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Why businesses should invest in composting their waste

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As consumers, potential clients, and your current staff become more environmentally conscious, your business’s green credentials are going to be increasingly closely scrutinised. The larger the company you own or work for, the truer this is.

As a result, sustainability is high on the list of many business’s priorities. Despite this, composting is rarely considered by businesses as a way to reduce their carbon emissions and help the planet.

While many of us are well aware of the damage being caused by global warming, one area that is frequently overlooked is the huge amount of food being wasted in the UK — despite the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimating around 10 million tonnes of perfectly good food went to waste between 2013 and 2016. As we spend a good portion of our time in the workplace, our efforts to be environmentally conscious shouldn’t stop when we enter the office, and it is UK business’ duty to provide the frameworks that people can use to compost their unused food rather than waste it.

With that being said, what are the benefits of investing in composting for companies?

Firstly, providing the infrastructure and equipment to facilitate and encourage the composting of food waste within your workplace will improve your company’s green credentials. This will make your business a more attractive place to work for both existing and potential employees, and it can be utilised in your marketing materials, which could help you land more clients or customers. In this day and age, people want to work for, do business with, and buy from companies who do their bit for the environment — adding a composting scheme to your existing green efforts can help your business in all of these areas.

Starting a composting scheme in your workplace can be as simple as purchasing a compost bin and a few caddies that your staff can deposit their compostable food waste into. A few posters and emails will be enough to advertise the new system, and it can be a good idea to put a trusted employee in charge of adding the waste to the compost bin whenever the caddies get full.

Some businesses may be put off the idea of producing their own compost because they think the equipment will be unsightly or take up a lot of space. However, pick up a handy gadget like a Mantis Compact Compostumbler and it won’t take up too much room or be an eye-sore. Plus, it doesn’t take someone with green fingers to operate it — anyone can simply crank the handle at regular intervals.

What can your business use the compost for?

According to a recent study by Dr Chris Knight of Exeter University, adding one houseplant per square meter of office space can increase workplace productivity by up to 15%. This remarkable statistic shows the importance of plants in an office environment, and you can turn food waste into fertiliser for your workplace greenery. This will keep your office plants nice and healthy, which has the added benefit of helping to keep productivity levels high.

If you work in an office complex, there may be outdoor flower arrangements that also add to your staff’s happiness and productivity levels. Producing your own compost will cut down on the costs of maintaining these flowers, as well as make your employees feel more connected to the garden.

If you own a smaller business with only a handful of staff members, it may not make sense to start composting yourself, as you won’t produce enough food waste to make a meaningful amount of fertiliser. However, this doesn’t mean the food you and your employees don’t consume needs to go completely to waste — download a free app called OLIO and you’ll be able to share your surplus food with local residents rather than throw it away. This app allows even the smallest businesses to do their bit for the planet by cutting down on their food waste.

Hopefully this article has provided food for thought for any business owners interested in improving the sustainability of their business. Composting is rarely considered as an option for workplaces, but it provides a simple and elegant solution to the UK’s food waste problem, and offers a great way for companies to reduce their carbon footprint even further.

 

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How the Auto Industry is Lowering Emissions

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Currently, the automotive industry is undergoing an enormous change in a bid to lower carbon emissions. This has been pushed by the Government and their clean air plans, where they have outlined a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Public Health Crisis

It is said that the levels of air pollution lead to 40,000 early deaths in the UK, with London being somewhere that is particularly bad. This has led to the new T-Charge, where heavy polluting cars will pay a new charge on top of the existing congestion charge. Other cities have taken action too, with Oxford recently announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel cars from the city centre by 2020.

Eco-Friendly Vehicles

It is clear that the Government is taking action, but what about the auto industry? With the sale of petrol and diesel plummeting and a sharp rise in alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is clear that the industry is taking note and switching focus to green cars. There are now all kinds of fantastic eco-friendly cars available and a type to suit every motorist whether it is a small city car or an SUV.

Used Cars

Of course, it is the cars that are currently on the road that are causing the problem. The used car market is enormous and filled with polluting automobiles, but there are steps that you can take to avoid dangerous automobiles. It is now more important than ever to get vehicle checks carried out through HPI, as these can reveal important information about the automobile’s past and they find that 1 in 3 cars has a hidden secret of some kind. Additionally, they can now perform recall checks to see if the manufacturer has recalled that particular automobile. This allows people to shop confidently and find vehicles that are not doing as much damage to the environment as others.

Public Perception

With the rise in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is now becoming increasingly more common to see them on UK roads. Public perception has changed drastically in the last few years and this is because of the air pollution crisis, as well as the fact that there are now so many different reasons to switch to electric cars, such as Government grants and no road tax. A similar change in public opinion has happened in the United States, with electric car sales up by 47% in 2017.

Progress

The US is leading the way for lowering emissions as they have declined by 758 million metric tons since 2005, which is the largest amount by far with the UK in second with a decline of 170 million metric tons. Whilst it is clear that these two nations are doing a good job, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to improve the air quality and stop so many premature deaths as a result of pollution.

With the Government’s plans, incentives to make the change and a change in public perception, it seems that the electric car revolution is fully underway.

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Consumers Investing in Eco-Friendly Cars with the UK Green Revolution

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The UK public appears to be embracing the electric car UK Green Revolution, as recent statistics reveal that more and more consumers are making the switch from petrol and diesel to electric or alternatively fuelled vehicles. The demand for diesel fell by almost a third in October compared to last year, whilst hybrid and electric cars rose by a staggering 36.9%.

Time for UK Green Revolution Change

So, what is the reason for this sudden change? This comes down to the current situation in the UK, which has led to people embracing eco-friendly technologies and automobiles. One of the main reasons is the Government’s clean air plans, which includes the impending 2040 ban on petrol and diesel automobiles. There is then the rollout of the T-Charge in London, the city of Oxford announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel from the city centre by 2020 and various other big announcements which take up a lot of space and time in the UK press.

h2>Diesel’s Reputation

In addition to this, the negative publicity against diesel has had a huge impact on the UK public. This has led to a lot of confusion over emissions, but actually, the newest low emission diesel automobiles will not face restrictions and are not as bad to drive as many believe. Most notably, German brand Volkswagen has been affected due to the emissions scandal in recent times. It was discovered that some emissions controls for VW’s turbocharged direct injection diesel engines were only activated during laboratory testing, so these automobiles were emitting 40 times more NO in real-world driving. As a result of this and all the negative publicity, the manufacturer has made adaptations and amended their vehicles in Europe. Additionally, they have made movements to improve the emissions from their cars, meaning that they are now one of the cleaner manufacturers. Their impressive range includes the Polo, Golf and Up, all of which can be found for affordable prices from places like Unbeatable Car.

The Current Market

The confusion over the Government’s current stance on diesel has clearly had a huge impact on the public. So much so that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the Government to use the Autumn Budget to restore stability in the market and encourage the public to invest in the latest low emission automobiles. SMMT believes that this is the fastest and most effective way to address the serious air quality concerns in this country.

Incentives

One way that the Government has encouraged the public to make the switch is by making incentives. Motorists can benefit from a grant when they purchase a new plug-in vehicle, plus there are benefits like no road tax for electric vehicles and no congestion charge. When these are combined with the low running costs, it makes owning an electric automobile an appealing prospect and especially because there are so many great models available and a type to suit every motorist. One of the main reasons holding motorists back is the perceived lack of charging points. However, there are currently over 13,000 up and down the country with this number rapidly increasing each month. It is thought that the amount of charging points will outnumber petrol stations by 2020, so it is easy to see more and more motorists start to invest in electric cars way ahead of the 2040 ban.

It is an interesting time in the UK as people are now embracing the electric car revolution. The Government’s clean air plans seem to have accelerated this revolution, plus the poor publicity that diesel has received has only strengthened the case for making the switch sooner rather than later.

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