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06Jul

Will you have a Plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside.
 
In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.  
 
Why refuse plastics?
 
Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – ...
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29Jun

EAUC round up and our Fitbit winner announced!

It's been an exciting summer so far and our JUMP team have been busy spreading the word about employee engagement in sustainability and wellbeing.

Last week we were at the EAUC’s Collaborations for Change Conference, where we exhibited our JUMP behaviour change programme. The conference kicked off with an insightful welcome address, which identified ‘lack of staff engagement’ as the second biggest barrier facing an institution in achieving their carbon reduction targets.

Another highlight was the workshop "Points Mean Prizes" by our partners Bournemouth University and the University of Winchester. Both universities spoke on how JUMP's use of gamification and rewards enabled them to successfully engage their staff in sustainability and wellbeing activities and work towards their environmental targets. 

We also had fun quizzing those who passed by our stall on their waste and recycling ...

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08Jun

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: LET’S BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION AND CLEAN UP OUR OCEANS

On the 5th June World Environment Day focused on bringing your people together to beat plastic pollution.

Being so cheap and easy to produce plastic is found everywhere in our day to day lives, from the packaging around our food to the tiny microbeads that are found in our clothes and released every time we put on a wash. 51 trillion pieces of plastic are currently polluting our sea and although it is hard to visualise such an immense quantity the impact this is having on our marine wildlife is clear.

Millions of sea creatures are harmed every year when they mistakenly consume our plastic waste and we can thank the BBC’s Blue Planet for bringing this fact to our attention. It is easy to feel helpless staring at our TV screens begging animals to stop eating plastic, so instead why don’t we take action?

Exciting steps have already been taken at a global level. India has set their goal of eliminating all single-use plastics by 2022, with many ...
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21May

Guest blog by Christopher Wilson - Energy manager at Servest

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The Green Rewards way

The Green Rewards Insight Seminar, held in London last week, was convened by Graham Simmonds, managing director of Green Rewards, who welcomed everyone with a short excerpt from the 1967 film, The Graduate, which includes the line, “Ben, I want to say one word to you. Just one word: Plastics”. The often-debated true meaning of the line aside, Graham hoped “Plastics” would be a catalyst for further discussion for everyone in the sector to think about sustainability.
 
“Green Rewards is delighted to be working closely with Servest.  Our JUMP engagement programme helps clients save energy, reduce single use plastic, boost wellbeing and much more, and there’s a great fit with Servest in its role as a leading FM provider that sees the importance of technology, innovation and colleague engagement.  In recent years much of the focus in ...
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18May

Three steps to take when feeling stressed

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is Stress: are we coping?

Feeling stressed, anxious or worried is something we can all relate to. But what do you do when that stress escalates to become more frequent, overwhelming and unbearable?

This week, the Mental Health Foundation are drawing attention to the difference between mild stress that we might experience on a daily basis and serious, long-term stress that can cause us real distress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this, so it's important to know what steps you can take when you start to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips from the Mental Health Foundation on how to cope with stress:

1. Realise when it is causing you a problem
  • Try to make the connection between feeling tired or ill and the pressures you are faced with
  • Look out for physical warnings ...
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16May

Green Rewards launches new global engagement platform at Insight Seminar

Green Rewards held an insight seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing at the iconic October Gallery in central London at which the specialist engagement company unveiled its new global platform.

 

 

The seminar included a panel session on building the business case for engagement, chaired by Amanda Carpenter of The Legal Sustainability Alliance and another panel chaired by Henry Majed on exploiting technology to embed behaviour change. Speakers included representatives from the Royal Bank of Scotland, the University of Strathclyde, Bournemouth University, Greenstone, and the London Borough of Bexley. There were over 70 attendees from the financial sector, university sector, private and public sectors.

Topics covered reducing single use plastics, embedding the SDG’s and how to plan and implement an effective ...
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20Apr

Green Rewards Insight Seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing

Key discussion topics: Plastic Waste, Sustainable Development Goals, Technology
 
On May 10th 2018, Green Rewards will host its annual insight seminar at the iconic October Gallery near London’s Russel Square. The event will host a range of speakers, broken into two panel discussions and will end with a launch of Green Rewards’ new global product, followed by drinks and canapés.
 
The first panel will be chaired by Amanda Carpenter from the Legal Sustainability Alliance and will discuss “Building the business case for engagement”. Provisional speakers include representatives from Barclays, the University of Strathclyde and the London Borough of Bexley.
 
The second panel will be chaired by Henry Majed from the Innovation Gateway and will focus on “Exploiting technology to embed behaviour change”. Speakers include Mike Lynch from RBS, who will ...
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06Apr

Walking to work is more than just exercise…

Walking to work is beneficial for your health, wellbeing and for the environment.
 
Walking is a fantastic alternative to the gym, improves your fitness and reduces your risk of disease. Time spent outside your car and away from the stress of rush hour traffic also gives you a chance to organise your thoughts, calm your mind and have some time to yourself before a busy day at work. It’s also time for you to wind-down on the way back from work, with physical activity proven to be an effective form of stress release - which you won’t get siting still in your car.
 
Plus, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment! A quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from transport, which also creates poor air quality in cities. If more of us walked to work, it would make a big difference to our individual carbon emissions and help work towards national carbon reduction targets. 
 
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23Mar

Beyond the blackout - How Earth Hour is raising awareness around the world

This weekend millions of us around the world will be switching off all non-essential lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time) as a symbolic display of solidarity for the planet. 

Earth Hour is an annual event and campaign, brought about by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage us to think about the impact our actions have on the Earth’s biodiversity and natural resource reserves. According to the World Wildlife Fund, if we don’t take action on climate change, we could lose up to 50% of species by the end of this century.
 
 

If we don’t take action on climate change, we could lose up to 50% of species from the world’s most precious places by the end of this century.
Your actions can make a difference, join us this #EarthHour and make a #PromiseForThePlanet. https://t.co/mi6WMjqcru pic.twitter.com/m4ecWvwQEw

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) 18 March 2018
 
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28Feb

The World’s Most Successful Companies Treat People Differently

 

Only 30% of employees are engaged in their jobs, which means the other 70% of our workforce are getting paid to eat, sleep, work, repeat. Finding a way to address this vast amount of people who are sleep-walking through their jobs is the task of Glen Elliot, in his new book: Build it – the Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement.

 

 
The book made its debut on the 23rd February and is already an Amazon bestseller, with endorsements from New York Times bestselling author Daniel H Pink, Netflix former Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord and CEO and bestselling author Margaret Heffernan. So what makes the book so special?
 
Build it emphasises the importance of employee wellbeing, and it presents a compelling business case for having a happier ...
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