Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impacts. Wanting to address their organic waste Globe International, a Port Phillip based skateboard brand, installed a worm farm and veggie patch on a disused plot at their head office and made it available to staff. They planted a seed and it grew.
Environmental and Social Responsibility Manager, Jason Boulter, has been pleasantly surprised by staff response to the two new additions, “We ended up with more volunteers to care for the worms than we could cope with. We have a worm waitlist”. They now have a fully functioning worm farm that is coping with all their organic waste, a thriving veggie patch that staff are using to freshen up their salads.
Perhaps more surprising is the impact it’s had on staff. It’s brought people together from different departments. It’s inspired some to start worm farming at home and others to get back into composting. People are found chatting around the veggie patch and taking little breaks that put a smile on their faces and break up their working day.
Local cafes have heard about the worm farm and veggie patch and enquired about bringing their coffee grounds to be used as compost. Globe are now considering adding more farms and patches to accommodate the local community. They also provide staff with access to e-waste and soft plastic recycling, Jason has noticed that people are now bringing their waste from home and using this service.
So there you have it, a humble worm farm and veggie patch has made a real difference, not only to environmental outcomes but to the wellbeing of a team and community. They are now looking at their improving their energy efficiency and their long term goal is to move towards operating as a zero waste organisation, incorporating packaging and products.
Globe International are one of 13 businesses taking part in City of Port Phillip’s Smart Solutions for Businesses Program. The Program supports local businesses to operate smarter, greener and more sustainably. The worm farm and veggie patch were installed by Worm Lovers with a comprehensive handover to ensure both are happy and healthy.
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