Ho Ho Hold on a minute! Read this before you tuck into your mince pies …

Christmas is finally here and we are all about to head out of the office to start our festivities! Before you do make sure you read our all-important tips for having a greener Christmas:

1.       Leaving the office

Before heading out of the office for your Christmas break today don’t forget to do a final sweep of your office and switch off all electronic equipment. Turning computers and monitors off at night can save a whopping £35 a year per desk! So make sure you have systems in place to ensure no energy is wasted over the holiday period, like a last-one-out checklist, or signs to remind everyone to switch off.

2.       Energy at home

 You’ll be using a lot more energy at this time of year, with Christmas lights, music and TVs on for more hours than usual. So when you’re not using your electronic appliances make a conscious effort to switch everything off! You’ll be saving the planet and saving money on your energy bills. You could also switch to LED lights to save yourself up to 90% or more on power costs. 

3.       Waste less!

 It’s especially important at Christmas time to try and minimise waste, with most of us wasting more at Christmas than we do the rest of the year. There will be a lot more unusual items to look out for and remember to dispose of properly – like your Christmas tree! If you’ve got an artificial tree – well done, you can sip smugly on your mulled wine and when it’s all over store it away safely for next year and reuse it again. If you have bought a real tree, make sure to check if it can be recycled in your local area along with garden waste – if not make sure to take it to your local household waste and recycling centre. 

4.       Transport

Heading home for Christmas? Try and combine your journey with someone heading the same way or use a sustainable form of public transport when you can, such as a train over a plane when the distance isn’t too far. Shopping trips are also journeys that can be combined. So to reduce cars on the road, why not check with your family or friends to see if you can tackle the dreaded last minute Christmas dash around the shops together.

5.        Gifts

Positive purchasing is something we can all think about when buying gifts. Check the products you are buying to see if they are sustainably sourced, Fairtrade or carbon neutral so you can minimise your impact on the environment. Most importantly – buy gifts that last and don’t buy into our break, replace, fast-fashion culture! All that’s left to say from us is have a merry, sustainable Christmas and we’ll be back in the New Year with some much-needed wellbeing tips! The Jump Team

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Bethany Fruen

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.

 

Lawrence Mitchell

Change Management

Lawrence Mitchell

I am Chief Customer Officer of SumoSalad, former Chief Marketing Officer at RELX: Risk & Analytics and Founder of RAW Energy. Having worked in publishing for 20 years, living through the first phases of the digital revolution, I’m used to disruption, uncertainty and transformation. But through all of this, my belief in putting the customer at the heart of an organisation by leveraging data analytics has helped multiple brands innovate, evolve and transform. 

I’m a huge advocate for promoting wellness in the workplace which is central to our Jump mission, and created the award-winning RBI Living Well programme. Through my RAW Energy platform, I support business and community leaders to be more resilient, more authentic and more focused on wellbeing.  A regular contributor to marketing, customer experience and wellness forums, I’ve written three books including Success without Stress: How to Prevent Burnout and Build Resilience for Optimal Health & Performance. 

Mark Lance

Finance & Company Secretary

Mark Lance

I helped Graham set up Jump in 2011 and it’s great to be involved in such a dynamic, growing business where I can apply my specialism in corporate compliance to ensure we are meeting our statutory and financial obligations.  I am an associate of the Association of International Accountants (for whom I also act as a quality advisor) and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. 

Alongside Jump, I’m a director of Cornhill Group, a corporate service business in London advising the boards of businesses in a wide variety of sectors including shipping, energy, media and aviation, and I’m also a director of a global energy trader. 

Rob Metcalfe

PR & Marketing

Rob Metcalfe

Alongside Jump, I’ve been helping clients get their message across for over 30 years,
most recently as chief executive of Richmond & Towers, the longest
established public relations consultancy in the UK.  A Chartered Marketer,
I’m increasingly helping clients frame their message around sustainability,
particularly in food, waste and energy. The Guardian once described me as being
the “evil genius who got us all hooked on avocados”, a claim I don’t deny.

Since helping Graham get Jump set up in 2011 I’ve enjoyed communicating about a
subject where there is a great willingness among companies and individuals to
do the right thing,  but understanding what practical action to take isn’t
always obvious. 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

Graham Simmonds

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work. 

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