About

Going green

“The future will either be green or not at all” – Bob Brown

At Birman & Ride, we are committed to environmentally sustainable work practices.

How?

We use less electricity – our offices have individual light switches, allowing us to switch off lights when not in use.  Power-saving settings on our electronic equipment allow us to ‘power down’ when not in use.

We use less paper – our preference for state-of –the- art electronic file storage, emails and digital advertising is not only highly efficient; it also saves a lot of trees! When printing is required, documents are printed double-sided on Planet Ark 100% Recycled Australian paper.

We encourage Green Transport – not only for ourselves, but for our clients as well. All clients are advised how to reach us using bus and train services. Conveniently located a short walk away from train, bus and ferry terminals, Birman & Ride can be easily accessed without the hassle and cost of parking. And if walking is not an option, a taxi rank is located right outside our front door.

We support Flexible Working Practices – having remote logon capabilities enables employees to complete non location-critical work at home.  Benefits include less petrol emissions and less time wasted in traffic, fewer distractions, better work-life balance and being more productive – innovative ways that allow us to support our staff and serve our clients more effectively.

We actively reduce, re-use and recycle wherever possible: from kitchen to office, batteries, ink cartridges, paper, cardboard and plastics are appropriately waste-streamed and sent for recycling. Even coffee grounds from our in-house coffee machine are saved for composting.  While we cannot claim ‘zero-waste’ status yet, we are working on it.

We are biophiles – the benefits of plants in the workplace are widely known, and we love having and nurturing greenery in the workplace.  Everyone has at least one living plant on their desk, with common areas featuring clusters of plants, contributing to cleaner office air and a beautiful workplace.

We are Plastic Free July Advocates – several team members are on board with the challenge. Our goal is to increase participation each year.

Where to next?

Our Green Policy is a work in progress, and will be updated as often as we can improve our practice.

To further reduce our carbon footprint, we have the following projects in the pipeline:

  • Measuring the impact of our current initiatives on reducing our carbon footprint.
  • Reducing landfill by sourcing alternative ways to manage our food waste.
  • Increasing our ‘green’ knowledge through training.
  • Challenging our food miles at workplace luncheons / functions, restricting our food sources to a 100 km radius of our workplace, with a higher percentage of vegetarian options.
  • More employees actively participating in Plastic Free July.
  • Sourcing regularly used products for more eco-friendly alternatives.
  • Working with our office cleaners to use greener cleaning products.

Ideas are welcome – please get in touch at hh@birmanride.com.au. We would love to hear from you!