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.
I asked my son, who is in Grade 9, which medium at school he prefers to read and study from. Without hesitation he said a book or on paper. His first reason was clear, he feels less distracted when reading from a book, while an e-book or screen always remains a temptation.
The accessibility to games and social media is real and one can’t help but be distracted even if on some subconscious level. His second reason was less clear, but in summary, he prefers the hands-on physical side of turning pages and having ease of reference when using a book to study.
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.
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.
Written by James Tooley in collaboration with Zandalee Naude (Smarketing Leader)
Everyone knows pushing print is easy, many people don’t know that controlling and managing it is also easy and has many benefits! Controlling cost and reducing waste are key objectives of any print strategy and there is a simple, effective way of achieving them.
How a school can reduce the impact paper, printing and wastage has on the environment.
The children of today will be the architects and thought leaders of tomorrow, therefore it is imperative for us, as their mentors and teachers, to set the example of being more environmentally conscious and responsible. We need to practice what we preach by implementing an environmentally conscious and friendly zone. Schools allow children to share life experiences and lessons while learning the values they will carry with them for a lifetime.
Topics: reduce printing, Remanufactured Toner Cartridges, The Environmental Costs of Office Printing, Managed Print Environments, Innovation, Efficient, GreenABLE, Green Office, office printing environment
Our everyday printing activities, whether personal or business related, have a significant impact on the environment, which is not usually considered as we mindlessly click the “print” command. The consumables required for printing i.e. paper and printer cartridges, and the manufacturing and disposal thereof, are responsible for irreparable damage to the natural environment.
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.
In today’s fast-paced, tech driven society, students are looking at getting their information on their tech devices as quickly and conveniently as possible, and schools have now adopted the means of supplying students with the access and tools to get their study material/projects and homework anywhere at any time.
Every year, tons of paper is used in workplaces all over the world, in both large and small offices. Many of these offices have actively taken up recycling, but even though it is an inexpensive and environmentally conscious option, a much more cost-effective strategy is to reduce daily paper consumption.