Working and Living by My Values

TechnicalNature’s Social and Environmental Policies

As a small business, at TechnicalNature, I strive to minimise (or prevent) negative environmental or social impact that may be associated with my own projects and those that I work with. Ultimately I aim to align how I work with the filed of my focus, creating environmental improvement and social responsibility.

“Walking the talk”

As a business in the current economy, putting sustaiability first is often not easy, but I want to share some of the choices and decisions I take behind the scenes on these. Please also share your own!

Equipment / Materials

  • When choosing materials or equipment I research and consider their environmental and social standings
  • Explore sustainable options on the market and the effectiveness of these.
  • Support local and sustainability focused businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations.
  • Look for appliances and electronics with an energy label and make sure it’s a good one.
  • Other labels that may guide preference are certified Fairtrade, FSC, recycled content
  • Think and look for quality and durability, ability to repair and maintain.
  • Look at 2nd hand, reused items if of a suitable quality.
  • Support local and sustainability focused businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations.
  • I minimise the need to print only when necessary.

Travel & Accommodation, Meetings & Events

  • I use public transport where possible and if time, money and distances allow trains will take preference to flights. When flying I try to combine work trips and 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 to rent or share, I prefer to support local community, charity or other social enterprises organisations. Alongside this I 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).
  • If I organise or supply catering I strive to choose and support local organisations and those that supply, seasonal, local and vegetarian based options.
  • I also encourage making and sharing!
  • Any foodwaste leftover will either be shared to take home or donate to suitable redistribution network such as planzheroes.
  • I will ensure that leftovers will be composted where possible.

Energy

  • Currently my energy footprint is low, however I will take this into further consideration when needed.
  • Switching off electrical equipment, lights etc when not in use (and will remind others)
  • As the business 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 used will be carefully assessed by TechnicalNature,  as to need and will be considered for their design, usage and lifecycle, alongside the best option for disposal, repair, reuse, recycling etc.
  • I will consider and experiemnt with new and alternative sustainable business models such as rental, borrowing, subscription.
  • Suitable resource streams will be found by TechnicalNature, 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.
  • TechnicalNature may look to improve or redesign products and services we use.

Happiness & Wellbeing 

This is important, both feeling happy and in good health ourselves and ensuring that we can also support those that we work with. I aim for our projects and team working to be a happy and healthy experience.  I encourage sharing tips and tricks for relaxing, clearing the mind as well as invigorating and motivating. For me a walk or a run does wonders, dancing concentrates another part of the mind alongside yoga, and  sharing concerns openly and constructively can take a weight off your shoulders.

Working so much for the envionment and about the environement, it’s important to get outdoors and enjoy beautiful nature, ensuring balance between time online and tech, with more physical activities and making.

Who I work with

I recognise that no-one is perfect (also that  many other organisations may even be doing more than ourselves). I’m always open to ideas on ways to improve Technical Nature’s environmental and social approach. I judge my 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 me if you’re interested to review, audit your own social and environmental policies and approach.