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Olivers Plants, Earls Colne
Oliver Wass, the owner of Oliver’s Plants in Earls Colne, has introduced some fantastic sustainable measures and is determined to protect the planet for generations to come.
Putting climate change at the forefront of his business plan, Oliver is constantly looking to reduce, reuse and recycle - from rainwater harvesting, to using LED computer-controlled coloured lighting to bring on seedlings, using technology to calculate the perfect spectrum of light needed based on the height and type of plant to reduce wasted energy.
Find out more, visit Olivers Plants website.
Building empathy for people and the planet
Imagine visiting parts of the world to witness the impact of climate change on real people and communities, that is exactly what Rajeev Rajam is trying to achieve with his business Globe from Home.
Globe From Home is a company that is making world travel-based learning accessible to schools and organisations through live, interactive, virtual sessions.
Rajeev who lives in Witham and started his original business in the district has now introduced an exciting climate education program that enables learners to travel to different countries to witness the impact of climate change. Learners can also discover solutions in sustainability from the world's leading experts.
Learners gain immersive and active learning as they get to interact with local communities in countries they travel to and ask the climate experts questions in real time.
Rajeev said: “Our unique selling point is that we are the world’s first company to offer climate education that takes learners to different parts of the world in real time to witness the impact of climate change, interact with impacted communities and learn about solutions in sustainability from the world’s leading experts and scientists. Unlike conventional climate education, ours is designed to evoke empathy for people and the planet leading to changes in learner’s personal behaviours leading to tangible reduction in CO2.
“Research from San Jose State University reveals that if only 16 per cent of high school students in the global north were to be climate educated this could lead to a 19 gigatonne reduction in CO2 emissions. This makes climate education one of the most powerful mitigation strategies.”
Find out more on Globe from home.
Amanda’s goal is to help customers reduce their household waste by offering package free shopping alternatives instead. Reusing and refilling containers helps to reduce the impact of waste, which in turn will help save our planet.
Amanda believes in obtaining a wide range of loose products that are natural and responsibly sourced, so works with suppliers who have a strong ethical ethos and a low environmental impact.
Take a look at Amanda’s tips to help you reduce your waste and watch her video.
Graham likes a challenge. That’s why he’s a world champion.
Graham’s business SAILSetc, based in Kelvedon, has been a market leader in equipment for radio control model racing yachts since 1978.
Being a lover of sailing on the water, Graham is always looking for ways his business can protect natural resources and reduce its carbon footprint. From packaging, saving energy, reducing plastic and improving manufacturing methods, SAILSetc is making positive manoeuvres to tackle climate change.
Find out how Graham and his business are racing towards the winning line!
Find out more on the SAILSetc website
Spains Hall Estate
Archie has managed the Spains Hall Estate for over a decade. From working with the Rivers Trust movement, Archie has extensive knowledge of river catchments and the ecosystem approach. He wants to work with nature to address local and wider issues, which will help protect our environment.
The release of beavers for flood risk management is the first step on a transformative future vision Archie has for the Estate. Beavers are nature's engineers, but long forgotten until Archie brought them back to East Anglia. Finchingfield has a river running through the village pond which suffers from flooding when it rains and drought when it doesn't. Since 2019 these hard working rodents have been helping to tackle flooding, drought and generating lots of other benefits along the way.
Archie has been a big part in helping develop Braintree District Council’s Climate Change Strategy 2021-2030.
Milbank Concrete Products
Arriving onto the historic Earls Colne Airfield in 1985, family-run Milbank Concrete Products is the UK’s leading manufacturer of precast and prestressed concrete products. Milbank manufactures a wide range of solutions for the construction industry, from structural floor beams to decorative curved stairs.
Cement and concrete production produces about 7% of global CO2 emissions, and it’s imperative that businesses do what they can to mitigate their impact on the environment. Milbank has been proactive in adapting its processes to work towards carbon neutrality and is currently leading the way in the concrete industry, pushing to meet its own sustainability goals whilst attempting to influence others.
Milbank understands that its work towards a more sustainable future will never be complete, which is why it is committed to continual research and development. Greenhouse gas emissions produced by Milbank's machinery reduced by up to 90%, with a 35% reduction in particulate mass and a 30% reduction of CO2 company wide.
Join Chris Pygall, Managing Director, as he takes you through some of Milbank’s most important changes over the last 5 years and plans for the future.
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Robert is one of the partners of an independent British coffee chain with a café based in Braintree town centre and is making a difference to the environment in more ways than one. The business sources high quality ingredients locally from independent suppliers to cut down on food miles. Any waste is either recycled or turned into ‘refuse derived fuel’ and is never sent to landfill. The used coffee grounds get another lease of life too, as fertiliser for plants. TOAST strives to use 100% recycled materials for takeaway packaging and uses boxes made from recycled cardboard for its delicious toasties.
Together with a range of keep cups and traditional porcelain mugs for sipping and savouring coffee in store, TOAST is on target to reach a goal of only using reusable or recyclable items in their cafés. The next big milestone will be in 2023 when all the coffee lids used will be made from plants.
“Sustainability is close to my heart and we are always striving to reduce our impact on the planet. We are continuously looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint - even if it means taking tough decisions.”
How local engineering firm tackled climate change
Local firm Imperial Thermal Engineering is hugely committed to innovation which tackles climate change and reduces greenhouse emissions.
The firm has successfully developed three pieces of equipment that use electricity instead of fossil fuels in the function of its equipment, putting it at the forefront of using innovative technology in the construction and shrink wrap packaging industries by finding solutions to replace traditional older processes using LPG (liquid propane gas).
Imperial Thermal also joined I-Construct in 2021. The company was able to make use of the I-Construct mentoring programme which helped them clarify their value proposition and plan for growth.
Find out more on the Imperial Thermal website.
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