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10Aug

Successful launch of behaviour change programme at the University of Bristol, encouraging employees to ‘Be the Change’

This summer we launched our latest employee engagement programme, known as ‘Be The Change’, to employees at the University of Bristol.

Bristol is well known for its dedication to being an environmentally friendly city and in 2015 was awarded European Green Capital status. It is exciting to see the education sector demonstrate the same commitment to sustainability, as the University of Bristol has already made impressive steps to minimise its environmental impact.   
 
 
Through the provision of the ‘Be the Change’ programme via our specialist online platform and web app we’re helping the University continue to achieve improvements to sustainability. The aim is to encourage employees to take part in activities which tackle plastics, reduce carbon use and boost wellbeing both at home ...
Post date
25Jul

Where does your recycling really end up?

Yesterday, we heard concerns from the National Audit Office that a significant amount of items recycled in the UK could in fact end up in landfill abroad.

“Most people are unaware that most of our recycling goes abroad,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee of MPs.
 
In the UK we do not have the infrastructure to handle all our recycling so some of it is distributed to other countries to be treated. This means some of our recycling could end up in landfill without us knowing, but does not take away from the fact that a lot of recycling is still processed correctly overseas.    
 
It is also important to highlight that a lot of the UK’s recycling is in fact processed in the UK and that you can find out, through your local council where your recycling really ends up.
 
For example, in several London Boroughs, including Hackney, ...
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06Jul

Will you have a Plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside.
 
In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.  
 
Why refuse plastics?
 
Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – ...
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06Jul

Will you have a Plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside.

In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.  
 
Why refuse plastics?
 
Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – this plastic is ...
Post date
29Jun

EAUC round up and our Fitbit winner announced!

It's been an exciting summer so far and our JUMP team have been busy spreading the word about employee engagement in sustainability and wellbeing.

Last week we were at the EAUC’s Collaborations for Change Conference, where we exhibited our JUMP behaviour change programme. The conference kicked off with an insightful welcome address, which identified ‘lack of staff engagement’ as the second biggest barrier facing an institution in achieving their carbon reduction targets.

Another highlight was the workshop "Points Mean Prizes" by our partners Bournemouth University and the University of Winchester. Both universities spoke on how JUMP's use of gamification and rewards enabled them to successfully engage their staff in sustainability and wellbeing activities and work towards their environmental targets. 

We also had fun quizzing those who passed by our stall on their waste and recycling ...

Post date
15Jun

Local Green Points Spring Round Up

Summer is well and truly here, and we’ve had a very busy spring period with lots of exciting moments for our Local Green Points recycling rewards schemes. Keep reading to find out what the team has been up to:

 
Welcome, Becky!
 
 
Welcome to Becky, our new Customer Service Co-ordinator, who joined the team in May this year. We’re thrilled to have her, and delighted she can join us as we grow and expand in our work with local councils across the UK.
 
Warwickshire County Council renews Slim Your Bin Contract
 
 
Residents in Warwickshire’s five districts and boroughs will be able to keep ...
Post date
08Jun

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: LET’S BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION AND CLEAN UP OUR OCEANS

On the 5th June World Environment Day focused on bringing your people together to beat plastic pollution.

Being so cheap and easy to produce plastic is found everywhere in our day to day lives, from the packaging around our food to the tiny microbeads that are found in our clothes and released every time we put on a wash. 51 trillion pieces of plastic are currently polluting our sea and although it is hard to visualise such an immense quantity the impact this is having on our marine wildlife is clear.

Millions of sea creatures are harmed every year when they mistakenly consume our plastic waste and we can thank the BBC’s Blue Planet for bringing this fact to our attention. It is easy to feel helpless staring at our TV screens begging animals to stop eating plastic, so instead why don’t we take action?

Exciting steps have already been taken at a global level. India has set their goal of eliminating all single-use plastics by 2022, with many ...
Post date
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 ...
Post date
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 ...
Post date
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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