Environmental Policy

Tamara Essex, trading as Tamara Essex Consultancy, recognises that day-to-day operations can impact both directly and indirectly on the environment. She aims to protect and improve the environment through good management and by adopting best practice wherever possible.

Tamara Essex Consultancy will work to integrate environmental considerations into her business decisions and adopt greener alternatives wherever possible, throughout her operations.

The key points of my environmental strategy to achieve this are –

  • Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible;
  • Prevent pollution to land, air and water.
  • Reduce water and energy use.
  • Improve the environmental efficiency of our transport and travel decisions, and our power supplies;
  • Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst its customers and suppliers;
  • Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to work and home activities;
  • Seek genuine and effective ways to offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by work and home activities;
  • Monitor the carbon footprint of work and home activities and seek ways to reduce it.

Achievements to date include:

  • Recycled paper is used for work and home use;
  • Re-use of paper printed on one side only for draft reports;
  • Using Blackmore Printers, a leader in environmental printing practice;
  • Home & office insulated with therma-fleece sheep’s wool;
  • Home & office lit by low-energy lightbulbs;
  • Hot water supplied to home & office through solar panels (approx 60%);
  • Electricity supplied to home & office through photovoltaic cells (approx 60%);
  • Replacement roof build by Dorset Centre for Rural Skills, using local wood from Bulbarrow Hill, and local thatch from Donhead;
  • Founder of Shaftesbury Local Food Festival, and an active campaigner for local food, local shops, and a reduced carbon food-print;
  • Actively reducing car use, using 1000cc compact car.

Targets for 2013 include:

  • Establish a supplier of vegetable ink print cartridges.