Progress, not perfection

Progress not perfectionIn 2007 our Tread Lightly newsletter explained how we were beginning our journey towards a greener business. Now four years on our environmental expert Geoff Day talks about the progess we’ve been making.
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Progress not perfection Using rainwater for the flush systems in our bathrooms at The Green House has saved around two million litres of water over the past three years.

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Our bike-to-work scheme and staff shuttle bus

have saved around 2,000 road miles so far.
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Progress not perfection Rather than sending our kitchen waste to landfill, we started doing our bit towards climate change by composting it.

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We reduced our impact on the environment by switching to FSC certified tissue paper, printed with bio alcohol inks, to wrap our products. This has minimised the carbon used in producing and transporting it.Progress not perfection Progress not perfection
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Progress not perfection To support the local honey bee population we decided to try our hand at bee-keeping. We currently have a hive with approximately 40,000 bees at our island home.

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To actively work towards sustainability in the palm oil growing industry we’ve joined Greenpalm. Visit greenpalm.orgProgress not perfection Progress not perfection Progress not perfection
Progress not perfection We’ve just bought the woodland next to our office, so this month we’re starting the mammoth task of managing this as a wildlife habitat for the butterflies, birds, protected red squirrels, bats plus the hazel, ash and oak trees living there.

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Progress not perfection
To find out more visit uk.lizearle.com/greennews or get in touch with. To share your green tips and tricks, email ccare@lizearle.com or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.
Geoff Geoff

2 Responses to “Progress, not perfection”

  1. Rachel Baskerville said...

    Everybody deserves a “pat on the back” for their efforts in recycling paper, plastics, food wastes and now even ink! But……every time I open a new bottle of Liz Earle, I ask myself “such a shame just to put the old bottle in the bin”. Recyclable it may be, but wouldn’t it be better to take back to the shop and re-use? Same applies to those lovely bags we have our goodies wrapped in. I regularly take my back to the shop and get my new goodies put in them. Could’t and shouldn’t you be urging other customers to do the same?

    September 8th, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Reply

    • Geoff Day said...

      Hi Rachel,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment, and thank you for appreciating our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.
      With regard to waste bottles and tubes, we believe that putting something in the bin should not be the end of its life: the energy and resources used in making the plastic in the first place is lost if it simply ends up in landfill. The challenge is how we (both as businesses and individuals) stop that happening. There is a demand for recycled plastic that cannot always be met and yet we still throw it away.
      We are looking at ways of making it easier for our bottles to be kept out of landfill – watch this space!

      September 9th, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply

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