Plastics, in general, are getting a lot of bad press at the moment and in many respects, rightly so but are they that bad or is it our use of them that needs to be addressed?
What is important is how they are used, re-used and how we think about the circular economy. It is really important that we start to look after our planet, drastically reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and carelessly polluting our oceans with toxic materials. So we all need to do our bit, right?
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Building on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the new Agenda emphasises a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all. You can read more on the subject here
At Midas we were inspired by this initiative and like many, were horrified by the images shown on the BBC's Blue Planet documentary and are really are keen to make a change and make a difference in 2018. So, we decided to select one goal to really focus on to help make change within our business and local environment We selected Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production beause we felt, as a manufacturing company we really could make a step forward in how we used energy, materials and managed our waste:
Goal 12. 2018 Midas Action plan - Responsible Consumption and Production
- Convert all lighting to LED's throughout both factories to reduce our overall energy consumption.
- Source all, or much of our energy via green resources
- Reduce the amount of packaging materials by using recyclable packaging.
- Ensure all refuse is 100% recycled by our chosen refuse company and continue to seek ways to reduce the amount of waste produced across the business.
In addition to ensuring our waste is 100% recycled, Midas' MD Alan Rance is taking things a step further and organsing visits to the recycling plant where our skip refuse goes. These site visits will enable the management team and team leaders to see first-hand how waste is sorted and recycled.
Keep checking back throughout the year as we will keep updating you with our progress.