Whether you think of yourself as an eco-warrior, or are still not too sure where to start when it comes to sustainability, we all have room for growth.
Today I sat and opened a package that arrived in our office. Inside one envelope was two smaller envelopes. Inside each envelope... was a bubble wrapped package. This sort of thing makes my eye twitch and my temperature rise for a second or two, but then I stop and remind myself that we are all at different stages of our sustainability journey. There was a time when I would have happily wrapped something in bubble wrap, and wouldn't have thought twice about the extra packaging.
As both a parent and an educator (and just a human being in general) I have had to make so many choices over the years about the products I use and the way in which I do things. When I first began working in a service, I typically didn't question the status quo (such as putting every load of washing in the dryer, even when the weather was sunny), but over time - perhaps even more so when I was pregnant with my first child and contemplating what kind of world I was bringing him into - I began to stop and think "what does this do to the earth?"
Now, I try to ask myself that question when I make a purchase, or when I choose to drive instead of walk somewhere. Does it mean I always do the most "sustainable"/eco-friendly thing? Nope. But it does make me reflect on my choices. It does make me more accountable. When I began asking this question, we made changes in our service - we installed a clothesline and the children LOVED helping us bring the washing out and hanging it up.
This was a really simple change, bought about by reflection. So, I want to encourage you to reflect on your practices and the choices you make as a service, and to consider some really simple ways in which your service can be more sustainability minded.
So, there you have it! 6 super simple things you can do pretty quickly and easily in your service. You might already be doing some of them and if so - give yourself a big pat on the back. If doing all 6 feels overwhelming - pick one and start there.
For more on Sustainability - join our upcoming webinar "Sustainability: More than a Worm Farm" on 18th February 2021
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