At Morningside School of Music, we have always taken great pride in the fact that we try our best to care for the planet. From our beginnings as a company, one of our first tenets was to consider the environment when operating in our day to day work. We didn’t mind if it was going to cost us more, we believed that if we were ethical from day one, then we could only do good for the planet and all its future inhabitants.
Here are some of the areas in which we try our very best to make a difference.
- We decided very early on not to renew our branded company cars, instead opting for bicycles and public transport when needed.
- We minimise the use of all materials as much as possible, especially plastic.
- We reuse everything that we can including cardboard boxes, paper and envelopes.
- We only purchase recycled printer and copier paper.
- We don’t purchase recycled toilet rolls, as due to the chemical process, they are worse for the environment.
- Our toilet rolls are purchased in bulk to avoid unnecessary repeat deliveries and packaging.
- Any materials that we can’t reuse, we recycle where possible through our appointed recycling contractor.
- All lighting inside and outside Morningside School of Music are LED.
- During daylight hours, we try our best to use natural daylight in reception, rather than switch lights on.
- Motion detectors are installed inside the music school to minimise power consumption of our internal lighting.
- Our outside lighting has sensors that only switch lighting on when it is dark enough, minimising power consumption.
- Unlike a lot of businesses and households, we switch off all electricity at night time (except our alarm system and CCTV).
- Our computers are set to go to sleep when not in use.
- Our computer monitors are set to go to sleep when not in use.
- Our printers are energy star qualified and also go to sleep when not in use.
- We only use remanufactured ink cartridges.
- We send our used ink cartridges to a charity to raise money and be reused.
- Our digital pianos are switched off when not in use, and they are set to switch off automatically if the teachers forget.
- Our toilets have been fitted with water reduction devices.
- We have a very small hot water boiler which heats water only when the hot water tap is turned on and not continuously.
- We do not purchase products which are tested on animals. We are very strongly against animal cruelty and abuse.
- We never switch our heating on until it’s cold enough. Usually, the heating stays off entirely from April till November.
- We open windows during summer and try to avoid using air conditioners or fans if we can.
- Our hand dryers are Dyson Airblades which produce up to 83% less CO2 than other hand dryers.
- We monitor environmental advice from independent charities such as Greenpeace to learn of new ways to better the planet.
We do not claim to have everything perfect yet, but we are continually looking for new ways to cut out anything which can cause a negative effect on the environment. We take this approach very seriously.
We are a very proud member of Greenpeace and the work they do in protecting the planet.