Reduce, Reuse, Reinvent – By Sarah
Living beautifully is our mantra at MATT & NAT. For us, it means not only to live beautifully within ourselves, but to give back to our community as much as we can. We’ve been taking stronger initiatives to get out of our office and help our community by implementing a social committee. Given the month of April, and earth day approaching, I’ve decided to highlight a few initiatives that we’ve been implementing in our office as of late.
- We recently had our first meeting after our pot luck last Friday and we decided to collectively be part of 4 charitable initiatives per year, and allow each employee to take up to 8 hours/month of paid time off to volunteer in a charity of choice!
-In addition, sustainability is a fundamental element of the MATT & NAT philosophy, and consequently we encourage minimizing the ecological impact of what we do. Recently, a new policy was implemented to encourage the use of public transport by reimbursing the cost using public transit.
-We continue to research new materials and ways to make our products more sustainable. This season, we experimented with the use of recycled bicycle tires and we are currently looking into new, fully biodegradable materials to use in later seasons.
-On Earth day, we plan to work with natural sunlight by turning off all lights in our office.
- We’ve been collecting our Nespresso tablets and up cycling them through terracyle. An initiative to collect waste and provide a second life for used Nespresso capsules through the Nespresso Capsule Brigade. “Every time you enjoy Nespresso, save the capsule and recycle it with TerraCycle. TerraCycle will collect all consumer Nespresso capsules and then recycle them into two streams. The metal capsules will be melted down and turned into new aluminum products. Residual coffee will be separated and sent to an industrial composting facility.”
To take part in terracycle’s initiative at reducing waste, visit their website here: http://www.terracycle.ca/en-CA/brigades/nespresso-capsule-brigade.html