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21May

Guest blog by Christopher Wilson - Energy manager at Servest

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The Green Rewards way

The Green Rewards Insight Seminar, held in London last week, was convened by Graham Simmonds, managing director of Green Rewards, who welcomed everyone with a short excerpt from the 1967 film, The Graduate, which includes the line, “Ben, I want to say one word to you. Just one word: Plastics”. The often-debated true meaning of the line aside, Graham hoped “Plastics” would be a catalyst for further discussion for everyone in the sector to think about sustainability.
 
“Green Rewards is delighted to be working closely with Servest.  Our JUMP engagement programme helps clients save energy, reduce single use plastic, boost wellbeing and much more, and there’s a great fit with Servest in its role as a leading FM provider that sees the importance of technology, innovation and colleague engagement.  In recent years much of the focus in ...
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18May

Three steps to take when feeling stressed

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is Stress: are we coping?

Feeling stressed, anxious or worried is something we can all relate to. But what do you do when that stress escalates to become more frequent, overwhelming and unbearable?

This week, the Mental Health Foundation are drawing attention to the difference between mild stress that we might experience on a daily basis and serious, long-term stress that can cause us real distress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this, so it's important to know what steps you can take when you start to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips from the Mental Health Foundation on how to cope with stress:

1. Realise when it is causing you a problem
  • Try to make the connection between feeling tired or ill and the pressures you are faced with
  • Look out for physical warnings ...
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16May

Green Rewards launches new global engagement platform at Insight Seminar

Green Rewards held an insight seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing at the iconic October Gallery in central London at which the specialist engagement company unveiled its new global platform.

 

 

The seminar included a panel session on building the business case for engagement, chaired by Amanda Carpenter of The Legal Sustainability Alliance and another panel chaired by Henry Majed on exploiting technology to embed behaviour change. Speakers included representatives from the Royal Bank of Scotland, the University of Strathclyde, Bournemouth University, Greenstone, and the London Borough of Bexley. There were over 70 attendees from the financial sector, university sector, private and public sectors.

Topics covered reducing single use plastics, embedding the SDG’s and how to plan and implement an effective ...
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10May

Green Rewards Insight Seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing

On May 10th 2018, Green Rewards will host its annual insight seminar at the iconic October Gallery near London’s Russel Square. The event will host a range of speakers, broken into two panel discussions and will end with a launch of Green Rewards’ new global product, followed by drinks and canapés.

 
The first panel will be chaired by Amanda Carpenter from the Legal Sustainability Alliance and will discuss “Building the business case for engagement”. Provisional speakers include representatives from Barclays, the University of Strathclyde and the London Borough of Bexley.
 
The second panel will be chaired by Henry Majed from the Innovation Gateway and will focus on “Exploiting technology to embed behaviour change”. Speakers include Mike Lynch from RBS, who will discuss how RBS tackled plastic waste and encouraged colleagues to reduce their plastic use through JUMP, including ...
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10May

Dottie Allan of Green Rewards receives 35 Under 35 Award

Dottie Allan, Client Services Manager at Green Rewards has been announced as one of the winners of the 35 Under 35 awards programme.

35 Under 35 is an awards programme, organised by letsrecycle.com in partnership with Grundon, which identifies the ‘young guns’ in the sector who are striving for professional excellence, promoting industry innovation and giving back to their company, local authority or community.

Dottie’s work on Green Rewards’ engagement programmes to encourage recycling and her voluntary work with the People’s Fridge in her local community to tackle food waste and food poverty set her apart from her peers in the industry and secured her spot on the 35 under 35 list.
 
Speaking of the achievement, Dottie said: “I’m delighted that my work to reduce waste and encourage recycling around the UK and in my local community has been recognised with 35 under 35 award. I’ve been ...
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20Apr

Green Rewards Insight Seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing

Key discussion topics: Plastic Waste, Sustainable Development Goals, Technology
 
On May 10th 2018, Green Rewards will host its annual insight seminar at the iconic October Gallery near London’s Russel Square. The event will host a range of speakers, broken into two panel discussions and will end with a launch of Green Rewards’ new global product, followed by drinks and canapés.
 
The first panel will be chaired by Amanda Carpenter from the Legal Sustainability Alliance and will discuss “Building the business case for engagement”. Provisional speakers include representatives from Barclays, the University of Strathclyde and the London Borough of Bexley.
 
The second panel will be chaired by Henry Majed from the Innovation Gateway and will focus on “Exploiting technology to embed behaviour change”. Speakers include Mike Lynch from RBS, who will ...
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19Apr

What does a plastic-free life like look like?

If the latte levy got you ruffled enough to swap to a keep cup and the ban on microbeadsmade you think twice about the kinds of cosmetics you are using then you will know by now that it’s a challenge to lead a completely plastic-free life.

 
Here at Local Green Points, our philosophy is that the cumulative impact of individual actions can have a significant impact. So if like many environmental groups, you think the Government’s 25 year environmental plan lacks the urgency to tackle the plastics problem, then there’s a lot you can do at an individual level to generate change.
 
Here are some day-to-day steps you can take to make plastic free life a little easier:
 
The Last Straw
 
 
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Post date
16Apr

Don’t dump! – How to Have a Zero-Waste Spring Clean

Finally, spring has finally sprung! Now the long, cold winter is over it’s time to emerge from your duvets, woolly scarves and hats and instead get out in your garden or start the inevitable spring clean out

It’s out with the old and in with the new, which is great for a fresh start, but not so great for our rubbish bins or our bank accounts. To avoid creating piles of avoidable waste or splashing out on a brand new wardrobe, garden or house makeover, make sure to follow our top tips for a zero waste Spring Clean:

1)      Clothes
 
Clothes should never end up in your rubbish bin! If you find yourself with clothes or textiles you no longer want, you can donate them to charity, swap with a friend, or - if they can’t be worn - recycle them. You even make some extra cash by selling your clothes at a local car boot sale, or save money by repairing your old clothes instead of buying brand new ones. ...
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06Apr

Walking to work is more than just exercise…

Walking to work is beneficial for your health, wellbeing and for the environment.
 
Walking is a fantastic alternative to the gym, improves your fitness and reduces your risk of disease. Time spent outside your car and away from the stress of rush hour traffic also gives you a chance to organise your thoughts, calm your mind and have some time to yourself before a busy day at work. It’s also time for you to wind-down on the way back from work, with physical activity proven to be an effective form of stress release - which you won’t get siting still in your car.
 
Plus, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment! A quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from transport, which also creates poor air quality in cities. If more of us walked to work, it would make a big difference to our individual carbon emissions and help work towards national carbon reduction targets. 
 
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Post date
29Mar

The plastic tide is turning – but have we bitten off more than we can chew?

This week, Michael Gove announced that the UK will introduce a plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) to increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of litter polluting our land and seas.

The scheme will work by using a “reverse vending” process, in which consumers are refunded money for returning their drinks bottles back to retailers. Research by the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee found countries with deposit return schemes tended to recycle between 80% and 95% of their plastic bottles. It is hoped that the scheme will be able to boost England’s stagnating recycling rate, which is 57% for plastic bottles, compared to other European nations who are recording recycling rates for bottles at 98%.

While the introduction of the DRS has been hailed as a success by many environmental groups, some troubling questions are starting to emerge about how the scheme will be implemented and how it will impact current systems in the ...
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