Ellis Jones Solicitors has appointed a team of ‘eco warriors’ to spearhead a ‘war on waste.’
The seven-strong team – one for each of the firm’s offices – is championing recycling initiatives as part of a major initiative.
The regional law firm has already introduced a range of measures including:
- Installing recycling facilities in its six offices
- Replacing disposable plastic cups with glass
- Rolling out new Kappris printing software which defaults printer settings to the most eco-friendly alternative
The ‘eco warriors’ were appointed on the suggestion of Rebecca Suthers, an associate and chartered legal executive in the wills, trust and probate team.
She said: “Following the airing of the TV programme Blue Planet I approached Ellis Jones about running a project to identify where, and how, we can lessen our environmental impact.
“With the firm’s full support I emailed everyone, seeking a warrior from each of our offices, together with one from our marketing department and facilities.
“The warriors meet every one to two months to share ideas and suggestions which we can then put forward to the partners. We also have a regular slot in our internal newsletter, where we share our eco tips, and any petitions which might be of interest.”
Future ‘green’ initiatives planned include seeking reusable eco-friendly coffee cups; recycling a range of items from plastic based stationery and coffee pods to stamps, biscuit wrappers and coloured milk tops, and installing plumbed-in water dispensers.
Nigel Smith, Managing Partner, said Ellis Jones was working closely with Ideas2Action, a registered charity which runs community recycling projects across Dorset. The firm also fully backed Recycle Week which took place from September 24 to 30.
He added: “We’re determined to play our part in becoming as environmentally friendly as possible.
“It was a great suggestion by Rebecca to appoint eco warriors and I’m sure that they will have a big, and beneficial, impact on how we run our business in the future.”
- Ellis Jones is supporting Ideas2Action during August, September and October.
Note to journalists:
Ellis Jones is a regional law firm with more than 160 staff including 15 partners. It has six offices across the south coast in Bournemouth, Canford Cliffs (Poole), Christchurch, Ringwood, Swanage and Wimborne – as well as London – and offers a wide range of services to individuals and businesses. Ellis Jones was named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2018 Dorset Legal Awards. Nigel Smith, Managing Partner, also received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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