Sustainability

Green Hearts

With the help of our Sustainability Officer, Cassie Milford (also one of our talented Cardiac Technicians) Perth Cardio is leading the way in creating a sustainable workplace.  We are actively engaging staff, patients, suppliers, associated third parties and the wider community in sustainability practices by educating and empowering individuals to become responsible for contributing towards the creation of a sustainable future for us all.  We acknowledge the hurdles and challenges the medical industry faces as we seek to create a healthier community, however we believe there is no reason we can’t also create a healthier environment for the community in which we operate and live.  We are working to reduce our energy usage and disposable products, whilst responsibly disposing of the waste that we do produce.

2025 Goal – to be Western Australia’s first carbon neutral cardiology company.

Cassie Milford
Sustainability Officer

Below are our latest initiatives and educational shares.  We encourage anyone to contact Cassie on (08) 6314 6833, if you would like to know more about any of these initiatives or if you have an initiative that you believe could assist us in our sustainability goals, because together we can all make a difference.


ECOSIA: THE SEARCH ENGINE THAT PLANTS TREES.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Ecosia is a search engine that donates at least 80% of its profits to not-for-profit organizations that focus on reforestation and planting trees where they are needed most. They are carbon negative and in 2020 were the first company to produce twice as much solar power as they needed. They now plant one tree every second across 21 reforestation projects around the planet. So when you search with Ecosia you’re planting trees that fight climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere, accelerate the energy transition away from fossil fuels and can feel good that you’re helping out the planet while you search for cat videos (but not at work 😉). To set Ecosia as your default browser, visit the website and click the button below. You can also sync the setting so it defaults to all the PCs you log into.

www.ecosia.org/

It’s one small way we can make a difference at work without having to lift a finger. You also get a tree-counter in the top righthand corner so you know how many trees you’ve planted!   

Happy searching and tree-planting!!

Hand Sanitizer Switch

Friday, October 23, 2020

In a continued effort to strive towards a greener company we will now transition over to a new hand sanitiser supplier.
Why is it great?

  • It’s a WA owned company and is produced (with Australian products) in their warehouse in Bayswater, keeping all jobs within WA.
  • They deliver in 20L tubs which we will use to refill our existing bottles, so no more pump bottles in the bin.
  • The tubs that we empty will be collected when they next visit us to drop off our new order to be refilled and reused (zero waste!)
  • The sanitiser is 80% and meets all WHO requirements.

WGAC

Friday, October 02, 2020
We use Who Gives a Crap (WGAC) toilet paper and tissues across all our sites. We have been supporting WGAC for several years now because they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for the 2 billion people across the globe who do not have access to one. So far, they have donated $8.3 million to help provide proper sanitation for people in need.  They do home deliveries so you can support them too: https://au.whogivesacrap.org/.  They also have a 100% money-back guarantee.  They know you'll love their products, but if for any reason you don't, send them back for a full refund. Good for the world, good for people, good for your bum.

Recycling myths - Disposable coffee cups, recyclable or not?

Friday, September 25, 2020
  • Disposable coffee cups can NOT be recycled
  • MOST paper water cups cannot be recycled
  • Standard paper cups are lined with plastic to make them waterproof
  • The BioPak cups that we use in reception have a plant-based lining and can only be recycled at our Mount rooms (City of Perth). At all other sites they must go into landfill.
  • Most lids CAN be recycled, just give them a rinse first!
  • The solution: BYO keep cup and water bottle!

Did you know that these cafés near our offices offer a discount when you BYO keep cup?

  • Medico’s (Hollywood Medical Centre) – 30c discount for staff
  • Health Freak Café (Mount) – 10% discount and only a 3-minute walk from our rooms
  • Staff coffee cart at Joondalup Health Campus – 50c discount
  • Coffee Club (Murdoch Wexford Centre) – 50c discount
  • Nexus (same block as our Mt Lawley rooms) 5% discount
  • Einstein’s (Hollywood Specialist Centre) – no discount but will make your coffee in a plain coffee mug if you forget your Keep cup

Get your caffeine fix AND save money!

Milk Cartons                                                                                                     
  • None of our previous long-life milk cartons could be recycled, as these are made from a mixed material “Tetra pack”.  
  • Liquid paperboard (1L cartons) and 2L milk bottles (HDPE2 plastic) can be recycled (remove lid, these can be collected and taken to Precious Plastics for recycling).
  • We have now phased out these Tetra packs, which have been replaced with recyclable alternatives. 


Other Items
  • Pen recycling box at the Mount
  • Planet Ark ink and toner recycling – take used cartridges back to the Mount for recycling
  • All damaged leads and electrical cables are taken to e-waste recycling facilities

Bedroll, Hand Towels & Pens      

     

  • As long as bed rolls are not soiled they can be recycled.
  • Pens can not go in normal recycling, however we do not have a pen graveyard at the Mount for special recycling.

Nespresso Recycling

Friday, September 18, 2020

We have expanded our Nespresso pod recycling facilities across our sites.  In the past we only had a large recycling bin at the Hollywood rooms.  We have now rolled out smaller recycling bags to our external sites: Joondalup, Midland, Mt Lawley, Murdoch and Bentley. These bags hold up to 200 used pods and are easily placed in the general post back to Nespresso when they are full.  Hollywood and the Mount have the full-sized cardboard recycling bins.

Now we can all enjoy some caffeinated goodness without the guilt of waste going to landfill!


A Good reason to switch off

Monday, September 07, 2020


Sustainable Officer Announcement

Thursday, August 27, 2020
We are pleased to announce that Cassie Milford has put her very excited hand up to take on the role of Sustainability Officer.  Cassie is very passionate about sustainability and operates a zero-waste household, so we look forward to her providing sustainability guidance to help us make a positive difference in our business and beyond.   
Sustainability Officer role duties:
  • Collate and present potential eco and sustainability practices and actions to the management team for review and consideration.
  • Coordinate the implementation of approved eco and sustainability practices and actions.
  • Promote eco and sustainability awareness.
  • Be the first port of call for colleagues wishing to have more information / education or take action on issues.
  • Identifying and assisting with gaining applicable certifications.

If you have opportunities for improvement or would like more information on eco and sustainability topics, please feel free to discuss them with her.  

And of course, a big thanks to Cassie for taking on this role.