Hayhursts are on a go-green mission to live a more eco-friendly life and reduce their carbon footprint.
We as a nation have been hearing so much about climate change recently, and sadly the facts speak for themselves. With the abrupt end of the last ice age around 11,700 years ago – marking the beginning of the modern climate era – the current warming trend is so significant because most of it is extremely likely (with a probability rating of 95%) to have been caused by human activity. And more worryingly it’s growing, since the mid-20th century, at a rate that is unprecedented.
Whilst we’re bombarded with reports, news stories and Attenborough documentaries about climate change, pollution, wildlife declines and other environmental concerns, individuals often feel daunted and powerless about what they can do to help. But let’s face it, when the nation’s granddaddy David Attenborough talks, it’s probably worth listening, folks!
But how can we make a difference?
Here at Hayhursts, we’re not claiming to be beating climate change singlehandedly anytime soon, but we do believe in making just a few simple switches that may not make a huge impact on your day-to-day life, but could work wonders for our planet. With little changes, everyone (if they want to) can do their bit in small but meaningful ways – and often save money in the process.
The team at Hayhursts are currently collecting all their plastic bottle tops (from the office, and at home) and donating these to a UK not-for-profit community initiative which uses an innovative 3D printing technique to turn the bottle caps into prosthetic limbs for children. And whilst we as accountants couldn’t function without our caffeine fix, we’re making sure we recycle all of our Nespresso coffee capsules at our local Nespresso Recycling Centre.
Exploring paperless options
Meanwhile, we’re starting to explore paperless options for the business (such as scanned invoicing), and in the meantime we’re printed double-sided, only when we absolutely NEED to print, of course. Lots of the Hayhursts team have also moved away from dairy milk, and are now drinking a non-dairy alternative in our offices, which has resulted in much less plastic waste, not to mention the beneficial environmental impact of this change.
Our director’s eco journey
And it’s worth mentioning our very own Donna Blyth, Director, has been active in making little lifestyle changes at work and at home in an effort to live a greener life. Check out her Instagram @donnas_eco_journey for little tips and tricks on going eco-friendly as a family, and turning those good intentions into good habits.