It’s lights out this Saturday, 26th March, for Earth Hour. Join millions around the world and switch off at your iQ from 8.30pm for the benefit of the planet and its people. And if this global action is inspiring you, read more about how you can #Connect2Earth in small, simple ways that can add up to big change.
Think Green is our mission to make iQ a greener place to live and work, and it goes to the heart of how we operate our buildings. For instance, all our electricity comes from renewable sources, and we’ve already saved millions of KwH by being smart about our energy use. And it doesn’t stop there, as we continue to save water, encourage recycling and use eco-friendly products.
Want to do your bit? Here are some simple actions you can make a part of your everyday life in six important areas.
Use our onsite facilities and give your rubbish a second life.
Get to know your onsite recycling facilities. Posters around your building will tell you what you need to know
Be sure to clean what you recycle first, washing off food residue and rinsing your bottles and containers
Invest in reusables like coffee mugs and water bottles
Buy items made with recycled materials: tissues, plastic packaging, glass
Say no to single-use plastics like disposable cutlery, and choose food with minimal packaging
Donate your unwanted belongings to charity – you can use our onsite British Heart Foundation donation points
Take even ruined clothes to charity shops - they will send them for reprocessing
Fix it, don't throw it – upcycle, repurpose, reuse
Opt for reusable boxes and tubs, not sandwich bags or cling film
Eat less meat. The farming is far more energy intensive (and it's healthier)
Switch off lights
Please switch them off, it makes a bigger difference than you might think.
Switch off lights when you leave your room, even for short periods
Report lights that never seem to go off to your site team
Turn off unnecessary lights – lights in common areas may not be on sensors
Maximise daylight when the days get longer, and turn off lights
Choose a single LED lamp, rather than multiple ceiling lights
Don’t leave things on standby – turn them off and unplug.
Turn lights and electrical items off when you leave the room
Choose the most efficient version of any technology
Turn things off completely – remember standby uses energy
Have a movie night with friends – it uses one TV rather than six
Take the stairs instead of the lift
Turn down the heat
Be smart about heat. Keep it in and turn it down.
Turn the thermostat down by 1°
Don't open windows when the heating is on
Report heating faults and radiators that don't go off
Keep radiators clear to allow the heat to circulate
Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day to avoid heat gain
Close curtains and blinds at dusk to keep heat in
Don't waste water
Don’t waste H2O… Shorter showers are the way to go.
Report dripping taps and constant filling of toilets
Shower for a shorter time
Don’t flush things you could bin – flushing single use wipes, cotton buds, and even spiders wastes water and blocks sewers
Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth
Don't run the tap to get a glass of water – keep a jug in the fridge
Use a reusable shopping bag and don’t buy more than you need.
Use a bag for life
Don't waste food: 2 for 1 is only a good deal if you don't bin half of it
Choose eco-friendly cleaning and beauty products
Choose refillable products and those with minimal packaging
Look for sustainable materials in clothing
Choose natural materials over plastic: bamboo toothbrush, soya wax candles, paper cotton buds…
Choose locally grown foods for lower food miles
What we've been doing
Want the numbers on our actions so far? Here are a few of our Think Green stats...