We claim to be an ethical company but what are we doing to justify this claim? Well, we try to deal fairly with all customers both readers and advertisers and try to be as 'environmentally friendly' as possible.
We try to work to the best practice for sustainability, recycling and waste awareness, here’s what we’re doing.
CJS has always tried to be a low impact business, using recycled paper and inks long before it was fashionable to do so, indeed in the early days it wasn't always easy to obtain sustainable, environmentally friendly products. We were delighted to find a company that would supply recycled paper in bulk even if it did have to be shipped from London to North Yorkshire and a firm in Middlesbrough that would refill the toner cartridges. However, times have changed and we're really aiming at the paperless office, business is conducted by email and documents are digital ones which are stored rather than printed. However, the office does use quite a lot of electricity running the server and all the computers which with remote working are running for longer than when the office was occupied every day; we're on a 100% renewable energy contract - even so it's an eye watering bill. The volume of water used by the office has dropped significantly though; we must have drunk a LOT of tea!
The CJS office is lit by low energy full spectrum (daylight) bulbs, we chose low energy bulbs for obvious reasons but not many people use full spectrum bulbs. They do look a little odd when you first switch to them and from outside during the dark winter days it does look as if we’re practicing arc welding! However, they are easier on the eyes, don’t reflect off monitors and stop you squinting at small print on paper copies and it’s said that if you suffer from SAD they help ease the symptoms, we don’t so can’t comment on that one. All the equipment is energy efficient, for example monitors have automatic sleep modes, and where possible everything has an off switch which is used at the end of every day. The desks and furniture are made from FSC approved timber.
We moved from oil fired heating to energy efficient flat panel radiators several years ago and have a wood burner as well, which we use instead of a shredder to dispose of any card and personal details.
We bank with Santander because this means we can support our local Post Office, are able take the few cheques we receive to bank on foot rather than driving nine miles to the nearest town, it's not entirely altruistic because there are no bank charges and it's much easier for us to get to the Post Office rather than into town during office hours - and a short walk at lunch time is much appreciated by the office dogs!
As part of our commitment to keeping a healthy planet and to help with offsetting the carbon generated in producing all the CJS publications and keeping the website online we've signed up to plant trees with 9Trees the first ones were planted, in March just before lock down. For CJS this is not a one off planting, we've signed up to help care for the trees through their life.
9Trees planted the first trees for the project across two sites in mid-Wales on 13 March. In all 1375 trees were planted in one day, mostly oak, birch, rowan, hawthorn and willow with a small mix of hazel, dogwood and cherry. Trees need some protection too and they also installed 300m of fencing to protect the trees from livestock.
Find out more about 9trees and sign up to plant your own trees here: https://www.9trees.org/
Updated March 2022