Ho, ho, ho! Have a sustainable Christmas and a socially responsible New Year!
‘Tis the season to be wasteful,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
According to estimates by the Waste and Resources Action Programme, WRAP, around 1 billion Christmas cards get binned every year, along with nearly 5,000 tonnes of tin foil, over 10,000 tonnes of glass (all those empty sherry bottles) and enough wrapping paper to stretch to the moon. Imagine that!
And that’s without all the plastic and cardboard packaging that gifts arrive in, and the toys and gadgets they replace that will often be thrown out.
Then there’s all the extra energy used by Christmas lights and decorations, the additional car journeys as everyone pops into town to go shopping, and a mountain of food waste too.
All things considered, Christmas comes with a hefty environmental price tag.
The good news is that recycling is now easier than ever before, which means you can play your part andÂ help keep up the good work by ensuring you recycle as much of your festive waste as you can. To check what can be recycled where you live, just pop your postcode into www.recyclenow.com or check on your local council website. You can even recycle real Christmas trees, and if your local council doesn’t offer this service, you could always enjoy a trip to the fabulous National Trust red squirrel sanctuary at Formby where they’ll take your Christmas tree and use it to help protect internationally important sand dunes nearby (look out to see if there are similar schemes nearer to you). To avoid wasting food, only prepare what you need and then useÂ savoury leftovers to make soups and casseroles, and turn unwanted fruit into smoothies or jam.
That’s at home, what about at work?
Well, first of all, don’t forget that like dogs, sustainability is for life, not just for Christmas 😉
The headline here is “don’t be like Santa”!
You might not be all that certain about the benefits of sustainability and CSR, but trust us, you won’t be able to ignore it forever – soon, you’ll see your competitors edging ahead of you as they find ways to be more thrift with raw materials, water and energy, cutting waste, recycling more, improving morale, attracting better and more productive and committed talent, saving money, and boosting profits that they can reinvest in further growth.
If you can’t join them in 2017, beat them. To get serious about sustainability and CSR, start here.
Best wishes from all of us at Remsol
We close the office on Tuesday 20th December but will be back on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy (and sustainable) New Year.