Welcome to Sustainability News
The regular newsletter from Davies Veterinary Specialists Green Group, bringing you all the latest resources, training, events and publications to help you improve environmental sustainability in your practice.
Sustainability at Davies
We continue to reduce our carbon footprint and have recently switched to sustainable energy provider Robin Hood at our DVS owned houses
Maintenance have installed LED office lighting with an A+ energy rating and a Barn Owl box in an unused barn. Danny Baylis has also installed a camera trap at a suspected Badger set onsite.
We also continue to reduce our waste;
- Anaesthesiologist Alex Chebroux has created an app, based on collaborative ideas to reduce paper in theatre, replacing; theatre lists, books, checklists, drug spreadsheets and emergency handbook.
- Kennel Assistant Emma Louise Hindle continues to run our Terracycle programme with a further 1kg of tooth care packaging, about 10kg of crisp packets and about 20kg of pet food packaging for recycling and earning yet more points for our charity of the year!
Sustainability in the news
Wilding of European Bison planned in Kent
Wild Steppe Bison last roamed the UK 6,000 years ago, before habitat loss and hunting led to global extinction. The UK is currently one of the worlds least biodiverse countries with poor woodland management one of the greatest drivers of species decline. Introduction of European Bison into Blean Wood, Kent will improve biodiversity through natural grazing and ecosystem engineering, creating habitats for nightingales, turtle doves and rare Heath Fritillary butterflies. Read more at: https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/wilderblean
Thanks to new wind farms maximising on stormy weather at the beginning of the year, 47% of the UK’s energy was generated from renewable sources in the first quarter of 2020 and we set a new record of over two months coal-free.
CPD and Resources
Our very own Ellie West and Patricia Ibarrola have released an article with Anne Woolridge;
If you missed our Davies Out of Hours – Sustainability session with Ian Battersby and Ellie West, or our Sustainability tips for Veterinary Practices Q&A with Ellie you can catch up at: https://vetspecialists.co.uk/insights/webinars/sustainability/
The Webinar vet has released a new webinar on Developing disaster management plans for veterinary practice;
VetSustain has released a strategy and sustainability goals for veterinary practice;
With new articles on:
- Getting to Grips with Travel Planning – April Sotomayor (Investors in the Enviroment): https://vetsustain.org/work/getting-to-grips-with-travel-planning
- Planting Trees in the grounds of your veterinary practice: https://vetsustain.org/resources/planting-trees-at-your-veterinary-practice-part-1
Go Plastic Free For Good, Not Just For July?
Some great alternatives we’ve switched to at Davies and suggestions from other practices in the group:
- Issuing reusable water bottle / coffee cups to clients and colleagues to reduce the amount of single use plastic cups used in tea and coffee machines
- Bamboo toothbrushes to clean instruments
- Silicone sponges for washing up
- Reusable silicone lids for pre-prepared patient meals
- Reusable masks and scrub hats, there are lots of fun prints available from independent stores on Etsy and Facebook and you’ll be supporting small businesses too !
- We are also using reusable gowns at the moment to protect NHS supplies of PPE!
At Davies, we’ve switched to;
- Syringes, made with less plastic than standard syringes. For example, you could consider BD emerald syringes:
- Greenpolly Eco Friendly Aprons made from sugarcane
- Bulk packaged Blue Roll to cut down on individual wrapping
Time for Tea?
Did you know, most tea bags contain plastic? Switch to unbleached, plastic-free alternatives like Teapigs, Pukka and Clipper who use bio-plastics from plants or ditch the bag completely, with a reusable tea-strainer.
If you’re passionate about plastic waste, take action by engaging with campaigns.
Greenpeace campaign for a strong Global Ocean Treaty to protect oceans from plastics, mining and over fishing and create a network of ocean sanctuaries:
WWF campaign for UN action on the plastic pollution crisis:
Join a Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community, check the map here:
We’d love to hear from you…
If you have any ideas about how we can be more sustainable, please contact our Green Group manager Rachel Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Green Group champions: Ellie West, Nick Bayston, Nat Whitley, Patricia Ibarrola, Sarah Gibson, Lucy Hart, Ginny Collins, Emma-Louise Hindle, Lauren Clowes and Sharon Picardo.