Monthly Archives: March 2012
Water is an extremely abundant resource. Over 70% of the surface of the planet is water. The problem is that most of it is sea water and therefore very difficult / expensive to extract and use for consumptive purposes. As the global population continues to grow and get wealthier, more and more people are becoming connected to the water / sewerage grid, leading to an exponential growth in demand for clean water. This, coupled with the unprecedented increase in droughts caused by climate change, has meant that consumptive water is fast becoming a scarce resource. (image attribution: Danilo Rizzuti)
As a sustainable business taking action to reduce water consumption is a great way to improve your environmental performance. This article outlines my top 5 office water saving tips and devices that any business can quickly and effectively implement to reduce consumption and save on water bills.
Walk into the average office after work hours and I’m confident you’ll find most computers and monitors left on, as well as many lights burning. The inefficiency associated with small IT left on is significant. Compounded over a year the cost from standby power loss can reach into the $1,000′s and add 10-15% to a carbon footprint. Using a switch off campaign to get people to turn off equipment can be useful but often doesn’t get the desired results. In this article I discuss a number of technologies which allow organisations to automatic power shutdown equipment.
Going green at work can be a great way to save costs, motivate staff and demonstrate your environmental credentials to your clients and prospective clients. In this article I discuss the top 10 going green tips for the workplace. (image attribution: digitalart)
1. Write an environmental policy
An environmental policy is a statement of intent that sets out your organisations commitment to best practice environmental performance. It also sets the tone for your company’s approach to environmental management. Good environmental policies have been thought out correctly, are relevant to your organisation, demonstrate senior management commitment and have a positive tone of voice.
I have been a huge fan of Dyson since first buying a Dyson vacuum cleaner 4 years. I was initially sceptical buying a ‘premium price tag’ vacuum cleaner. I mean lets be honest – it’s a vacuum cleaner. An appliance that at best should be relegated to the back corner of the laundry room or stored under the stairs. No-one should get excited about a vacuum cleaner, let alone the activity of vacuum cleaning! So when I bought my Dyson vacuum cleaner I was surprised to feel a sudden urge to use it, again and again. Seriously, it is an incredible piece of technology that delivers superior results seamlessly. I feel like ‘Super Cleanman’ when I use it and cannot sing its praises enough.
That’s the incredible thing about James Dyson. He has the ability to transform the seemly prosaic and banal appliances into something that is beautiful, exciting, innovative, fun, exceptionally functional and interesting. I don’t think anything epitomises this ability more than the Dyson Airblade hand dryer. If you haven’t used it yet; get your ass down to the nearest public toilet and give it a go. Properly genius!