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Adopting Sustainability Initiatives - Quick Wins for The Office

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Nov 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM

As 2020 starts to wind down, your business might already be looking at planning and budgeting for the new year. Let’s face it, 2020 has been pretty dreadful for many businesses, and sustainability may as a result take a back seat in the 2021 budget.If you would like your business to operate more sustainably and even save a few costs (who wouldn’t?), take note of the following small changes and initiatives that can be implemented in any office environment on a budget that won’t break the bank.

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Topics: Reduce Printing, Efficient, Green Office, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

One Planet Living Update

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

Greetings Eco Champions!

If you have been following Green Office’s blog, you will know that we are on an exciting One Planet Living journey! Green Office has always had sustainability front of mind in everything that we do. From recycling, to reducing water and electricity consumption, as well as ensuring that our customers are efficient and sustainable. However, it is all too easy for sustainability to become a box checking exercise, particularly when it comes to ensuring legal compliance – the heart of it is forgotten, the “why” is forgotten.

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

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

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 – 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 - 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

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

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. 

There is a common misconception that to reduce your carbon footprint requires expensive technology, however this is not the case.  Minor adjustments and staff behavioral changes can make a significant difference. 

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

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, Recycle Your Printer Cartridges

Posted by Kelebogile Mofokeng on Jun 20, 2017 12:11:16 PM

Did you know that more than 80% of all inkjet and laser toner cartridges used in South Africa are thrown away when empty?  This means that more than 12 million cartridges end up in landfills each year, taking up to a thousand years for each to decompose.  

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Topics: Remanufactured Toner Cartridges, Innovation, Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Cartridge Solutions