By Joanne Sim
Cundall is the world’s first consultancy to be endorsed by Bioregional as a One Planet Company. This means we are working towards reducing our company’s environmental impact on the planet. Through the ten principals, we not only look at things like reducing our energy usage and waste produced, but we also look at other impacts including responsible purchasing.
Recently, there has been a wave of new suppliers that not only supply products that have a reduced impact on the environment but that donate some of their profits to help others around the world. We have started using some of these products in our Sydney office.
We have changed our hand wash in the bathroom and kitchen to thankyou hand wash. What are the benefits of this change?
- They have no harsh chemicals
- They are made in Australia
- They are not tested on animals so meet our ethical sourcing aims
- Every bottle helps to provide access to hygiene and sanitation programs for someone in need. Sadly, around 2.4 billion people in our world die from preventable diseases as they don’t have access to adequate hygiene and sanitation.
Buying thankyou products also makes a small difference which can be tracked with a code that comes with each product. For example, the soap in our ladies’ is helping fund a rain water tank in Ahlae Kyan, Myanmar which will helps 85 people against health hazards such diarrhoea, cholera, skin disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, worming and polio.
Apart from a brilliant name which we love, this toilet roll supplier is also doing good for both the environment and those less fortunate. The toilet roll is free from chlorine, inks, dyes and perfumes and is made from 100% recycled paper which saves trees, water and oil.
On their website they explain that recycled paper uses 64 percent less energy and 50 percent less water to produce; creates 74 percent less air pollution; saves 17 trees (per ton of paper produced); and creates five times more jobs than one ton of paper products made from virgin wood pulp. (Wow!)
They also donate 50% of the profits to WaterAid to build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world. At present, 40% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to a toilet. This is a leading contributor to endemic poverty and has a major impact on economic growth in some of the world’s poorest countries. Diarrhoea related illnesses fill over half sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kills over 2,000 children under 5 every day.
After gaining feedback from the staff, it has been given the thumbs up for softness, people love the comical messages on the packaging and staff are starting to buy this for their homes.
Oxfam fair green tea is Fairtrade which is the case for a number of things in Cundall’s kitchen. Fairtrade ensures growers are getting a fair price for their produce whilst having a positive impact on the community.
In addition, the money goes to the wider work Oxfam Australia carries out around the world. To name all the work Oxfam Australia does would take up far too many words, however they are currently part of the rescue relief for the communities in Vanuatu who have been hit by the widespread devastation of Cyclone Pam.
We normally get our water from the tap, however for events we do offer our guests sparkling water as well as tap. The product is certified carbon neutral, they do this by purchasing “carbon offsets” which finances green energy projects like wind farms or solar parks and drives further investment into clean technologies.
Yaru is an Australian Indigenous business introducing Australia’s first Indigenous bottled water to the world. Together, with proceeds generated from the sale of Yaru Water, the visionaries and brotherhood behind the brand facilitate indigenous leadership programs, imparting Bundjalung cultural teachings while utilising Mount Warning Spring Water facilities and resources.
Are these products going to save the world on their own? No but by choosing these over other products, we are making a small positive impact on the planet. Are using ethical products in your office or would like to start using them? We would love to hear of similar ethical products available around the world which we can use in our Sydney office or in our other 19 offices around the world.
Find out more about Cundall – http://www.cundall.com/