Fast food joints are not places that I go to very frequently. In fact, it had been years since I last went into a McDonalds – until a couple of weeks ago. I knew that they used British and Irish beef (who could have missed the advertising?), but I was astonished to see that they also use organic milk, Rainforest Alliance tea, RSPCA assured pork and MSC certified fish.
Similarly, when I visited my local Wetherspoons and asked them about the provenance of their fish, they directed me to a leaflet that told me exactly why they consider their fish to be sustainable, where they get their free-range eggs from, etc.
McDonalds and Wetherspoons are both known for offering food at affordable prices. If they can buy responsibly-sourced food and still offer great prices to customers, can you?
There’s a growing body of evidence that being near trees boosts well-being. Trees also take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it into oxygen, shelter buildings from wind and extreme temperatures and provide habitats for a wide range of birds, insects and mammals.
Do you have a patch of ground near your place of work that you could plant some trees on?
Recent research has indicated that 85% of all human-made materials found on our beaches are microplastic fibres. These are tiny fibres released from fabrics when they are washed. A domestic washing machine load of poly-cotton will release 137,000 fibres every wash. This figure increases to almost half a million for polyester and almost 3/4 million for acrylic.
Small animals such as shrimp, crab, fish and birds have been found with microplastic fibres in their stomachs, and we know that it’s getting into our food chain.
What can your business do to address this issue? Actions could include changing the fabric you use and/or using filters to capture some of the fibres before they reach our waterways.
Contact Julia on 07904 389889 to explore the options together.
Mike Goodfellow-Smith, director of Quest for Future Solutions, talks to Climate Launchpad about what he’s learnt from past failures and his hopes for the future.
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