Making 2022 a more environmentally friendly year

Having recently achieved the Carbon Neutral International Standard across our Group, we’re on a mission to look at how we can all make small changes to be more environmentally friendly in 2022.

Each month we’ll be looking at eco-friendly tips and advice that we can all follow to help us make a difference – in our homes and in our workplaces. These hints and tips inspired our annual desktop calendar – which we share with our colleagues and clients each year.

Introducing our themes for 2022

January – A packed lunch can go a long way

Start the year off the right way, by pledging to reduce your plastic consumption and save money by investing in reusable items to take your own lunch to work.

February – Keep an eye out for Fairtrade

As Fairtrade fortnight takes place each February, we take a look at what the Fairtrade symbol means and how you can be sure you’re purchasing sustainable products.

March – Switch to reusable bottles

With the need now more than ever to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we all use, we look at why it’s important to invest in a reusable water bottle to refill throughout the day.

April – Remember to turn off

Whether you’re at home or in the office, we can all make a big difference if we switch off lights and electrical items when we don’t need them.

May – No Mow May – Don’t forget about the bees

For No Mow May, we look at why it’s important to ensure all creatures great and small have a thriving environment, and how planting wild flowers or letting your lawn grow longer in the Spring and Summer months helps our bee population.

June – Make your commute greener

As the months get warmer, and hopefully drier, it’s a great time to consider switching to a bicycle to cycle to work. Many organisations provide a cycle to work scheme, to spread out the cost of purchasing new cycling equipment.

July – Make your shopping more environmentally friendly

Switching to reusable bags to do your weekly shop or pick up a few things in the local shop, can really make a big impact on reducing the amount of plastic bags being produced. It’s an easy swap, that provides a great deal of environmental benefit.

August – Grow food in your own back garden

This summer consider growing fruits, vegetables and herbs in your own back garden, or window ledge if you don’t have outdoor space, to reduce your food miles.

September – Take a break from driving

Where possible, introducing public transport or car-sharing with a friend into your everyday travel can help to reduce your carbon emissions on the road, as well as reward you with some cost savings

October – Unblocktober – Let’s dispose properly and save our seas

To mark Unblockober, we’ll be asking you to remember to dispose of items such as oils, fats, wet wipes, and grease properly – never down the drain.

November – Plan to be more energy efficient this Christmas

As Christmas approaches, switching to more energy efficient and sustainable LED lights will drive down your energy bill and help the environment.

December – Reduce Christmas waste

During the Christmas period, be conscious about how much wrapping paper you really need for gifts and remember to recycle and reuse.

Our journey to become carbon neutral

Towards the end of 2021 we undertook the comprehensive task of calculating our current carbon footprint, working with the team at One Carbon World . This provided a great opportunity for us to look for ways in which we can reduce this, and how we can adapt our operations to become more sustainable as a Group. By investing in carbon credits to offset any carbon consumption we were unable to immediately eliminate, this has allowed us to get involved with some fantastic decarbonisation projects happening across the globe.

We’re also committed to looking at how we can continue to reduce our impact on the environment around us, and how we can work collectively to become more environmentally friendly. We’d be delighted for you to join us on this journey.

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