been gaining popularity for a while now with farmers markets becoming all the rage.  As consumers, we love the idea of knowing where our food comes from whilst engaging with and supporting local businesses.  We know that choosing local supports the local economy and uplifts and supports small scale farmers, but are we aware of what buying local does for the environment? 

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Topics: Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, GO Sustainability

One Planet Living - HEALTH & HAPPINESS

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jun 26, 2019 11:45:00 AM

The first One Planet Living principle we will be exploring is health and happiness.  When thinking of the word “sustainability”, one doesn’t normally think about what we dish up on our dinner plates, or our wellbeing for that matter.  The reality is however, that a happy and healthy community is a sustainable one, and it’s no different with respect to happy and healthy employees contributing to a business’ sustainability.  This tends to be overlooked by employers, yet it is arguably one of the most important aspects to keeping customers happy – vital to any business’s success.  Consider the following benefits of ensuring that your employees are happy and healthy

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Topics: Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly

What Is Your Ecological Footprint?

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on May 29, 2019 12:30:00 PM

As our business explores the concept and principles of One Planet Living, it is important to understand the science behind the strategy – ecological footprint.  Ecological footprint is the only metric that measures the demand we put on nature, and what nature can give us in return.  In other words, it measures how fast we consume resources and generate waste in comparison to how fast nature can absorb our waste and generate new resources for us to use. 

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Topics: reduce printing, The Environmental Costs of Office Printing, Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly

An Introduction to One Planet Living

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Mar 13, 2019 11:55:00 AM

The human population’s appetite for relentlessly eating away at the Earth’s natural riches and resources is growing out of control. 

A report produced by the International Resource Panel, a component of the United Nations Environment Programme, indicated that rising consumption has resulted in resource extraction increasing from 22 billion tons in 1970 to 70 billion tons in 2010.   This means that the amount of the planet’s natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in the last 40 years.   The report warns that further increases in the use of natural resources will result in critical shortages of materials and an increase in the risk of human conflict.

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Topics: reduce printing, The Environmental Costs of Office Printing, Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly

11 Tips on How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at The Office

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Nov 7, 2018 1:59:30 PM

With the implementation of carbon tax looming in South Africa, it has become more important than ever for businesses to monitor and ultimately reduce their carbon footprint.  Apart from cost-saving benefits, adopting a greener, eco-friendlier attitude will ensure that businesses are environmentally and socially responsible – a major drawcard when attracting new clientele. 

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Topics: reduce printing, Innovation, Efficient, GreenABLE, Green Office


Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jul 4, 2018 10:10:25 AM

The world is at war with plastic pollution.  South Africa has officially made the top 20 of the world’s worst plastic polluters – we are ranked at number 11, worse than India, and the entire United States. 

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