…Is to inspire people to have a positive impact on their environment so that together we can make the Earth a better place to live on…
We do this by helping our clients along this journey, personally as well as for their businesses. The process starts by measuring your current impact and then designing ways to improve through Zero Waste initiatives, permaculture gardens and improved maintenance.
Sustainability is a very overused term and not easily understood by everyone. It means different things to different people and is a very wide term. We like to look at the impact we have on the environment. By environment we are looking at the wholistic term, not just nature. Our environment also includes your business, your community, the resources you use. In other words, everything that happens around us that we have an impact on. Our Impact Assessments are aimed at getting to see the big picture and then you will be able to make an informed decision on how to increase the positive impact or reduce the negative impact. We cannot manage what we don’t measure. In our assessments we look at energy, water, waste, air quality, noise, as well as the impact on the community in which your business is operating.
ZERO WASTE PROGRAMS
One of the areas of our environment where we have a very visible impact is waste. Technically, waste is not a problem. In fact every process, organism, animal, person creates waste. In nature, one organism or process’s waste always become another’s resource. Either food, shelter or energy. When waste do not have an up-cycle or recycle purpose, it becomes pollution. And that is where the challenge is. We need to reduce our pollution to zero. Less bad is not good and less pollution is better but still not good. We design our waste programs around a circular economy and innovate and create ways with your teams to reduce your waste and in effect your pollution to zero.
PERMACULTURE DESIGNED GARDENS
Permaculture ethics are threefold.
- Care for the land
- Care for the people
- Fair share
We can design composting systems, vegetable gardens and food forests to suit your premises based on these principles and produce chemical free and pesticide free produce for your use. The gardens will also reduce your water consumption and make use of your rain and waste water.
One of the areas normally overlooked in businesses is that of maintenance. Plant, equipment and buildings are the biggest investment a business owner can make. Structured maintenance is the only way in which your company can prolong the lifespan of the infrastructure (and therefore make the equipment more sustainable). A good maintenance program will ensure that you are aware of the status of all the plant, equipment and buildings and will give you a very detailed program of replacement of existing plant and equipment. It will make the asset register a great working document rather than a list of items. In some cases old plant can be so inefficient that replacing it with modern equipment may just pay for itself in a short time.