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The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 universal goals that aim to address the most urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing the world today. They build from the Millennium Development Goals, which saw global extreme poverty and child mortality halved by it’s completion. The SDGs address a broader scope, with a stronger environmental focus and more specific goals.

Achieving these goals is not just a government responsibility, but one falls to businesses and individuals too.  To encourage individuals to act, the UN has put out The Lazy Persons Guide to Saving the World. It’s a list of realistic actions you can take to work toward the SDGs without getting off your couch and includes progressively more taxing suggestions for those willing to stand up, leave the house, or even go to work.
 
BEC is always on the lookout for new ways to improve the sustainability of our corner of the world. Its a cornerstone in our business and shows through in everything from our ESD design principals to what we do with our rubbish after lunch.  We are excited to be able to get on board with such a wide-scale effort to work toward a more sustainable future. 
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The BEC Fleet’s Latest Addition

The latest addition to our BEC fleet is all branded up 

The customized branding was designed in-house for our new toy, a supercharged and turbocharged VW Polo GTI. 

Give us a ‘honk’ if you see this sassy machine rolling through your neighbourhood. 

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Better Bin Lining

Most major supermarkets across Queensland have now banned single-use plastic bags and in the aftermath many Australian households are taking the opportunity to start lining our bins with something a little greener.

With the best of intentions, many of us use biodegradable plastic bags as liners. Unfortunately, Australian laws about what can be called ‘biodegradable’ are shockingly lax. Many products labelled ‘biodegradable’ or ‘environmentally friendly’ just have chemicals added that ensure the bags break down into micro-plastics, but they still don’t biodegrade completely and still wreak havoc on the environment – (they’re just harder to see!). 

The solution is finding bags that are bio-based (composed of polymers made from starches like corn or potatoes) which are truly biodegradable, such as Biobag. You may struggle to find Biobags at your local supermarket, but they are available online here.  It is also worth checking with your local council if they supply biobags (or something similar) for free, as some Queensland councils do.

More info here.

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Michael LeFevre on the need for Collaboration

This article has been doing the rounds in the office.

It takes a critical look at the design and construction industry and comes to the conclusion we are shockingly ineffective in our ability to collaborate and work as a team.

LeFevre poses some interesting ideas about how this can be overcome as we move forward and what it would take to change the current individualistic culture of the industry.

Take a peek – it’s worth a read.

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