Way back in January at the start of Bristol’s ‘Green Capital’ year, we at Sustain made our own personal pledges to reduce our impacts and strive towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Staff proposed a wealth of ideas ranging from cycling to work more frequently and eating less meat to installing low energy lighting in their homes.
Now, at the halfway point of Bristol 2015, we’re taking stock and seeing if we’ve made any progress on our pledges!
Chris Jennings, our Strategic Development Manager, had been taking 20 minute showers and pledged to cut them down in an effort to save water. He’s still looking as fresh as a daisy at the office so how has it been going?
‘I’ve been working to reduce my shower time but I’m afraid I’m not there yet! I’ve not yet achieved my 5 minute target but hope to continue working towards this throughout the remainder of the year. I also pledged to reduce red meat consumption and have managed to get it down to just one meal per week. Bristol 2015 is a great opportunity for businesses and individuals to strive towards a more sustainable future and I hope the city continues to do so after its period as Green Capital comes to a close.’
Meanwhile Pete in our Sales and Business Development department has already ordered his new efficient LED lighting for his house so is well on his way to meeting his pledge to replace his old halogen spotlights.
Finally, a bit about my pledge…
I decided to make a pledge to reduce my meat consumption – something I’ve been putting off for a long time! It makes sense. The way we eat is an integral part of our lives and changing our behaviour surrounding food is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce our impact as individuals. The meat production industry – particularly red meat – is one of the most carbon and resource intensive so any change in behaviour is a welcome one. So far, I’ve managed to significantly cut the amount of meat in my diet to around two meals per week. I’m pleased with how I’ve been getting on and hope to keep this diet up.