Social and Environmental Policies
At TechnicalNature I strive to minimise (or prevent) negative environmental or social impact that may be associated with our own projects and those that we work with. Ultimately aligning the approach with the outcomes and impact at the very heart of our focus, creating environmental improvement and social responsibility. “Walking the talk”
Sometimes this is not easy (especially when combining the two) but I want to share some of the choices and decisions I take behind the scenes on these:
- When choosing materials or equipment environmental and social considerations are considered, if they have an energy label, make sure it’s a good one, if there are green/ sustainable options on the market – explore the effectiveness of these, if they are certified Fairtrade, FSC, recycled content etc then these are the preference
- Minimise the need to print only when necessary (I don’t even own a printer so use shared. borrowed facilities when needed).
Travel & accommodation, meetings & events
- I use public transport where possible and if time, money and distances allow trains will take preference to flights ( if so we will offset the carbon).
- If you’re not too far I may even arrive on my bike
- When arranging face to face meetings, I will ensure that it is necessary and efficient (if not there is the option of Skype, video conferencing)
- When looking for venues for events of meetings, we will aim to rent or share from community, charity or other social enterprises organisations Alongside this explore the use of sharing platforms such as Echo
Food (Yum Yum)
- I admit I’m not a vegetarian….. but actually don’t eat meat that often (maybe once a week and if so it better be good and local)
- Along those lines if getting catering i will strive to choose and support local organisations and those that supply, seasonal, local and more vegetarian based options.
- We also encourage making and sharing!
- Any foodwaste leftover will either be shared to take home or look for a suitable redistribution network such as planzheroes.
- Currently our energy footprint is low, however we will take this into further consideration when needed.
- Switching off electrical equipment, lights etc when not in use (and will remind others)
- As we and the website may grow then the option will be to move to alternative web host – currently the domain is from ecowebhosting.
- Take the stairs instead of the lift – unless I can’t find them,,,, or we’re meeting at the top of the shard.
Waste & Resources
- All resources and materials we use will be carefully assessed as to need and will be considered for their lifecycle and best option for disposal, repair, reuse, recycling etc – both in terms of the purchasing decision (or rental, borrowing) and at the end of life.Alongside there are also ethical considerations and supporting of local producers.
- Suitable resource streams will be found for those items that can be reused, recycled or repaired while for any remaining waste we will explore ways to either eliminate the need in the first place or who knows, perhaps develop a case to put forward for redesign!
Happiness and Wellbeing
This is important to us, both feeling happy and in good health ourselves and ensuring that we can also support those that we work with. We want our projects and team working to be a happy and healthy experience. Therefore i encourage sharing tips and tricks for relaxing, clearing the mind as well as invigorating and motivating. For me a walk does wonders, dancing concentrates another part of the mind and sharing concerns openly and constructively can take a weight off your shoulders.
Who we work with
We recognise that no-one is perfect (also that many other organisations may even be doing more than ourselves). This said we are very open to ideas on ways to improve our environmental and social approach. We will judge our work collaborations case by case but will avoid work with organisations whose main activities involve the defence industry, environmental degradation or any known worker exploitation.
Predominantly what is important is the commitment and intent to understand and improve!
Please contact us if you’re interested to review, audit your own social and environmental policies and approach.