Single Use Plastics
- We will avoid single use plastics as much as possible. use of reusable containers should be the norm within our operations, any plastic containers such as jars, bottles and tubs that are deemed vital to operations should ideally be reused to have a long term usage.
- Products with microbeads or other micro plastic components should not be knowingly used in our operations. Disposal of small plastic items deemed vital to operations should be disposed of responsibly, ideally by being stored / compressed into a bottle so as not to disperse in the local environment.
Leave no trace / Environmental impact
- Not disturbing local environments is at the very heart of what we do. All sessions should leave no trace where possible. Where disruption does occur (muddy patches for example) suitable steps should be taken to repair this interaction, and time be given for that area to heal back to it’s natural state before it is used again.
- On both land and water sufficient steps should be taken to not introduce invasive species to the local ecosystem such as insect’s plant life and waterborne organisms.
Typically this will be in the form of making sure equipment is sufficiently cleaned between use on multiple sites.
Sustainable Resources and Pollution
1. Where possible we will use fuels from ethical and sustainable sources, this includes logs, charcoal and bioethanol. Petrochemical fuels such as hexane, propane, methylated spirit etc, should be only used if no other option is available, or that it is mandated in the sites standing orders or risk assessment.
2. Products that leave polluting bi-products such as chemical toilets, should only be used if no other option exists, and if used should be disposed of in the correct manor. If used, care should be taken to ensure that a product with the lowest impact to the environment is chosen.
Upcycling and Recycling
As a company we believe in ‘non processed’ recycling. Where possible and suitable we will source inventory from second hand sources. This may include charity shops, second hand sales listed on sites like Ebay and military surplus outlets.
We also believe strongly in upcycling and repurposing items for different usages, provided that it is appropriate and safe to do so.
Once an item is at the end of it’s usable life it will then be disposed of by means of processed recycling.
We will whenever possible source food from local food waste organisations such as social shops.
If we have surplus food that is good to eat we will give it to local food banks, and waste material that is compostable will be composted on site and compost will be used for growing vegetables for the project.
Unnecessary travel should be minimised and where appropriate video calls should take precedence over face to face meetings that require travel.
Where travel is required in staff / volunteers own vehicles, a preferential travel allowance will be given to any hybrid vehicle, electric vehicle or conventional vehicle that can maintain 55 mpg or higher.