As the effects of global warming continue to become more pronounced, it’s more important than ever to ensure your company is doing its best to become environmentally responsible. With over 230 million tons of waste produced each year in America alone, there isn’t much time to fool around when it comes to the environment. This blog post looks at five suggestions to help you enforce green practices in your company!
1. Make Recycling Easy
Enforcing green practices is going to be difficult if it’s hard for your team to recycle. Confusing labels on your recycling containers and long walks to the recycling area severely diminishes people’s will to recycle on a consistent basis. Keep your recycling system as simple as possible. Invest in multiple high-quality recycling bins so people can recycle in any area of your office. It’s also a good idea to create a space for scrap paper. Reusing paper significantly reduces the amount of paper your company goes through on a monthly basis. Putting systems in place to make reusing and recycling easy for your team is an excellent way for your company to start adopting green practices.
2. Skip Paper Where Possible
Despite technology becoming more integrated into our lives, about 95% of business information is still kept on paper. The United States by itself is responsible 68 million trees each year to produce paper for office and marketing materials. Chances are, paper is the most prominent area of waste in your office. If you can cut down on how much paper you use, your business can make a direct impact on helping the environment. Consider adopting CRM systems that allow your team to manage paperwork via a cloud system. You can also try file-sharing software which makes sharing and editing documents a simple task via computers and mobile devices.
3. Get An Energy Audit Done For Your Office
Getting an energy audit done is an excellent way to find out which areas of your company are wasting the most energy. Simple things like sealing cracks and leaks in your building can save you significant amounts of energy and money spent on utilities. Undergoing energy audits is also an excellent way to identify if your office is a good fit for alternative power sources such as solar power or geothermal. Many companies will perform an energy audit of your building at no cost. Take advantage of this service to find easy ways to help your business become more energy efficient.
4. Reuse Furniture As Much As Possible
Furniture is another area where businesses are guilty of creating waste. Every year, over 17 billions pounds of office furniture and equipment is sent to take up space in landfills. Changes in business operations such as moving, refurbishing or location closures often cause businesses to be in possession of a ton of furniture they don’t need. If your business needs to get rid of furniture, always try to give away or recycle first. A single desk chair is full of a ton of materials and chemicals that can be repurposed into other materials. Keep this in mind when deciding to get rid of furniture.
5. Recycle Your Electronics
Electronics pose a huge threat to the environment when not disposed of properly. Electrical equipment such as keyboards, computers and old monitors all contain chemicals that can be hazardous to the environment and humans if left unchecked. Check with your equipment vendor to see if they offer a rebate on used equipment. You also might be able to get a tax deduction by donating older electronic equipment that’s still in working condition. Make an effort to dispose of your electronics properly since they have a harsh effect on the environment.