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Recycle Week is back for 2018!

Recycle Week’s annual campaign, organised by WRAP, will be running from Monday 24th September to Sunday 30th September. This year marks the campaign's 15th year, and is set to be one to remember. Themed ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters’, the campaign will be focusing on plastics, aiming to highlight the benefits of recycling and encourage people to recycle more. WRAP is calling on all organisations, businesses and individuals to get involved during the week. It’s a perfect opportunity for all our JUMP members to get on board and ramp up their office recycling!
Take a look at the Recycle Week video and get inspired!
Why should you recycle?
Recycling is vital if we want to protect our environment for future generations to enjoy. Landfill is not a sustainable option for our waste disposal – it releases harmful chemicals into the environment, takes up a huge amount of space ...
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Ditching the meat: How cutting meat from your diet can lower your environmental impact

The link between meat and the environment has been reported in numerous studies and news reports, with the meat industry being highlighted as one of the most significant contributors to current environmental problems.

Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, due to land clearance for animal agriculture and also due to animal byproducts, such as methane emissions. Research suggests that cutting down on meat consumption can reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by a third. Therefore, a move away from meat rich diets can have a major impact on reducing your environmental impact.
Meat-free Monday is an international campaign raising awareness of the links between meat consumption and the environment by encouraging people to swap meat for a vegetarian alternative for one day a week. Did you know that giving up meat for one meal a week could save enough carbon emissions to boil a kettle 388 times, or ...
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Successful launch of behaviour change programme at the University of Bristol, encouraging employees to ‘Be the Change’

This summer we launched our latest employee engagement programme, known as ‘Be The Change’, to employees at the University of Bristol.

Bristol is well known for its dedication to being an environmentally friendly city and in 2015 was awarded European Green Capital status. It is exciting to see the education sector demonstrate the same commitment to sustainability, as the University of Bristol has already made impressive steps to minimise its environmental impact.   
Through the provision of the ‘Be the Change’ programme via our specialist online platform and web app we’re helping the University continue to achieve improvements to sustainability. The aim is to encourage employees to take part in activities which tackle plastics, reduce carbon use and boost wellbeing both at home ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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