The Filter (Exabre Limited) is committed to leading the industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment. The key points of our strategy to achieve this are:
MINIMISE WASTE BY EVALUATING OPERATIONS AND ENSURING THEY ARE AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE
We run a tight ship here at The Filter. There is no room for waste. Here’s an example: Our business critical server hardware has a limited shelf life of reliability. But once it’s replaced, it doesn’t get thrown away. Heck we don’t even send it to be recycled. We USE it for the non-business critical functions such as pre-live testing, development environments and one old box makes a very serviceable office jukebox.
Our target: To re-use, recycle or safely dispose of every piece of hardware purchased and used by the company. Now, not in the future.
MINIMISE TOXIC EMISSIONS THROUGH THE SELECTION AND USE OF OFFICE SPACE, HARDWARE, HOSTING AND ENERGY SUPPLIERS.
The Filter chooses its suppliers carefully and environmental considerations are important. We have lovely office space in the centre of Bath but we share resources such as kitchens, break out spaces and even meeting rooms with other businesses. It means that resources are used efficiently. It also means we benefit from modern environmental advances such as a lighting system that only turns the lights on when we’re in the spaces. We have our heating switched off and no air conditioning, just computers and the right clothes to keep us warm and fresh air and some fans to keep us cool (that sounds awful, but actually it’s just fine). We’re pushing for our working spaces to be carbon neutral.
Our target: To review our list of suppliers annually, asking each one of them about their own environmental policies before signing and renewing contracts. Now, not in the future.
ACTIVELY PROMOTE RECYCLING BOTH INTERNALLY AND AMONGST ITS CUSTOMERS AND SUPPLIERS.
Our kitchen breakout space has different bins for sorting away our litter and recycling is always encouraged and acted upon. We use suppliers that score highly in environmental ratings with regard to recycling.
This is where our recycling ends up.
Our target: To maintain our ‘recycle everything’ philosophy and not slack off. To re-use, recycle or safely dispose of all paper, printer ink/cartridges and other materials and packaging used by the company. Now, not in the future.
MEET OR EXCEED ALL THE ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION THAT RELATES TO THE COMPANY.
We’re a small company that doesn’t produce physical products. There’s not a great deal of legislation that we have to comply with, but we try to do our bit.
Our target: To already be complying with and exceeding new legislation by the time it comes into force.
ENCOURAGE ALL STAFF TO WALK OR USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GET TO WORK AND/OR MEETINGS.
How about this? ONE single member of our staff drives to work. The rest walk or use public transport and give that one driver a pretty hard time about it. To be fair his journey is just less than ten miles. Too far to walk and there’s no bus.
Our target: To maintain a rate of at least 90% of staff walking to work or using public transport.
The Filter’s nominated person with responsibility for Environmental impact is our CEO, James Routley.