digitalist.global // June 13 2018
How Digitalist Delivers on Planet
Here at Digitalist Group, we take a conscious effort to give back to the planet as part of our culture. Whether this is recycling programmes from our global locations, or planting a tree in the Digitalist Forest for every Blog our network posts.
Here at Digitalist Group our Global Sites in London, Helsinki, San Francisco and Vancouver have started to undertake measures to ensure that we are as a business are living up to our ‘Planet’ values.
In London Office has an active recycling program where all plastics, glass, cans, and paper are recycled which last year alone saw:
- 250kgs of Mixed Recycling
- 138 kWh of Energy Produced
- 50% Recycling Rate
We see this as an important contribution to the local regions environmental efforts, London produces over 7m tonnes of rubbish a year, of which only 50% of the waste is currently recycled. We hope our efforts as a business and our office will contribute to more waste being recycled and less waste going to landfill.
Next year we have set ourselves an Office Target of Recycling 60% of our waste, which is in addition to having our Coffee Grounds collected by to processed into clean energy BioFuel.
The city of Vancouver has a goal of being the Greenest City by 2020. For over the past 10 years, city council and their team of experts aka Greenest City Action Team, set out to reshape the city’s economy, infrastructure, energy, and transportation systems to be eco-friendly. Today, there is substantial evidence throughout Vancouver of the city’s handiwork and more importantly, they have managed to reshape the citizens’ views about the environment.
Being eco-friendly has become part of our collective consciousness. We have a much greater understanding of how our decisions can impact our world. But what does that mean for us here at Digitalist Vancouver Studio? For starters, we understand that the 3-Rs push is as important today as it was when it first began back in the 1970s. All around our office, we try to make it easy to reduce, reuse and recycle – whether it be by making our recycling centers accessible, or to minimize waste by making dish towels, mugs, cutlery all readily available. Being a green office takes teamwork and although our office does a handful of things already, we are always looking for ways to improve.
The Digitalist Stockholm Studio is striving to be as green as possible, from prioritizing travel by train instead of flying or just having long distance meetings over a video link to recycling bins for all plastic, paper, cans, and bottles. We also ensure we dispose of all bulky and dangerous waste such as batteries and electronics to avoid them going to landfill.
We only provide ecological milk, coffee, and fruits in the office, and continuously work to minimize the use of disposable items such as napkins, cups, and cutlery. Digitalist Sweden provides all employees with reusable water bottles and reusable stickers to phase out the use of post-its.
At Digitalist’s headquarters in Helsinki being environmentally friendly is very easy.
We recycle as much as possible, this is helped with our offices being located in a building with a lot of different recycling options. With separate bins for paper, cardboard, glass, metal, and even energy waste such as plastic, compostable waste, batteries, as well as bottles and cans.
We also take the environment into consideration in our marketing materials, for example providing Digitalist pencils instead of pens, and having reusable water bottles made for every employee in the office to reduce the amount of plastic waste we create.
Our office is located centrally with great links to public transport, meaning most of our team use public transport to get to work instead of driving. Some even ride bikes to work, getting in our daily exercise whilst making our carbon footprint a little smaller. We like to encourage cycling to work so much so our office even has locker rooms and showers to freshen up after starting your day on your bike.
Last year our we participated in Kilometrikisa, a challenge where the company donates a certain amount to charity for every kilometer that the employees have cycled!
In addition to the efforts of our teams locally Globally we have the Digitalist Forest initiative.
The Digitalist Forest is an initiative we take action against Climate Change by starting to compensate for our Carbon Footprint. For every Blog, we publish from our Digitalist or the Week or Members of our Network we plant a tree in Paramo, Colombia.
The Paramo Ecosystem in South America is a region which has seen up to 90-95% of deforestation in some areas with significant environmental impacts. Our hope is that working with the Local ‘Paramo Savers’ who will be executing the project for two years on the ground that we can make a significant positive impact on the environment growing the Digitalist Forest whilst also Growing the knowledge of the Digitalist Network sharing our blogs.
We are glad to share with you how our people and our values are trying to give back to our planet, if you’d like to join us on our journey helping us grow the Digitalist Forest and contributing a blog post we will be revealing all the details on how when we launch our Digitalist Forest site ..are you ready?
By Victoria Waddicar, Susanne Nylund, Zarah Fager, Eileen Banting, Heidi Sahlberg, Jane Vita Costa