5 steps to a (more) plastic free office (+tips)

5 steps to a (more) plastic free office (+tips)

Today, as I prepared to post this, I realized I hadn’t prepared for lunch. So I ordered from a restaurant that I know uses eco-friendly packaging. Unfortunately, the delivery service put the order in a plastic bag. As I walked back in from collecting my lunch from the driver, three of my staff immediately pointed at me and shouted: Plastic bag! Pay 500 riel! We all laughed as I pulled out my wallet and put the money into our Plastic Shamming Box, for offenders such as myself. 18 months ago, this would have been impossible, with the office mostly swimming in single-use plastic. So how did we achieve our (mostly) plastic free office? Last Plastic Free July we committed as a team to becoming a plastic free office. Two interns from PSE’s environment program had just joined us for the summer and they were super eager to share what they had learned at school with our staff. Our young and brave interns gave a presentation on the plastic issue in Cambodia and led a discussion on how to avoid the Five Big Bad Ones: Styrofoam, plastic water and drink bottles, take away cups, straws and plastic bags, with lots of data on just how staggering the use of these is in Cambodia. It’s been one year now and what can we say about our success? Using no actual scale or measurement tool at all, I’d give us an 88% or A score for how far we have come to becoming a plastic free office. So how did we do it? Read below to learn about the steps we took, the...

How you can support us during Covid-19

Our way of life is changing… March 29, 2020 Greetings from Phnom Penh! There seems to be no news these days, but Covid-19 news. We check online what is happening in our area, our country and around the world too often, our minds and hearts are full of sadness, grief, anxiety, uncertainty. The numbers of infected and dead keep going up and the shut downs are spreading. Economies are grinding to a halt borders are closing. But we are not giving up! Keep reading to learn how you can support Cambodia Knits through this. Cambodia currently has at 104 cases officially, but it seems testing is not widespread and we have anecdotal evidence that more are possibly infected. At CK we are deeply worried about our knitters and the country as a whole. The health care infrastructure here is at a fraction of the capacity and skill that is needed. Should an outbreak on the scale of what is happening in the USA or Italy occur here, it would cause untold pain and suffering. Social distancing is a privilege I was struck by something I read yesterday. It was a message being shared on FB written by a doctor in India: social distancing is a privilege (full text below). I realized how lucky I was to be able to stock up on canned goods, pasta and to keep ordering in groceries. I have a fast home Internet connection. I have running water and health insurance and a bed and towels and Lego to entertain my child and savings and am generally healthy thanks to my economic position, and I know my family and I will get through...
Happy Earth Day from Cambodia Knits!

Happy Earth Day from Cambodia Knits!

Today is Earth Day,  the world largest environmental movement, it is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. In Cambodia, the rapid economic and population growth is leading to significant environmental pollution. Economic development activities have generated major environmental consequences, including air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and solid wastes. To support this movement, there we are implementing new rules at the workshop in Phnom Penh: encouraging our staff to stop using single-use plastic.  We’re already not using plastic for packaging our products and for shipping. Now, at the office, we are not allowed to use plastic at all No more bags or styrofoam boxes for lunch, no more plastic bottles. We try to replace them with reusable things, like a Tupperware box for lunch or your own bag. All the best to our headquarters team for making these small but important efforts!  ...
Team Building Friday Fun

Team Building Friday Fun

Taking time out from regular work day busy-ness and reflecting on how we work together is important in any organization. We’re committing the last Friday of every month to spend a couple hours together to “build our team”. As we are three brands sharing a workspace and often collaborating and supporting each other, we’ve brought together all the wonderful women who work here from Cambodia Knits, Fair Weave and Khmer Creations, or an afternoon of fun team games. The main activity was a challenging one. In groups, staff had to recreate a lego (well actually duplo, but they’re just bigger lego) creation. The model was hidden from view however, and only one member of the team was allowed to observe it and try to remember the construction. Once all members felt confident they knew how to arrange their pieces, they worked together (cooperatively, collaboratively) to recreate the model. But once they had started they were not allowed to go back and look! How did the teams do? Have a look at the final pictures below. Looking forward to next month’s team...

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