is our office superman. That means he does all of the tricky practical jobs that crop
up around Fruit Towers and generally keeps everything ship shape. Since the
start of the year, he’s been working on a project to make the office as sustainable
as it can possibly be. We thought some of his successes were worth shouting
about, so here are a few of the highlights:
The gas we use to power the boilers will soon be super green and we will be using 100% biogas from 1 August. This is a major win as most gas contracts only offer a 10% biogas rate. The biomethane we will be using is generated from smelly stuff like organic matter and manure. However, it is essentially scrubbed and cleaned before being put back into the national grid so don’t worry - we won’t have any farm smells coming from our boilers just yet.
From 1 August we will also start a new electricity
contract and will be able to choose exactly which renewable suppliers give us
our energy, be it a wind turbine in the Quantocks or a hydroplant in Wales. The
100% renewable energy we use can therefore be tracked and we can even create an
energy trail, working out exactly how far our electricity has travelled to get
From the beginning of May we will have LED lighting in the front
and back staircases and the loos. This is one of the most ecological systems we
can use and reduces our energy use and costs.
We’ve replaced our
courier service with Green Couriers, a sustainable and ultra-green company. All
of the bright green vehicles that Green Courier use are at the very least
low-emission, but will often be ultra-low emission hybrids and 100% electric
The Bugrassi Veyron, our new little grassy van, is running on
the latest Euro 6 engine with significantly reduced emissions. We are working
on the rest.
We have been working with the Goldfinger Factory, a community
furniture workshop based underneath the Trellick Tower (just down the road from
Fruit Towers) that have been recently involved with designing a range with Tom
Dixon. Jasper has been using them to reuse and up-cycle old furniture, our old
benches went to a vocational school in Fulham and they built our second Big
Knit crate out of re-used plywood.
Our waste collections are now managed by First Mile, a company
with the capacity to recycle 99% of our office waste. They have been turning
our food waste and compost into renewable energy and fertiliser and taking our
mixed recycling to a state of the art facility in Bow where it is then sorted
and sent on to be turned into brand new shiny things. Even our general waste is
sorted and then incinerated to produce energy and heat. Nothing goes to
landfill so we are leaving no trace behind us.
Additionally they have the ability to send us reports letting us
know our exact recycling rate, how many tonnes of CO2 we have saved and even
how many trees we have saved through our recycling efforts. They are currently
also doing magical things like turning our coffee grounds into biomass pellets
Some of our new chairs are made by a company called Solidwool. Each chair is made
from the sustainably produced wool of one Herdwick Sheep and is combined with a
bio-resin made of 30% renewable content. Solidwool have pioneered a material
that champions the beauty of British wool, unfortunately a product with barely
any demand. By combining the wool with wood from Somerset and fabricating the
chairs in their Devon workshop they have created a truly British product which
also just happens to look rather nice in our meeting rooms.
Jasper has definitely been keeping our office green, and he assures us he has even more sustainable plans up his banana covered sleeve for the future. Cheers, Jasper. For this, and for agreeing to climb into a bin for a photo opportunity.