GOING GREEN

What we are doing…
• Our biggest leap yet was to donate 1000 trees to the 702, Food & Trees for Africa Greening Soweto Project.
• These trees are mostly fruit trees and therefore feed the community.
• Every 500 trees planted creates temporary employment for 10 people.
• The trees increase the levels of oxygen in the environment and therefore help reduce levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, which lowers the temperature and reduces the effects of global warming.

Printing green…
• Every edition of our Nature of Law magazine is be printed on Sappi Triple Green Paper.
• 60% of this paper is made from bagasse, which is the remaining fibre after sugar has been extracted from sugar cane.
• The bagasse is sourced from the immediate vicinity of the Stanger Mill, which is situated in the heart of SA's sugar growing region in KZN. Being so close to the source means that less fuel is required for the transportation of the sugar cane fibre.
• Paper making from sugar cane fibre uses less energy than other fibre sources.
• Sugar cane is a fast growing, annually renewable resource that removes CO2 from the atmosphere during its growth cycle.
• The pulp for this paper is bleached using an elemental chlorine-free process.
• The chemicals they use comply with the stringent regulations of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In the office we…
• think twice before we print documents, faxes and e-mails
• re-use paper and print double-sided whenever possible
• use e-mail instead of fax
• if it's not too hot, we open a window instead of using the air-con
• remember to turn off our PC, air-con and lights at the end of the day

In the kitchen we…
• make sure to close the taps tightly
• fill the kettle only with as much water as we need
• re-use plastic spoons and water bottles
• use cold water from the fridge instead of running the tap until the water is cold

In the bathrooms we…
• don't leave the water running while washing hands
• make sure to close the taps tightly
• don't use more paper towels than necessary
• avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily
• don't flush anything down the toilet besides toilet paper

Now…
• Our green mascot is a frog by the name of GORF. Stemming from the idea that we have to “turn things around”, GORF is FROG spelt backwards.
• Gorf sends out weekly updates to our staff on how to go and keep green.
• In each edition of the Nature of Law we publish a loads of tips for 5500 strong subscribers on what they can do to go, keep and stay green.
• We have subscribed to he WWF Earth Hour. Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

Bowman Gilfillan Supported Earth Hour:

In 2009, Earth Hour was taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it was not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. By simply switching off our lights for one hour, we joined the world for Earth Hour.

 
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