Implementing sustainability in your company is simpler than you think.
You do not need to make significant changes to your organization’s physical structure to care about the environment.
You have two significant benefits by saving resources: it reduces operating costs and makes your brand acceptable. Also, brands that have a sustainable supply are preferred by the majority of consumers.
But where to start? We have selected five simple actions that can help your business to be sustainable:
1. Have a waste recycling system
It is suitable for the environment: many companies sell recycled waste and create a new revenue source.
Use the five bins system:
All dry paper can be disposed of in the trash and any sulfite sheet, cardboard boxes, and envelopes. But some materials are not recyclable and cannot be thrown into this trash:
- Adhesive labels
- Carbon paper
- Masking tape
- Paraffined papers
- Plasticized papers
In short, everything made of paper and other materials cannot be recycled. It is a good idea to list the items and make them available, close to the disposal site so that everyone can check what can be reused.
Many of the metal items we use can be recycled. Only exclude cans where chemicals and used steel sponges were stored. The lunch box that cannot be cleaned is also not recyclable.
Here are the Tetrapak packages. The famous disposable cups can also be discarded, but encourage your employees to use mugs. You can also order some with the company’s brand and distribute them among them. It would look good in the photo, wouldn’t it?
Organic waste for composting
If you have plants in the company, purchase a composter. It is the best way to take advantage of organic waste. Sustainability involves the entire work environment.
Unusable organic waste
Here goes everything that cannot be reused and cannot go to the composter. Wet papers, adhesives, used steel sponges, etc.
2. Choose the right paper
Buying certified reforestation paper is the best for your office. Still, there is a “but”: 100% of the bond paper sold in most countries comes from reforestation areas, but when produced on large tracts of land (monoculture), it causes significant impacts – environmental and social – on the production site.
So, don’t settle for the certificate. Research about the sustainability practices adopted by the paper supplier. On the other hand, the more you can cut paper usage, the better. But it will depend a lot on your business. For printing, the same thing: use inks that do not harm the environment, preferably refill cartridges—swap old printers for the ones that save the most energy.
And if you need to print, use both sides of the paper. If this is not possible, keep printed paper that is no longer used and encourage your employees to use it as a draft.
3. Buy meals from local suppliers
It is estimated that a common meal traveled about 15 thousand kilometers to reach your plate. This involves a lot of air and noise pollution caused by boats, trucks, trains, and airplanes. Especially in Tropical regions, road construction causes deforestation and harms the environment.
The good news is that there are many suppliers in your city. Invest in the special menu of local suppliers in meetings and events.
Besides, buying food from nearby can be much cheaper and encourages local producers, favoring your city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
4. Turn off what is not being used
It seems like an essential tip, but the truth is that we maintain daily attitudes that cause waste without realizing it. See how much you can save by turning off electronic equipment and lights more often:
- Turning off the lights decreases the electric bill by 25%.
- Shutting down computers at the end of the day saves 50%.
- If you still unplug everything, you save 1 watt per hour (on average) on each device – that means 2% savings.
Another recommendation is to do the math to see how much you can save by replacing old bulbs with LED ones. Learn the comparison between the lamps:
Incandescent lamp 60 W = 4.5 W LED luminaire with savings of 55.5 W / hour.
40 W tubular fluorescent lamp = 18 W LED luminaire with 22 W / hour savings.
50 W dichroic lamp = 6 W LED luminaire with savings of 44 W / hour.
5. Replace old equipment
Electronic equipment is updated every year and becomes more and more economical. It is not always worthwhile to buy new products but set a maximum time to do so.
In the end, you may be spending more on your electric bill than you would pay if you bought new equipment. And, when making budgets, always give priority to what saves more on the electricity bill.
Even in simpler things: the microwave that employees use is more than three years old? Start considering the exchange.
Sustainability actions need not be big to have a real impact on your organization and city. Try to reduce the consumption of resources, such as electricity, water, paper, fuel, etc.
Did you like our tips? Have you already implemented a solution in the company that brought good results? Send us in the contact section! And let us know the results.