Protecting our planet has been at the forefront of conversation in recent months. The Blue Planet TV series showed us the damage we are doing to our world. Climate change scientists are showing worrying figures. Protests and political campaigns are starting up all over the world.
So, what can we do?
Comms Express has taken this message to heart. We are striving to be more eco-friendly, both in the office and through our products.
Our Eco-Friendly Products
We are proud to stock environmentally friendly brands. Below are just some of the brands which are doing their bit for the environment.
APC by Schneider Electric
APC has taken environmentally friendly to the next level. It’s dedicated to Counteract climate change, conserve finite resources and minimise the impact on human health.
So how do they plan to do this?
They came up with the Green Premium Eco-Mark. This is a certificate with incredibly strict instructions that determine a “green product”.
An APC product is green when:
- It has an environmental declaration (PEP – Product Environmental Profile);
- It has an End-of-Life Instruction (EoLI);
- Comply with European REACh Regulation;
- Comply with European RoHS’s threshold of lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
- Have a declaration that no lead, cadmium or mercury is present above the thresholds specified by the European Battery directive.
APC keep their products compliant with some of the strictest environmental guidelines in the world, all while ensuring a quality product.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
HPE has been on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s “Climate A-List” for five years. This prestigious title features companies who are pioneers in environmental performance.
It’s not easy to get on that list.
HPE have set themselves the task of solving some of the world’s toughest environmental challenges. From helping plantations in Malaysia become more sustainable in helping advance medical research, finding transformative solutions is key to their brand.
HPE access the climate impact throughout their value chain, including minimising the use of Greenhouse gasses and developing a low-carbon economy. By 2025, they want to implement a 30x increase in product performance and see a 15% reduction in emissions during the manufacturing process.
But it’s not just about the manufacturing process.
End of life solutions are on HPE’s mind too. They are seeking to make their products easier to recycle so that they can reduce landfill.
Developing products that increase energy efficacy is Netgear’s route to a better environment.
Netgear have given many of their products a “Netgear Green” label. This label is a symbolises of their commitment to smarter, greener products.
The Netgear Green range of PoE switches:
- Use a low power consumption.
- Automatically power down when not in use
- Use cable-length detection technology to save energy.
- Use packaging is made with at least 80% recycled materials.
Netgear are also committed to sustainability and produce an annual report on their progress towards reducing energy, water and waste through their supply chain.
In The Office
In the office, we are taking lots of steps to lower our effect on our environment.
In the last few years, we have taken the following steps:
- Implemented mixed recycling bins around the office and staff areas
- Switched to LED lights
- Changed to automatic lights on a sensor
- Use power saving products in our computer networks
- Stocking environmentally friendly companies
- Implemented a policy to turn all computers off at the end of the day to save power
- Our office is surrounded by woods and green areas, which are full of wildlife. We aim to protect our woodland neighbours from harm.
- Use electric forklifts
- Recycle our electronics
- Participating in WEEE and ROHS schemes
We are dedicating to reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact through small steps. We are aiming to build habits and a culture of environmental mindfulness. Let us know the creative ways you are seeking to lower your environmental impact over on our Facebook or Twitter pages.