While restrictions on transport, trade, social practices, work and other factors of daily life have created a number of challenges for individuals and organisations worldwide, we have also seen short-term changes in the environment.
Adjustments to ‘business as usual’ activities – such as replacing interstate and overseas travel with conference calling and eliminating lengthy travel times by working from home – are only a few changes that have contributed to this environmental shift. While it is unrealistic to expect businesses to continue operating in this way long-term, there are many environmentally conscious practices we can adopt as we move into the ‘new normal’ that can make a significant difference.
Environmental observations as a result of COVID-19 restrictions
Here are just a few ways the environment has been affected as a result of travel and trade restrictions worldwide:
Implementing environmentally friendly practices as we transition to a new normal
The response to COVID-19 has highlighted what can be done differently through human behaviour and business practice to make more environmentally responsible choices moving forward.
Restrictions on flights and travel for example, have caused a significant reduction in carbon emissions. “In future, we may see less unnecessary interstate and international travel after experiencing success with remote online meetings, conferences, and even court hearings.”6 By continuing to substitute travel with online connectivity, businesses can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and increase connectivity between teams.
Winc is committed to maintaining sustainable and ethical practices. Our 53,000sqm national distribution centre generates 87% of its on-site power from natural gas generators.
As a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), we are continuously working to reduce our contribution to waste. We have implemented waste reduction strategies to promote the use of re-usable boxes on deliveries and recycle products at end of life to create new products. We have also developed a Sustainable Transport Strategy to reduce the environmental impact of our delivery fleet.
Winc is committed to supporting your sustainability efforts
Our Winc Earth range has been designed with the most important specification in mind – the planet. Made from sustainable materials and ethically sourced, you can feel confident you’re making a greener choice for the environment and your workplace.
To help make it easier for our customers to identify greener options, we use the EarthSaver classification. All Winc Earth products carry this classification, and this extends across our partners’ products too.
In order for a product to qualify for the EarthSaver classification, one or more of the following criteria must be met:
Winc has already secured suppliers who can provide eco-conscious products and services, made improvements to sustainable packaging options, and optimised transport strategies.
Now all that’s left for you to do is choose sustainable.
Contact your Winc Account Manager or visit www.winc.com.au to explore our Winc Earth range and more, as you prepare to return to work.
1Dr Schuijers, L. 2020. COVID-19 is an opportunity to reset our environmental future. Available at: https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/covid-19-is-an-opportunity-to-reset-our-environmental-future
2Goldbaum, E. 2020. NASA Probes Environment, COVID-19 Impacts, Possible Links. Available at: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-probes-environment-covid-19-impacts-possible-links/
3Henriques, M. 2020. Will Covid-19 have a lasting impact on the environment? Available at: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200326-covid-19-the-impact-of-coronavirus-on-the-environment
4Henriques, M. 2020. Will Covid-19 have a lasting impact on the environment? Available at: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200326-covid-19-the-impact-of-coronavirus-on-the-environment
5Henriques, M. 2020. Will Covid-19 have a lasting impact on the environment? Available at: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200326-covid-19-the-impact-of-coronavirus-on-the-environment
6Dr Schuijers, L. 2020. COVID-19 is an opportunity to reset our environmental future. Available at: https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/covid-19-is-an-opportunity-to-reset-our-environmental-future