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One Planet Living - Equity and Local Economy

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Sep 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Continuing our series exploring Bio regional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, the spotlight this month is on equity and local economy.  This principle is based on creating “safe, equitable places to live and work which support local prosperity and international fair trade”.  



The One Planet goals for equity and local economy include:

  • To ensure diversity and equality of opportunity across gender, race, age, sexual orientation and disability.
  • To create a vibrant and resilient economy where a significant proportion of money is spent locally.
  • To pay all employees a living wage and avoid large income gaps.
  • To ensure pensions and investments are managed responsibly.
  • To conduct international trade fairly and without exploitation.
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Topics: Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

Green Office is on a Drive to Make Greener & More Sustainable Gifts

Posted by Aemey Van Dijl on Sep 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

I have always loved the quote:
The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of inspiration.” - by Cornel West

Business owners are becoming more aware of the effect their activities are having on the environment, and because of this, people are showing a greater interest in transitioning from the ordinary, everyday, overdone corporate gifts to now gifting customers with gifts that have “a meaning”. What a better way to inspire your colleagues/clients to be sustainable than to gift them with an eco-friendly gift to remind them of the value of supporting brands that are socially and environmentally friendly.

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

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, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

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

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 well-being 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, One Planet Living, Sustainability, 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

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: Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, 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 the Impact Paper, Printing and Wastage Has on the Environment

Posted by Bianca Beck on Oct 10, 2018 11:48:41 AM

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.

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Topics: Reduce Printing, Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

The Cost of Printing on the Environment

Posted by Bianca Beck on Oct 3, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Written by Bianca Beck in collaboration with Sarah Fernandes (Sustainability Officer at Green Office)

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.

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Topics: Reduce Printing, Printing Costs, Print Environment, Efficient, Green Office, Office Printing, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting