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 other countries following their lead, including the 50 which have committed to the UN’S Clean Seas campaign. However, our own daily choices are also important in creating the change. 

As part of our Jump Engagement Programmes we are asking employees to make pledges to reduce their plastic use. For example, pledging to only use their reusable coffee cups when buying their morning coffee fix, or using reusable water bottles instead of buying disposable plastic ones. 

Following a successful pilot at RBS in 2016, we saved 500,000 disposable coffee cups by encouraging reusable alternatives, and this continues to increase. We are also inviting our members to get creative by upcycling old plastic products to make something new. How about converting your old yoghurt pots into new seedling trays? 

By encouraging your people to make responsible choices when it comes to every day plastic use, we can generate big savings that help you towards your environmental targets. If you’d like to hear more about our Jump programmes, please get in touch at info@teamjump.co.uk

Bit by bit we aim to leave our throw-away culture behind us and clean up our oceans. As World Environment day taught us, if you can’t reuse it, refuse it! 

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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.

 

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.