Pick up the phone and travel less
Most of our carbon emissions and our impact on the environment stem directly from the amount we travel for business. You can help reduce this by making it your first choice to connect with colleagues and contacts in other locations by Skype.
If you really need to meet face-to-face, choose the train – it’s the most sustainable option. If rail travel is impractical, then consider hiring a car with a maximum 1.4 litre engine. Flying is still OK, but only for journeys over 250 miles, when a carbon fee of £50 per flight will go towards WSP’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Find out more about our Monday One Day campaign that pledges to travel for work one day less during the week
Commute in a greener way and boost your health and wellbeing
Last year we generated 4,600 tonnes of CO2 getting to and from work. As the weather warms up and the days get lighter, why not try walking or cycling for all or part of your journey to work? Getting around by bike or on foot for a few days a week will not only reduce your personal impact on the environment, it will boost your health at the same time.
Incorporating exercise into your daily routine will keep you fit, help relieve stress and improve your overall wellbeing. If walking or cycling is impractical for you, why not look into whether you can car-share to work with someone who lives near you?
Reduce your plastic waste
We’re starting to see a real backlash against the use of plastics from corporations and the Government which is great news for our oceans and the environment as a whole. For every 1kg of plastic produced, around 6kg of carbon dioxide is created, so what can you do to cut down on the amount of single-use plastic you discard on a daily basis?
Join a new wave of colleagues who are equipping themselves with these three essential pieces of kit to reduce their own plastic waste and save money into the bargain.
1) Reusable water bottle
Re-fill on the go, stay hydrated and save money on soft drinks.
2) Reusable coffee cup
Keep takeaway cups out of landfill and get money off your favourite beverage at most coffee shops.
3) Foldaway shopping bag
Make sure you always have one of these tucked away and avoid the 5p plastic bag charge.
Say no to unnecessary and damaging plastic straws and cutlery, and avoid excessive food packaging by choosing the cheaper, loose fruit and vegetables in the supermarket.
Buy seasonal produce – it will have a lower carbon footprint as it’s more likely to have been grown locally rather than flown-in from overseas.
Think before you print
Make smarter choices like printing double-sided and black-and-white, if you even need to hit print at all. Printing less is better for the environment as it cuts down on paper, ink, energy and – ultimately – carbon. On top of this, you will even help save your company money as well.
Volunteer with your local community
You can go even further by offsetting your personal carbon output through fundraising for an environmental cause near you or a local environmental charity.
This blog was written by George Baker, Graduate Consultant.