Push the Earth Mission
In our business world, the impact of our operations and actions on our networks, the community and the environment is something we take very seriously. Feedback from clients, suppliers, associates, alliance partners, employees, shareholders, the community and the environment identifies the voids – the unfulfilled need and this provides the greatest opportunities for change and improvement.
Our quest is never ending as we collect, analyze, research, educate and share our information and ideas as individuals and as a company in the journey of our commitment to manage the impact of our business on the health and safety of our employees, contractors and members of the communities in which we operate and on the environment.
The Short of it………
- Live a simpler life.
- Live as part of the earth, part of the tides, the natural rhythms, the planets and the elements
- Align the values of the earth with family, community, our work and our health and wellbeing.
- Live with less.
- Make better use of our resources.
- Make better use of our time.
The Long of it………
We encourage everyone to mean Business when it comes to our Earth. Why?
A dynamic exists in every entity. Nature will naturally balance this.
On this side of the planet it is day. On the other side of the planet it is night.
In your Relationship, there is a dynamic. In your Family, there is a dynamic.
In your Workplace, there is a dynamic. In your Community, there is a dynamic.
In your City, there is a dynamic. In your Country, there is a dynamic.
In your Earth, there is a dynamic. In your Galaxy, there is a dynamic.
In your Body, there is a dynamic. In your Mind, there is a dynamic.
In your Heart, there is a dynamic. In your Soul, there is a dynamic.
What the many repress the select express. What ONE represses, the other will express.
CAUSE = EFFECT in Space and Time.
Theologica Aristotelis – Aristotle’s Essays on Ethics and Metaphysics holds the premise that in life there is an order where nothing is missing.
In this age of climate change, green living and sustainability, this may be a concept that doesn’t seem to fit easily. However if you look closely, this is what sustainable is ACTUALLY all about.
Living in balance.
Living in appreciation.
So before we look at the Earth – lets draw an analogy to the human body – when it is under stress, it is balancing de generation and the 12 different systems (eg Circulatory, Digestive, Endocrine, Muscular, Nervous etc) will take over from each other in order to keep the body alive – the pancreas may take over from the stomach to aid digestion in turn liver and adrenal rebalancing in order to maintain survival. There is always a cost in this balancing and eventually the body system will require a quasi “reboot” nutritionally to get it back on track.
Similarly, our Earth, like our human bodies, is in the process of balancing a de generation of sorts. Aristotle says “Nothing is Missing and the balance WILL be conserved”. Like our human body, this conservation process will incur a cost to our different Systems (eg Natural, Ecological, Chemical, Geological, Physics etc) and be expressed across Regions (Polar, Temperate, Tropics, Sub Tropics) and Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) in various Cycles (eg Biological, Agricultural, Astronomical, Time, Climate, Electromagnetic, Mythical and Cultural).
Everything that we do on this Earth – swills around in our Eco Footprint. If we can appreciate and understand how the Earth systems actually work, we can begin to manage our own Eco Footprint to minimize the cost somewhat. This is where the “attitude of gratitude” where we appreciate our Earth resources – will truly add value to our Earth and ultimately our lives.
In a very basic sense, how we choose to live really can have
some major environmental consequences.
When you look at your body, you know how very important it is to balance all the systems through nutrition and exercise and a healthy balance between the seven areas of life.
When you look at our earth, you know how very important it is to balance all the systems through appreciation and value of resource for a healthy balanced expression in the continuous Cycles of life.
Action In the Pushworth Office
Regular Telecommuting for Staff
Laptops with remote access to emails and booking systems
On Call service for our clients outside office hours
Remote on line access for our Operating System, Aquarius.
DO NOT PRINT
Notes on IPAD or Laptop or Phone
Email instead of post
Email instead of fax
All clients must have an email account. We do not fax.
We encourage written communication as much as possible to maintain a reliable audit trail.
We do not print documents only to sign and fax then store. That costs time, paper and space. As we value all of those resources and do not consider them to be unlimited we do the following:
Our secure signatures are digitally attached to each document and returned via email or Internet download then digitally backed up.
We do not pay by cheque.
All payments are deposited directly into client bank accounts.
All remittances are emailed directly.
Ask clients to pay Directly Deposit into our Bank Account.
Ask them to email Remittance directly to Accounts.
PUBLICITY AND MARKETING
We do not accept printed publicity or marketing material or submissions.
We do not file archive or store paper promo or CD’s.
By appreciating our resources, we use less space, less time, spend less money on stationary and can easily access files and information by building an infrastructure of Data Management Systems.
Earth Smart Business Practice: General Office
We choose to work with companies that are sustainable with a long term vision for our Earth.
We no longer use cardboard business cards.
We recommend the use of companies like MOSHTIX (www.moshtix.com.au) where the general public can purchase a MOSHCARD and stop the practice of printing hard tickets for events.
We collect cardboard boxes for recycling and place into Recycling bin
We reuse old binders, file folders, report covers and general office equipment.
We recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, tin cans, milk and juice cartons
Turn off computers, when not in use;
Turn off office lighting when not in use;
Activate sleep mode on each computer to switch off the screen after 10 minutes;
Switch off office equipment at night, when leaving the office.
Bring own mug to work and have some set aside for visitors;
Bring lunch from home or eat in a local café to avoid packaging waste generated by take away lunches.
We no longer use a kettle as the coffee maker produces specific amounts of hot water to reduce wastage.
We order supplies in bulk to minimize packaging waste
We reduce energy costs by only purchasing the most energy efficient equipment
We reuse old supplies + equipment, or donate or sell them to schools + charities etc
We recycle office equipment by sending photocopier and printer cartridges and printer ribbons to a remanufacturing firm for recycling.
When purchasing office supplies, we decline Plastic Bags
We have decreased our magazine purchases by half and donate them to schools + charities etc each month.
We no longer purchase newspapers and refer to the internet for news updates
We purchase reference books, have established a lending library and donate and sell annually
In the office kitchen, we use the minimum amount of dishwashing liquid when washing dishes therefore minimum rinsing which we do in as basin and then use this water on our garden.
In every event we produce starting with our own business we have developed the following policies:
- Compliance with all environmental legislation
- Minimize resources consumption and environmental impacts
- Formation of an environmental management group for every location and activity
- Setting of environmental goals and monitoring and continuously improving performance
- Encouragement of staff, suppliers and contractors to adopt environmentally sound practices
- Publication of comprehensive sustainability, environmental and health and safety policies
- Setting of targets for using less energy and water, and for more recycling
- Procuring from suppliers committed to sustainability
- Appointment of a community liaison officer for every location and activity
- Development of a Community Benefit Scheme for every location and activity
- Commitment of an Annual Volunteer /Intern/Work Window Program to pass the flag
Making Choices = It has to start with YOU.
Reduction of Green House Emissions
Our small business encourages all staff to reduce annual individual car kilometres to
8000 kms Per week
this means 154 kms Per day
this means 22 kms
We suggest you calculate kms to office from your home
Calculate kms to gigs from your home and the office
Directions? – Click here. It will show you KM and Time
Plan ahead to reduce time and mileage
Catch Public Transport a couple of days each week
Set up a Remote Office, create a compliance enterprise standard with measurable targets so your staff can work from home a couple of days each week. Save resources in the office and in the environment. (Make sure you have good benchmarks and check lists to monitor time management and production efficiency!)
It really isn’t rocket science taking responsibility for your own waste. Just start by making a list of everything in your life – car, home, and office – and schedule time for maintenance, repairs, upgrades and conversions. Waste not Want not my grandmother always said – see how you can minimize your waste and reuse somewhere else.
Be diligent and minimize your waste through our Water Ways.
Instead of flushing old food scraps, bury in your compost heap.
Clean your Air Conditioning units each month to minimize air pollution inside. Only use when really truly needed.
Look at the air pollution emitted from your car, research more eco-friendly options.
Storm water Management
Keep your Footpath and Gutters Free of Litter
Instead of hosing of outdoor areas into gutter or drain try sweeping.
Keep all drains clear of litter – create a monthly schedule to maintain.
Recycle the swept rubbish like leaves and twigs etc into garden or general rubbish into the recyclable bin
Ensure all yards, parking areas and rooves have drainage and systems in place to direct the rain into the storm water system and not the sewer.
All waste and material to be disposed of or stored in covered area.
Install Air Conditioning Thermostats and check and maintain regularly
Switch off Stand by Power at the end of everyday
Use Energy Efficient Products – white goods, sound and vision equipment
Install Insulation in the Roof
Remember we will always have what we need. It may be in another form.
You neither gain nor lose anything. Value your water, appreciate it and manage its use and you get more out of it.
- Avoiding watering gardens on windy days
- Clean paths by sweeping
- Fix leaks as soon as they happen or as soon as they are recognized.
- Install water efficient equipment.
- Monitor water usage.
- Read the water meter.
- Reduce water use in the work kitchen.
- Recycle water
- Reduce unnecessary water usage.
- Use recycled or rain water where possible.
- Install a Rain Water Tank.
- Water gardens during the coolest part of the day
- Watering trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems less weekly
Smoking and Cigarette Butts
Our business lives in a tiny heritage cottage in the inner city of Brisbane. Many of our team take regular breaks to go outside and puff out their frustrations. Smoking is their personal choice and as we all know there are rules to minimize the effect of passive smoke on the general public so our smokers go outside into the garden for their breaks. They have their own personal sealed glass jars where they are responsible to dispose their cigarette butts in a sealed glass jar and place in a bin.
Cigarette butts are not biodegradable. The acetate (plastic) filters can take many years to decompose.
Some of the environmental impacts of cigarette butts:
- When it rains, cigarette butts lying in our streets and gutters are carried via storm water directly into our harbors, beaches and rivers.
- The chemicals contained in these butts and the butts themselves impact on our water quality and can be deadly to marine life.
- Flicked butts can cause fires.
- When thrown from a motor vehicle into dried grass, butts can start a grassfire or even a bushfire.
- Cigarette butts can take up to 12 months to break down in freshwater /5 years to break down in seawater.
- Littered butts seriously reduce the aesthetic quality of any environment.
- Butts have been found in the stomachs of young birds, sea turtles and other marine creatures.
So if you are a smoker, please consider all of these consequences and dispose of your butt’s responsibly.
Neighborhood Impact Management
Sometimes the greatest security your home can have is a neighbor. The appreciation of the people that live in your neighborhood may be realized in a time of great need. We have assisted or been assisted by our neighbors many times. Thank goodness for them!
So we suggest the following Neighborhood Practice: Consider, Create a Contingency Plan, Factor in Worse Case Scenarios and Maintain Communication.
Consider the noise in your neighborhood. Mowing, drilling, building, sawing, playing loud music, holding large noisy parties before 10am or after 10pm – can really impact on a neighbor’s wellbeing.
Consider the parking impact on your Neighborhood. Visitors, Party Guests, Tradespeople or teenage children adding extra cars to your 2 car household can all at times overflow onto your neighbor’s space.
Consider the parking impact on your Neighborhood. You may work in a tiny little street in the inner city where cars are lined up and down both sides of the street with barely enough room to move. Take the bus, park a few blocks away and walk – the exercise wouldn’t hurt. Plan client meetings for a local cafe. Create alternatives and get creative!
Value and appreciate your neighborhood as it is and it will become what you want!
Consider creating a community in your Neighborhood. Become a Safe House, Hold street Parties, introduce yourself, look out for each other, establish a pet feeding or walking service, hold gardening BBQs and help out elderly or ill neighbors with daily chores. Look after your neighbor’s mail, garden and pets while they are away. Ask your neighbors about the history of your street and your neighborhood and create a history book for your local library.
Push the Earth at Home
Effective Resource Management begins at home. Those of us who have spent quality time growing up with grandparents have been instilled with their values of Waste not Want not and can pass these onto our children. Turn your home resource management into a fun household chore for your children!
Reduce Waste when Shopping:
Take your own bags or shopping basket to reduce use of plastic bags.
Keep them in the boot of your car – have a checklist in the car and on the fridge to remind you!
Buy your fresh food and vegetables loose; avoid the use of freezer bags in your supermarket.
Avoid pre-packaged fresh foods.
Reduce packaging – buy some items in bulk.
Buy concentrated products – Cleaning, Washing etc.
Only buy the fresh food that you need.
Visit the Green Grocer every couple of days – on your way home, walk to a local shop – incorporate into your daily routine to minimize time and fuel usage.
Grow your own food
In the Bathroom
Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. You know the story about Mellow Yellow…….
Install an AAA-rated showerhead
Install an AAA-rated toilets and save 67% less water than a standard single flush toilet.
Take a shallow bath instead of a shower every so often.
Take a bath with your partner and save water 🙂
Around the Home
Installing water efficient taps or tap aerators is a great, inexpensive way to cut your water usage
Ensure your hot water pipes are insulated.
This will avoid wasting water while waiting for the hot water to flow through.
Always replace leaking washers and turn taps off gently to make the washers last longer.
Remember, one leaking tap can waste 2,000 liters a month!
Verify that your home is leak free, because many homes have hidden water leaks.
Read your water meter before and after a two hour period when no water is being used.
If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
The five Rs are our new religion – ooh that would make it six! 🙂
Seriously – Recycle, Repair, Reuse, Renew and Reduce
These five little words can save you money, save energy and save resources.
Create your LIFE SAVINGS Plan the same way you would your own piggy bank.
Ideas to start saving:
- Car use – reduce your usage and increase passengers
- Domestic Travel – reduce flights to four times per annum
- Dual Toilet Flushers
- Eat what you buy, don’t waste it!
- Energy – use a renewable source
- Garden – rainwater or grey water tanks
- Go organic, when shopping and gardening
- Grow your own and cook your own
- Share what you grow with your neighbors, family and friends
- House – have number of rooms to match number of people
- New Clothing – reduce purchase to once a month
- Overseas Travel – reduce to once every 2 years
- Plant Australian natives and Succulent desert plants to save water
- Reduce animal products in your diet
- Shop locally
- Eat slow foods
- Temperature – reduce cooling and heating number of rooms and time
- Water Efficient Shower Heads
- Whitegoods – decrease number; reduce usage and share with others
Our website for our heritage office cottage is based on the valuable historic information from the elders in our street.
The Pushworth local community initiative is based on the needs of the local residents and businesses in our neighborhood.
We have created Community Events and Training Programs such as:
- Gigahertz – Sustainable Careers in the Music Industry
- The Manick Project – Sustainable Careers in the Music Industry
- The Sound Garden Project
- Work Window
- Team Pushworth Volunteer Programs
- Team Pushworth Intern Programs
We are an Entertainment Agency/Event Management/Publicist/Project Management Service/Business Consultation company based in Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Our clients live and work all over the Earth.
Technology enables us to work with Global Communities.
We seek to create a world around us where the mundane returns to the sacred by gardening, nurturing, cooking and healing. In doing so, our primary focus is on the Education process for nutrition, preservation, farming, regeneration and preparation of the fruits from the earth while still creating opportunities for creative expression.
The Earth is our Business and we MEAN Business.