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A guide to going green

Aug 23, 2022 3:38:35 PM / by Julie Hadley posted in CSR, Working Smarter, Our Environment, eco-friendly, Sustainable products, Environmentally Friendly Products

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We all need to become more environmentally conscious, so there’s a greater focus than ever on workplace sustainability. Trying to find greener products, and making sure they truly are better than the alternatives, is a complex task. 

Julie Hadley, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Banner, explains what she looks for in green workplace products…

Once you’ve acknowledged that you really do need to make a purchase and other options have been exhausted, you’re in a prime position to swap to a cleaner, greener alternative, but choosing one product over another can be a headache.

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How to create a more eco-conscious workplace

Aug 16, 2022 10:39:55 AM / by Victoria Whiteley posted in CSR, Working Smarter, Our Environment, eco-friendly, Sustainable products, Environmentally Friendly Products

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There has been a lot of talk around sustainability, and for some people it can become overwhelming.

But with environmental focus becoming something we need, rather than want, to implement into a business it can be a mammoth job to tackle. So where do you begin?

There are a lot of areas of focus in creating a more eco-conscious workplace - from everyday tasks like remembering to turn your monitors and the lights off, to keeping recycling bins in the breakrooms and kitchens. However, there are also areas of sustainability that require a longer period of time to implement, like a greener commute to work or switching to more sustainable products.

Here are 4 easy ways to you create a more sustainable workplace:

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Plastic Free July – a personal challenge!

Aug 5, 2022 8:30:00 AM / by Banner posted in CSR, Our Environment, eco-friendly, Sustainable products, Green Products, Environmentally Friendly Products

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With Plastic Free July now over, Julie Hadley, CSR and Social Value Manager at Banner, shares the wins, challenges, and reflections that occurred in her household throughout the month of cutting down on plastic waste.

 

You might expect, given my role, that I’d be a paragon of virtue, but like everyone else I’m time poor and with two teens in the house, I sometimes feel I’m on a hiding to nothing when it comes to the amount of plastic passing through here! It’s harder than you think to go plastic free and requires a real behaviour change, but with my two girls now on board, I’m quite pleased with the result.

 

The trigger was guilt, especially with the knowledge that lots of plastics are ‘wish-cycled’ – you pop it in the recycling and hope your local authority deals with it! Often though, the plastic we put for recycling goes for incineration, so the only way to deal with it was to cut down what I brought into the house.

Given that I’m the one doing most of the shopping, the buck stops with me…

Plastic free July was a good opportunity to tackle my mixed waste recycling output.  Our general waste is pretty minimal (around half to a third of a tall wheelie bin per fortnight) as I employ the following strategies:

  • A compost bin in my garden for all fruit and veg peelings and cores
  • Little cooked food waste as I plan food with portions and either freeze or leave any left-overs for lunch next day
  • Salad drawer soup/stock to use up end of life veg and salad
  • Cardboard and paper are recycled separately
  • Plastics, cans and bottles are mixed separated from other waste and put in to mixed recycling
  • Batteries and electricals I pop to one side for a visit to the local recycling centre
  • Soft films and bags are recycled at my supermarket

With the above as my start point, I had a look at the mixed recycling bin contents and I’m sad to admit that our mixed recycling was 2 bins a fortnight, this included all glass, plastic and cans, of which I’d say plastic made up half.


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Banner and Edding UK join forces to support the Trees for Schools Initiative

May 6, 2022 8:45:00 AM / by Banner posted in CSR, Charity, Our Environment, Our Communities

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Planting 200+ trees with Edding and Tree Appeal

The sun came out for us last week, 26th April 2022, at the tree planting ceremony organised by Tree Appeal and Edding UK. As Edding UK's partner, Banner got their hands dirty as part of the tree-planting team at Ryecroft Academy in Leeds.

Four members of the Banner team - Alex Clayton, Kirk Townsend, Alex Milano-Tee and Natasha Barker - joined colleagues from Edding, as well as a big group of pupils from Ryecroft Academy, and got stuck in to planting over 200 trees of different varieties - helping us and them learn more about sustainability and the environment.

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Truline Electric Vehicles

Feb 18, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Banner posted in Our Environment

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Truline takes another step in the move towards fleet decarbonisation. 

We're committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and the latest arrival of Truline’s four all-electric vans is another step in our decarbonisation journey towards our target of a Net Zero delivery fleet by 2027.

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Choose Sustainable Furniture and Social Responsibility

Oct 6, 2021 11:00:00 AM / by Banner posted in Product, Our Environment, eco-friendly, furniture

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Recently, workplaces have faced numerous challenges, including how to successfully adapt to changing circumstances and ways of working, such as finding that all important balance between home and office bases.

However, throughout this, we have continued to see an emergence of sustainable solutions as an important method of making employees feel comfortable within their workspace.

In today's society, and looking ahead to the future, environmentally responsible design represents a conscious move towards reducing our ecological footprint by saving energy and natural resources. The modern-day workspace should not only be functional, but also be able to sustain itself for years to come.

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Respectful toner cartridges - the right choice

Sep 22, 2021 11:22:39 AM / by Banner posted in Our Environment, Print, eco-friendly

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Banner's exclusive and sustainable toner range

Would you like to achieve high print quality, whilst at the same time using products that have less impact on the environment?

Look no further than our exclusive range of Respectful toner cartridges.

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How to make your printing more environmentally-friendly

Jun 2, 2021 12:38:00 PM / by Banner posted in Partnerships, Our Environment

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If you'd like your organisation to play its part in the circular economy and improve its sustainability, your choice of printer cartridges could be one of the answers.

Here are six reasons why original HP cartridges are a good step towards more environmentally-friendly print.  

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Make a Sustainable Impact when Purchasing Printing Supplies

May 27, 2021 12:37:00 PM / by Banner posted in Partnerships, Our Environment

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There are more opportunities now than ever before to make a difference when it comes to making a sustainable impact when purchasing printing supplies.

HP are leading the way when it comes to being sustainability heroes, thanks to their HP Planet Partners programme and closed-loop recycling scheme.

By choosing Original HP printing supplies, you are making a strong environmental choice when it comes to protecting some of the world's essential resources.

Take a look at some of the statistics behind HP's sustainability programme:

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On a mission to help our customers make more sustainable choices

May 24, 2021 12:36:39 PM / by Banner posted in Partnerships, Our Environment

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From supporting organisations as they seek eco-friendlier products, to helping calculate potential reductions in CO² emissions, water and energy use, we know every little step can make a difference to making more sustainable choices.

But we also know achieving sustainability doesn’t always seem easy. In one survey* of 300 companies, only 2% were able to ‘achieve or exceed the sustainability expectations that were set’, and 81% of businesses ‘settled for the dilution of value and mediocre sustainability performance’.

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