12:00 AM, 05 17, 2019

How SVM Global are Going Green

You can’t hide from it and there is definitely no denying it; we need to help our planet, and we need to help it right now. Many people call it global warming, and yes, we’ve increased the average temperature by almost 1°C[1]. Don’t let this fool you into thinking that this means that not recycling means sunnier picnics in the summer. The preferred term is climate change, this highlights the extreme weather, the rising sea levels, the loss in habitat and the shift in animal populations. Did you know, a recent report recorded that as a species, humans are threatening 1 million other species[2] with extinction. Extinction; a word not to be confused with endangered or in decline, extinction means gone forever.

We’re all guilty of driving more than we should, buying clothes too often and buying too much plastic. But there are things you can do to help, and as a company SVM Global have decided it’s about time we stepped up. Although we’d love to be completely eco-friendly, it’s sadly not something we can achieve overnight. Nevertheless, you have to start somewhere and even the smallest of changes add up. So, what are we doing?

Using our green fingers. We’re lucky enough to have a garden area that we can use to home some plants. Vegetation is a key part of a healthy ecosystem; the plants absorb the carbon dioxide in the air and replace it with oxygen. Not to mention they look great and improve the overall mood in the company.

Filling in any gaps. We’ve recently had our roof repaired to make sure that there are no gaps. Good insultation keeps the warm air in the office and the cold air out, otherwise you’re basically trying to pointlessly heat the outside. If that doesn’t pull at your environmentally conscious heart strings, then just think about your purse ones. Heating a poorly insulated room is the same as throwing your money straight out the window.

Recycling. This is probably the easiest step a company can take to do their bit, but it’s also one of the most effective. Up to 80% of the things we throw away could be recycled or composted [3] and yet, as a country we are still lagging behind. Countries such as Switzerland and Germany recycle 60% of their waste, we only manage 45%[4], and it’s not because we don’t have the skills or technology to improve. Here at SVM Global we have just provided each department with their own recycling bins, this simple solution means it could not be easier for people to recycle. Afterall, if the option is there, what reason would people have not to choose it?

Reducing plastic. As a Gift Card company, it’s no easy feat to cut down on plastic, but as technology has advanced, so have we. We are working on increasing our eGift offerings and working with retailers to go down this route. eGifts offer exactly the same benefits as a physical card, but they’re online so don’t require plastic. Not to mention the fact that because we can send them via email, you’ll get them a lot faster.

If you would like to find out more about our eGifts, or find out which brands we have let us know at hello@svmglobal.com or call 01709 303 102.

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