Today is Earth Day – a day when everyone around the world tries to do their bit for the Earth and reduce the impact of humans on the natural environment. Whilst our governments are trying to find ways to make a big impact and reach their climate change targets, we at Madano are doing a few small things to play our part by running ‘Madano’s Earth Day Challenges’ – 5 simple challenges that we hope will make a small but important impact.
The first is a companywide (and we include our wider family over in Canada in that) Transportation Challenge which challenges everyone in the office to use a sustainable method of transport to get in to the office – be that train, bikes or their own legs. We have extended this for the whole day so travel to any external meetings will again be by sustainable means – and it’s a competition so we have an extra incentive!
As our office is completely glass fronted we are blessed with a lot of natural light, and so we are using this natural light for our second challenge – Lights Off. We will be turning off our upstairs lights and working by natural daylight for the day…a plan that can only be scuppered by the potentially miserable UK weather.
Our next two challenges are kitchen related – Cold Lunch and Boil What You Need. To avoid using our heating appliances in the office, we have asked everyone to have a cold lunch – we are expecting a lot of sandwiches! We wouldn’t dream of asking our office to go without caffeine, so instead we are asking everyone to only boil the water they need when making a hot drink throughout the day…something we hope will stick for the rest of the year.
The fifth and final challenge, Clothes Recycling, is running for a slightly longer period over the course of the whole week. We have asked anyone who is planning a spring cleanout of clothes over the Easter period to bring them in and we will be taking them all to a local recycling bank at the end of the week.
And that’s it – Madano’s way of making a small impact on a big challenge. If you see any weary looking Madano souls walking the streets of London today, please do give us a smile!