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Ethical Purchasing and Money

Purchasing

It is important to think about our consumption and reduce this where possible as everything we buy and use has its own carbon footprint. To reduce the impact of the items we use you can:

  • Only buy/order what you really need – can items be reused? Do you have a stationery re-use point or scrap paper collection between colleagues?
  • Look for packaging that can be re-used or recycled.
  • Select items, such as paper and pencils, with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation.
  • Request paper with the highest percentage of recycled content as possible or made with pulp from sustainable sources and is either unbleached or processed without chlorine.
  • Where possible, use items that can be refilled.
  • If items require batteries, use rechargeable batteries as opposed to those with single use.

Pensions

Make My Money Matter calculated switching to an ethical pension could be 21x better for the environment than stopping flying, going vegetarian and switching to a green energy suppliers. Currently there’s £2.6 trillion in UK pensions - a significant amount of that is funding unsustainable businesses and projects. Make My Money Matter has a lot of information about how to make your pension more sustainable - including which pension funds are green, and how you can ask your employer to switch to a green pension or ensure pensions are divested from fossil fuels

Mortgages

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