Editor’s weekly: Going green

Members of the Linklaters’ graduate recruitment team must be wondering around wearing halos at the moment.

First the magic circle firm decided to ditch law fair freebies and donate the £18,000 it saved by doing so to fund a literacy festival for five to 15-year-olds in Hackney, East London (read article).

And now it’s thinking about scrapping its graduate recruitment brochures in a bid to become more environmentally friendly.

As we reported on Tuesday (3 November) Linklaters said it hopes to put a stop to printing the usual 7,500 hard copies of its graduate recruitment brochure next year, but only if students are keen on the idea (see full story).

I personally think it’s a brilliant idea. As I’ve been touring universities in recent weeks as part of the traditional law fair circuit I couldn’t help but wonder about how much waste is being generated. Indeed, as I watched students walk around the fairs grabbing anything they can get their hands on I questioned just how much of it was going to go straight in the bin?

What’s more I was horrified to see that a number of organisations, including BPP Law School, were dishing out plastic carrier bags.

Cynics may question whether Linklaters really does care about the environment or if its actions are just a clever way to disguise a cost saving measure.

Either way, any initiative that cuts down on waste is a welcome move.