Last week we took part in Business Green Week – aimed at promoting responsibility and greener practice among Bristol’s businesses. Here’s a quick round up of what we were up to!
To kick things off, we were thinking global and acting local – encouraging staff to share the issues that mattered to them (from ‘reducing food waste’ to ‘improving and expanding our transport options’) and propose how we can act locally to help resolve them. We were presented with a number of suggestions including ‘utilising redundant land for food cultivation’, ‘planting nature pathways to reduce through-city traffic’ and ‘sharing waste heat and generating locally’.
We then ran a mini cinema showcasing some of the global environmental issues and successes with short films to get staff thinking ‘green’ (or greener).
On Tuesday, we were ‘thinking local’ and ran a planting session using re-purposed milk bottles and left over seeds. We cultivated our very own milk bottle garden containing tomatoes, dwarf beans and peppers and they are already starting to grow!
Later in the week, we focussed on reducing our impacts. Staff were encouraged to bring in a ‘low impact lunch’ for a local picnic on Queen’s Square and we provided some sustainable canvas shoppers to reduce our reliance on those nasty plastic ones.
We also looked to improve our travel to work methods so on ‘better travel Thursday’ we managed to get (almost) all of the office signed up to the Big Commuting Challenge and tracking their journeys.
Finally, to celebrate, we headed down to the Harbourside on Friday evening for some well earned drinks!