Today is World Water Day, a day to focus our attention on the importance of water.
Access to clean, drinkable water is something we often take for granted in Australia. According to the United Nations, more than 2 billion people are currently living in countries that are experiencing excess water stress, which is the classification for when the ecological demand for water is not being met.
The Sustainable Development Goals include targets for improving access to clean water and sanitation by 2030, particularly for women and girls whose health, education and livelihood can be affected by scarce and unsanitary water supply.
Practising responsible business means considering our impact on the environment, while also thinking about how we can procure products in a way that is sustainable for the planet and our practice.
In 2017, Colin Biggers & Paisley used 4,175 plastic water bottles across our three offices.
To manufacture 4,175 plastic water bottles 7,382 litres of extra water is used in production, as well as:
• 530kg of Carbon Dioxide;
• 174.44 kilowatts of energy; and
• 155 litres (or one barrel) of oil.
While plastic bottles are recyclable, they often end up in land fill and can take up to 1,000 years to break down.
In an effort to reduce Colin Biggers & Paisley’s environmental footprint, we will no longer purchase plastic bottles of still and sparkling water to serve to staff or clients.
For more information on Colin Biggers and Paisley’s environmental initiatives please contact Karen Iles, Director Pro Bono and Responsible Business at Karen.Iles@cbp.com.au