World Environment Day 2016 – Why the healthcare sector has a key role to play in the fight against climate change

mydentist has put together a press release which discusses why the healthcare sector has a key role to play in the fight against climate change. They’ve also highlighted their recent efforts to greenproof their own operations.


mydentist calls for the healthcare industry to keep driving eco-friendly changes

United Nations set to hold its ‘World Environment Day’ awareness-raising event on June 5th

NHS has reduced its emissions by 11% since 2007

mydentist highlights recent efforts to greenproof its own operations

The healthcare industry – which spends more than £400 million a year on energy[1] – must continue to lead the charge in the global fight against climate change.

This is according to Charlotte May, who heads up the Environmental Committee for Europe’s leading dental provider, mydentist.

As we prepare to mark ‘World Environment Day’ on June 5than initiative created by the United Nations to raise awareness of global environmental issues – Charlotte highlighted some of the steps that mydentist has taken to “greenproof” its operations.

The company has…

  • Installed technology to allow policy documents, business results and strategy to be accessed and shared electronically rather than by hard copy.
  • Provided CoSHH training to all practice managers which includes disposing of chemicals correctly (thus reducing chemicals in the water supply).
  • Introduced a paperless recruitment process – all CVs, candidate interviews and offers are sent electronically to further reduce the use of paper.
  • Worked with its energy supplier to ensure that more than one-third of the power used across its 680+ practices is generated from nuclear and renewable sources.
  • Tailored an agreement with a clinical waste management company that means practices are charged for the actual amount of waste that they generate (rather than a flat monthly fee). This puts the onus on each practice to save money by improving their own waste management processes.
  • Sourced refurbished IT equipment and updated its own equipment to be re-used across the business reducing its carbon footprint, extending the products’ life cycle and reducing waste.

Healthcare continues to be an energy-intensive industry, but major efforts are being made to reduce the sector’s impact on the environment – and it seems that progress is being made.

Statistics from the Sustainable Development Unit showed that, as of 2015, healthcare accounted for 39% of public sector emissions in England (26.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent). Further data – published in January 2016 – confirmed that the NHS slashed its carbon emissions by 11% between 2007 and 2015.

Charlotte said that although things appear to be moving in the right direction, more needs to be done if the UK is to hit its ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 (based on 1990 levels).

“Everyone has their part to play in driving eco-friendly improvements, and it’s encouraging to see healthcare organisations leading the charge. That being said, it’s crucial that the industry doesn’t rest on its laurels. There’s still a lot of work to do,” she commented.

“At mydentist, our key focus is ‘Reduce, Reuse & Recycle’ and we’ve been proactively seeking to reduce our own carbon footprint. Our overall aim is to embed a ‘green culture’ across the business, and we’ll continue to work with everyone to ensure we’re operating as efficiently as possible.

“This means reassessing the way we travel, how we recycle, where we can be using less energy and how we can alter our day-to-day behaviour to ensure that being green is second nature to us. More specifically, we are currently looking at ways of reducing waste and improving efficiencies in practices, particularly in relation to utilities.”

-ENDS-

For more information, please contact Rebecca Oliver at rebecca@bringdigital.co.uk or 01204 977001.

About mydentist careers

  1. mydentist is a new brand in dentistry. It delivers an honest, innovative service which understands the needs of its patients.
  2. It is part of Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH), Europe’s largest dental corporate company with more than 680 practices and over 6,600 employees in the UK.
  3. An SMS survey of mydentist patients in March 2016 revealed 91.8 per cent would recommend mydentist to family and friends – sample size 16,033.
  4. The group has over eight million patients and is the largest provider of NHS and private dentistry in the UK.
  5. In 2015 mydentist was awarded gold and platinum RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards in recognition of the company’s commitment to continuously improving accident and ill-health prevention at work for the benefit of its patients and workforce. The company won gold in 2016.
  6. It is committed to providing the latest treatments and helping the nation improve its oral health.
  7. The group philosophy is a blueprint for the future of UK dental care: sharing a genuine focus on delivering the very highest standards of clinical excellence and patient satisfaction.
  8. It has a staff Training Academy including a new state-of-the-art practice in central Manchester where clinical teams can train and develop. All clinicians are supported by clinical directors who ensure that training, development and compliance of the clinical teams is among the best in the industry.

[1] Statistics provided by Carbon Trust

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 29, 2016 at 5:04 am

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12 Creative Ways to Reuse Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are popping up all around the globe, and not just at port terminals. Containers are increasingly being re purposed for a variety of different structures and uses. Reusing containers is a great way to approach your next construction project with a sustainable eye!

Check out this infographic from Market Inspector:

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 27, 2016 at 8:21 am

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Ecotourism Experiences in South and Southeast Africa

In recent years, due to the global climate change, and the effect it has on our planet and society, ecotourism really took off. And one of the best places to experience the full potential of this sustainable branch of tourism is Africa. It may be the “cradle of society”, but, with more than three decades on the market, it can be said that Africa is also the cradle of ecotourism.

Led by South and Southeast Africa, this branch of tourism caters not only to its eco-friendly clientele, but also improves the local communities’ way of life, without harming the environment. So, with this amount of potential backing ecotourism, the safari experiences on offer in South and Southeast Africa, are definitely worth checking out.

A Real Safari Experience

Anyone who makes their next journey Southern Africa, needs to go on a safari. The savannah grassland covers almost one third of this part of Africa, and hosts an unmatched variety of mammal life on the planet. Ever since national policies changed in favor of conserving animals and their environment, guns were replaced by curious people who wish to experience nature at its best. Whether, you want to see the Big 5 in their full glory, or experience one of nature’s spectacles – the great migration, crisscrossing the terrain with a professional guide, without impacting your setting will be an experience of a lifetime

A Real Safari Experience

Photographic Journey

Due to its biodiversity this part of Africa is a photographer’s dream. Whatever your focus, whether you are into landscape or wildlife photography, or people, Southern and Southeast Africa has it all. If you are a fan of creatures, big and small, look no further than the animals of Kruger National Park. At its southern tip, it borders on Swaziland, and there are still Traditional Zulu villages. There you might immerse yourself in the culture of this amazing people, and take some spectacular snaps of their traditional dress. And for landscapes, a tour along the vast Zambezi river system, and the endless surrounding grasslands will give you color changes and hues during the evenings you won’t forget.

Photographic Journey

A Kids’ Dream-Come-True Adventure

With ecotourism, kids can also journey into safari adventure the, and experience the wildlife of Africa. A real dream come true when you are a child, they will see all their cherished animals in their natural habitat, but also have a chance to learn about environment conservation. Mind you, wildlife parks are free ranged, so you can provide them with interactive games, in-between sites, keeping their impatience down to a low. The people over at Poptropica suggest jungle based educational games can satisfy any child’s entertainment needs, so you can enjoy wildlife without all the racket.

Another interesting tour kids will enjoy are wildlife sanctuaries, where they can see and touch their favorite creature, and learn about the man-made dangers they face in the wild. And during the evening kids will be dazzled by native campsites, traditional dance around the fire, and sleeping under the stars of the savannah.

A Kids’ Dream-Come-True Adventure

An Underwater Adventure

Africa is not all about the savannah, and an enticing experience awaits anyone who wants to dive into an adventure off the coast of Mozambique. Due to the Indian Ocean’s warm currents, this part of the ocean hosts a variety of Technicolor wildlife that will be a unique underwater dive. Numerous secluded islands off the coast, and coastal caves give welcome breaks to your scuba dives. Because tourism itself impacts the environment, tours are often changes so that it leaves room for natural recovery. This also provides another source of income to the local community, and has seen fishing villages in recent years turn to tourism and conservation of the underwater wildlife as a source of income.

An Underwater Adventure

This amazing experiences offer much more than a simple holiday. They become adventures of a life time, allowing you to immerse yourself in what Africa knows best, without damaging the environment, animals, or people, you find so spectacular.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 24, 2016 at 6:32 pm

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What is the Future of Meat?

The impact of the meat industry on our environment is taking an ever-greater toll, with livestock consumption expected to double by 2050.

With 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions already accounted for by livestock production, and nearly half the world’s grain harvest being used by the meat industry, it is reassuring to know that science is hard at work looking for solutions. Meat eating is both a cultural and a nutritional choice, and many consumers will require fresh alternatives if they are to cut meat from their diet.

We’re all aware of the power of soy, but the next manifestation of plant-based meat substitutes could come from any number of sources. Promisingly, tech boffins in Silicon Valley have taken the issue to heart, with a number of start-ups working on the next big dish, packaging the natural proteins of plants in new foods that resemble the texture and flavor of meat.

Those for whom vegetarianism is an ecological rather than ethical choice might also consider the rise of the insect. At least 2 billion people around the world already eat insects regularly, and insect meat production causes almost 2,000 times less greenhouse gas than the equivalent mass of cattle.

Somewhere between these two options, lies the contentious issue of lab-grown meat. By painlessly harvesting muscle cells from living animals, and multiplying them in the lab, the equivalent of 175 million burgers could be made from the cells of a single cow. This results in an almost complete reduction of land use and greenhouse gas emissions, and halves the energy use involved. The benefits to the environment are clear, but vegetarians and some religious groups will need to grapple with their beliefs to think this one through.

For a look at some of the issues involved in these meat alternatives, check out this new infographic – big changes are not so far away, and this makes for a promising read!

Source

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

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The Chelsea Flower Show – Winning Formula Revealed!

A complete celebration of everything that’s green and good, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is just around the corner. As green-fingered gardening aficionados descend on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, we’ve uncovered something we think you’ll love: the ‘winning formula’ for a successful show garden.

Just how do those RHS judges decide who gets a gong and doesn’t? Outdoor furniture experts OKA seek to answer this question – they’ve analysed some of the best winners of the past few years to come up with the 4 key elements a garden needs if it’s to get those judges ticking their boxes. Take a look. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to turn your own garden into a Chelsea paradise!

As the world’s best-known horticultural event, the Chelsea Flower Show is a must for anyone who’s interested in plants, flowers and outdoor architecture. Featuring some of the leading garden designers on the planet, this year’s theme is Wellbeing, with RHS ambassador Jekka McVicar’s stunning Modern Apothecary Garden the centrepiece.

With just a few days to go to the event, find out everything you need to know about the Chelsea Flower Show, from dates and location details to how to get your hands on tickets and even what to wear, here.

Chelsea Flower Show infographic

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 19, 2016 at 11:08 am

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6 Reasons to Ditch Microbeads

You might have seen a lot more press about microbeads lately due to the ever increasing calls from campaigners to have them banned from use in the EU and the UK.

Green People has always been against the use of microbeads and has worked closely with Marine Conservation Society to try and get the message out there about the harm they do to marine life.
Take a look at the following infographic on microbeads.

 

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm

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Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning the Green Way

How green are you—really? Do you compost your food waste? Have you switched to eco-friendly lighting? How about your daily routine? When you clean, how sustainable are the materials you use and the processes you follow?

If you’re like many people, you can probably improve, tweak, or revamp, especially when it comes to chores like spring cleaning. And going green with your spring cleaning isn’t as hard as it might seems. It takes tools that you might already have and a quick tour through your pantry and bathroom for some helpful ingredients.

Once you’ve assembled all the DIY spring cleaning supplies, you can mix together a few DIY recipes to take

your green cleaning to the next level. For example, vinegar and water? A perfect all-purpose and glass cleaner. A baking soda, salt, and dish soap paste? Voila—a clean bathtub. After the counters are scrubbed and the carpets refreshed, there’s one last piece—the trash. Spring cleaning helps you declutter and rid your home of old, unused, or dangerous things such as medications, paint, and plastics. But disposing of them properly turns you from a DIY achiever into a DIY superstar.

Use this helpful graphic from Fix to guide you, step by step, as you transform your spring cleaning routine into one

that’s good for you and the Earth.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 13, 2016 at 5:55 am

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Food Wastage

Food wastage is a serious global issue. Although we are led to believe that food scraps from our meals is a central issue, there are many larger factors that are concerning for the earth.

According to a recent report by UNEP and the World Resources Institute (WRI), approximately 1/3 of all food produced worldwide (worth around $1 trillion) is lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems.

This alarming figure highlights how great the problem is. Noel Dempsey has created this infographic that reveals the extent of food wastage on a global scale.

Food Waste

 

 

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 7, 2016 at 5:17 am

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Lemurs are crucial to Madagascan rainforest survival

As reported in New Scientist magazine’s 16th April issue, Madagascar’s remaining ‘critically endangered’ Lemurs play a vital role in spreading seeds from trees. Without them, the country’s famously beautiful and unique forests are under serious threat.

The mega-beasts have all gone

Five hundred years ago the Madagascan forests were home to a collection of mega-beasts, giant mammals including the Koala Lemur, which was the size of a gorilla. These huge creatures were responsible for spreading large tree seeds far and wide via their droppings, and ensured the long term health of the forest.

These days the mega-beasts are all gone, killed off by humans in the same way as countless mega-fauna across the planet have been decimated by the human race. And the tree species left behind are struggling to reproduce, a situation made even worse by the fact that smaller Lemurs and other forest-dwellers are also under threat. Without large animals to disperse these big seeds in their droppings, ‘swathes of Madagascar’s unique flora are living on borrowed time’.

Yale team pins down the plight of Madagascar’s large-seeded plants

A team at Yale University have officially linked Lemur extinction with threats to the island’s large-seeded plants. Apparently seventeen types of fruit eating Lemurs have gone extinct in the past few hundred years, reducing the ability of the remaining animals to seed trees and plants by at least a third as plants lose their natural means of propagation.

The scientists examined ancient Lemur jawbones to find out what the extinct animals ate. It turns out they loved eating large fruit with big seeds, which they spread around the entire island in their droppings. Now all the big Lemurs are long gone, many unique plants are in serious trouble simply because the remaining animals find the seeds too big to eat.

Save the island’s Lemurs… or else

There are still two large-ish types of Lemur on the island, and they are ‘irreplaceable’. But they’re also  critically endangered. 33 different types of hardwood tree are in danger, and they’ll disappear unless the island’s remaining Lemur population is properly protected.


For more information about rainforest conservation, please visit The Rainforest Foundation.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 6, 2016 at 7:47 am

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Latest guides to sustainable rice and cooking oil

All the guides from Ethical Consumer’s latest magazine on ethical and sustainable food are now live online.

The latest ones to go live are product guides to rice and cooking oils (including sunflower & rapeseed, coconut and olive oils).

All these products were picked by readers in an online survey they conducted in January.

The good news is that in each guide there are truly sustainable options that can help you follow a low-impact, low-carbon diet.

The articles are free to view but the the Best Buys advice and our unique rankings tables are only available to subscribers.

Guide to Rice

How rice is cultivated can have a huge impact on its greenhouse gas emissions, and this can make a big difference, as at least 10% of agricultural emissions worldwide comes from rice
production.

There are a small number of brands emerging that produce Fairtrade and organic rice which we know will have been produced using more sustainable methods.

Guide to Cooking Oils

In the guide to cooking oils (vegetable, sunflower & rapeseed, coconut and olive),  we outline the problems associated with industrial scale production, from the prevalence of GM to the desertification caused by some intensive production.

Fortunately, in this market there are a number of brands that offer oils produced by small scale farmers who use more sustainable production methods.

We hope you find the guides useful and informative.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 6, 2016 at 7:42 am

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