Making a Social and Environmental Impact

KwikTip Limited is honoured to announce that we have received the silver award from the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)  acknowledging how we provide support to the Armed Forces community .

The scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. Awards are for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The award comes just over six months after we gained initial bronze status. Since then we have made considerable progress in supporting and championing the contributions of the Armed Forces community, by promoting the Armed Forces Covenant to our major business customers (a number of which have taken the pledge) and through the formalisation of our pledge to the forces community and integration of specifics into our business mission values and plan.

This enhanced commitment to the Armed Forces community forms part of KwikTip’s Strategy, under the Social Impact Plan, underpinning its promise to build skills, the economy, society and community through local and national collaboration.

The MoD-backed award recognises how KwikTip continues to actively demonstrate support for the Armed Forces community since signing the Armed Forces Covenant in 2022. In particular, the silver award acknowledges our commitment through a dedicated Military Veterans and Reservist Policy which provides enhanced support for its staff, as well as its positive recruitment process which recognises that many of the skills that reservists, veterans and their families have are transferable to the workplace.

Armed Forces Champion and KwikTip Co-Founder Simon Bloomhill, said: “An awful lot of hard work went into our application for this award, evidencing the important progress that KwikTip has made to bring about positive change and to better support this community. We are delighted to have achieved silver status and the work we continue to do will play a vital role in ensuring we go on to gain the gold award. Our next big step on this journey is to proactively demonstrate our forces-friendly credentials as part of the recruiting and selection processes. We will engage with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) in the recruitment of service leavers and have registered for the Forces Families Jobs (FFJ) portal”

CEO Tyler Bloomhill said: “As an Armed Forces-friendly organisation we’re proud to have introduced new measures to better support veterans, reservists and their partners who work for KwikTip, or who may look to join the business in the future. We’re still pretty tiny with recruitment but are immensely proud of how our belief and passion for the forces community has encouraged some of our large corporate customers to take the covenant pledge and support defence people.

“Our new staff and contractee policy, introduced earlier this year, ensures that reservists can carry out their duties with the support of KwikTip and that we will provide appropriate practical help, as well as health and wellbeing support, to anyone returning to work after deployment. We also offer enhanced support for partners and spouses who may need additional help while their loved one is on deployment.”

Find out more about KwikTip’s commitment to the Armed Forces community.

​​​​​​​“We don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – World Vision International 2 Jun 2022

Spending time in nature – whether adventuring, taking it easy, or exercising – has been proven to have numerous benefits for mental health, from reducing stress levels to increasing creativity and cognitive function. However, it’s important to remember that all the benefits we get from nature come with great responsibility, especially if we want those benefits to last.

KwikTip is run and staffed by outdoor enthusiasts. And, as outdoor enthusiasts, it’s our duty to protect and preserve the environment that we enjoy so much. One way we do this is by incorporating responsible waste management into our outdoor adventures as well as understanding the intersection between waste management, responsible outdoor recreation, and mental health. After all, understanding is more likely to lead to action.

Why Responsible Outdoor Recreation is Crucial

Our natural areas are fragile ecosystems that are easily damaged by human activity. By being mindful of our impact whilst we adventure, we can help preserve the beauty of these areas for future generations. Not only is responsible outdoor recreation important for our future generations, but it is just as important for our own generation. Practicing responsible outdoor recreation can help us feel more connected to the natural world, strengthening our mental fortitude, and when we engage in purposeful adventure, it even gives us an added sense of purpose.

Waste Management and the Environment

One of the biggest threats to the environment during outdoor activities is waste. Litter, namely single-use plastics, can harm wildlife, pollute waterways, and detract from the beauty of natural areas. Managing your waste whilst out in nature should by no means be a challenge or something you should feel burdened by. For most, a simple change in perspective is all that it takes – a clean environment = a happy mind. But for others, who haven’t thought about the impact litter and waste actually have on their own well-being, this can be more of a challenge.  I recently have come across a company called Trash Free Trails and I would recommend everyone looking to do some more “purposeful adventuring” and wants some guidance to do so, checks them out.

KwikTip for Responsible Waste Management

Here are a few ways I, and our team at KwikTip, have taken what we’ve learned on the road and brought it into our favorite natural places whilst doing what we love the most – adventuring, mountain biking, trail-running, and dog walking.

To ensure responsible waste management during our outdoor adventures, we “pack out” all of our waste and dispose of it properly in a trash can or recycling bin. Instead of relying on disposable items like plastic water bottles or paper plates, we bring reusable containers that can be washed and used again. We also practice Leave No Trace principles, which are a set of guidelines for responsible outdoor recreation that include things like minimizing campfire impact and respecting wildlife. The leave-no-trace principles I have adopted were taught to me during my Phase 1 training in the British Army. It is rare that you will find me out in nature without a “gash bag” these days.

Pack it in, pack it out: This means bringing all of our waste back out with us and disposing of it properly in a trash can or recycling bin.

Use reusable containers: Instead of relying on disposable items like plastic water bottles or paper plates, bring reusable containers that can be washed and used again.

Practice “Leave No Trace” principles: These principles are a set of guidelines for responsible outdoor recreation that include things like minimizing campfire impact and respecting wildlife.

The Connection Between Waste Management and Mental Health

Being environmentally responsible is an important aspect of waste management, and it can positively affect our mental health in several ways.

When we practice responsible waste management whilst out on an adventure, we become more mindful of our impact on the environment. This mindfulness can help us develop a deeper connection to the natural world and feel a sense of purpose in our actions. In addition, being environmentally responsible can give us a sense of accomplishment and mastery.

Knowing that we’re taking steps to protect and preserve the environment can be empowering, and it can give us a sense of control over our impact on the world. This sense of control can help to reduce feelings of anxiety or overwhelm that can be associated with larger global issues, such as climate change.

Moreover, incorporating responsible waste management into our outdoor adventures can also enhance our overall experience. When we pack out our waste and minimize our impact on the environment, we’re able to fully appreciate the natural beauty around us without being distracted by litter or other signs of human impact. This can create a sense of peace and tranquillity that can be beneficial for our mental health.

Responsible waste management is an important aspect of responsible outdoor recreation and adventure. By incorporating these practices into our outdoor adventures, we can help protect the environment and make our experiences more enjoyable. Additionally, being mindful of our impact on the environment can have positive impacts on our mental health and our community.

So next time you’re planning an outdoor adventure, don’t forget to consider how you can manage your waste responsibly and adventure purposefully. Together, we can help preserve the beauty of our natural areas for generations to come.

World Wildlife Day, celebrated on March 3rd, is a time to raise awareness about the importance of preserving and protecting the world’s wildlife and their habitats. As a waste collection company, we have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment and the wildlife that call it home.

According to the United Nations, the amount of waste produced globally is expected to increase by 70% over the next 30 years. This is a concerning trend, as improperly managed waste can have serious consequences for the environment and wildlife. It can contaminate soil and water, harm animals, and disrupt ecosystems.

That’s why it’s important that we take a responsible approach to waste management. At our company, we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations and doing our part to protect the planet’s wildlife.

One way we are doing this is by promoting the use of reusable and compostable products. By using these types of products, we can significantly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. In fact, it’s estimated that the use of compostable products can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50%.

We are also committed to properly disposing of waste in a way that takes into account the environment and wildlife habitats. This includes working with trusted partners who use environmentally-friendly waste management practices, such as recycling and composting.

In addition to these efforts, we also encourage our employees and customers to reduce their own waste by implementing simple actions such as properly disposing of trash, recycling, and choosing reusable products.

On World Wildlife Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting the environment and the wildlife that call it home. By working together, we can take steps towards a more sustainable future for all.

Eco-friendliness, also known as environmental friendliness or green living, refers to the actions and practices that individuals and organizations undertake to minimize their impact on the environment. The goal of eco-friendliness is to minimize the negative impact of human activities on the environment and promote sustainable living for future generations.

As individuals and as a society, being more eco-friendly is one of the most significant ways we can take steps to protect our planet.

Here are six ways you can make a positive impact on the environment:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Posts about eco-friendliness almost always start with the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – and for good reason. Simply put, they are a simple and effective way to decrease the amount of waste we produce. By reducing the amount of packaging and single-use items we purchase, we can decrease the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Reusing items , and recycling as much as possible, can also make a big difference and bolster your eco-friendliness. When we recycle, we conserve natural resources, reduce pollution, and save energy.

Composting

Composting is a simple and effective way to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. By composting food scraps and yard waste, we can create a nutrient-rich soil amendment for gardens. Composting is easy to do at home, and there are many resources available online to help you get started.

Energy Efficiency

Using energy-efficient appliances, turning off lights and electronics when not in use, and taking steps to insulate and weatherize your home can make a significant impact on the environment. By using less energy, we can reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy bills.

Water Conservation

Conserving water is an easy and effective way to reduce our impact on the environment. Simple actions like fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, and using a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways can save a significant amount of water and reduce the strain on local water systems.

Sustainable Transportation

Choosing sustainable, eco-friendly. transportation options, such as walking, biking, carpooling, and using public transportation, can reduce the amount of pollution caused by cars and decrease the amount of fossil fuels used. By making these choices, we can help to reduce our carbon footprint and improve air quality.

Choose a Registered Waste Company

By choosing a registered and properly licensed waste management company, we can ensure that our waste is disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. This can prevent pollution and contamination of the environment.

KwikTip takes eco-friendliness seriously and is a registered waste management company that can help you with all your waste management needs. You can easily book our services by clicking here or by getting in contact with us. Our team of experts will ensure that your waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, so you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re doing your part to protect the planet.

Eco Friendliness Infographic

Being eco-friendly is essential to protecting our planet and ensuring a sustainable future for all. We hope that this post has provided you with some practical and actionable steps you can take to make a positive impact on the environment. From reducing, reusing and recycling, to composting, energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable transportation and choosing a registered waste company, there are many ways we can all make a difference.

Eco-Friendliness Part 2

In the next post of this series, we will be diving deeper into more sustainable living options and ways to reduce waste. We will be providing you with more tips and tricks on how to make your daily life more eco-friendly and more sustainable. So, be sure to subscribe to our blog to stay informed and never miss an update.

Together we can make a difference and create a cleaner and greener world for future generations.

At KwikTip, we believe that strong self-leadership is essential for driving business success and developing our people. That’s why we have made a commitment to cultivating a culture of self-growth and personal leadership development within our organization, as part of our way to generate a positive social impact.

One way we do this is by encouraging everyone to embrace a concept called Conscious Self-Leadership. This means taking responsibility for one’s actions, exercising extreme ownership, and adopting a “Letting Go vs Blaming and Complaining” mentality. It also involves being curious and open to learning and growth, rather than being focused on being right and needing to prove it.

To further develop these skills, we hold formal leadership development sessions on a quarterly basis. These sessions are led by internal and external trainers and cover a wide range of topics, including communication, decision-making, problem-solving, and team building.

But it’s not just about the training sessions themselves – it’s also about incorporating these concepts into our daily operations and personal lives. We encourage our team to take ownership of their work and to continuously seek out opportunities for learning.

We believe that the benefits of leadership development are numerous, not just for our employees but for the company as a whole. By investing in the development of Conscious Self Leadership within KwikTip, we see increased productivity, a positive work culture, and ultimately, successfully meeting our social impact targets. Our employees will also benefit from the personal and professional growth that comes from taking an active role in their own development.

At KwikTip, we are proud to embrace a culture of leadership development and are committed to helping our employees grow and succeed in their careers.

You might be wondering, why the jungle branding?

At KwikTip, we use jungle imagery in our branding for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, we use it to emphasize our environmental and social objectives. As a company, we are committed to making a positive impact on the world around us, and the lush, verdant imagery of the jungle represents the kind of world we want to help create.

In addition to highlighting our environmental goals, the jungle imagery we use also serves to underscore our focus on minimizing our environmental impact. From sourcing sustainable materials to implementing eco-friendly practices throughout our operations, we are always striving to reduce our carbon footprint and do our part to protect the planet.

Another reason we use jungle imagery in our branding is to emphasize our commitment to becoming carbon net zero. We recognize that climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the world today, and we are committed to doing our part to address it by offsetting our carbon emissions and working towards a more sustainable future.

Finally, we use jungle imagery in our branding because it represents a world where waste is close to non-existent. Rather than showing the problem of waste, which can be overwhelming and discouraging, we want to showcase a vision of a cleaner, greener world where waste is minimized and resources are used more efficiently.

Overall, the use of jungle imagery in our branding reflects our values and our commitment to creating a more sustainable and environmentally-conscious world.

If you would like to learn more about the ways we are striving to make a lasting environmental impact, check out this link