#WorkingFromHome and inspired by World Environmental Day 2020 on June 6th, the ByrneLooby Environmental team in Bahrain went on a mission to reduce household waste and minimize their home's ecological footprints.
In the last five years, the subject of waste production received significant screen time, especially in the consumption of single-use and micro-plastics and what effect they have on our marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Globally we produce 60 tonnes of household waste per second, but your standard plastic water bottle and toothbrush take up to 500 years to decompose. " - Jackelyn Wren, Senior Environmental Specialist
On June 1st, Jackelyn gave a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presentation to her virtual Environmental team, including Fiona Symes, Associate Director and Paige Leresche, Junior Environmental Consultant. She illustrated how to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics within their everyday life, manage energy consumption in their homes and how to reduce waste outputs.
A challenge was set for the ByrneLooby Bahrain office to implement these practices in light of World Environment Day. Seven initiatives emerging from discussions included;
"Recycle, recycle, recycle! While this might be second nature to those in the UK and Ireland, Bahrain does not have a nation-wide recycling scheme, thereby putting the pressure on individual household to seek recycling opportunities.
Upcycle! Turn waste products into something useful around the house (i.e. storage or artwork).
Conserve! Take a shower with your watering can to collect excess for plants or toilet flushing, switch off appliances/lights when not in use.
Opt for alternatives! Go back to the good-old soap bars, seek out 'naked' products such as shampoo and dishwashing bars, switch to those 'reusable' alternatives (i.e. steel water bottles, wax paper food storage).
Make your own! Mix up your cleaning products at home with some basic household ingredients.
Shop responsibly! Choose 'naked' food products and glass/cardboard packaging alternatives on your weekly shop. Remember reusable shopping bags or create your bags of your own!
Grow your own or go 'local'! Compost food waste and get growing or visit your local farms.
We hope these and more will inspire you all to get on board and make your homes and offices as zero-waste as possible!Back to all News