“Did you know that each person [on the planet] throws out four and a half pounds of trash a day?” he told NBC 7 News. “Now multiply that by 3.8 billion people. How many pounds is that?”
These words were spoken by a 12 year-old by the name of Sam Klein, who started his own recycling business. He earns up to $200 for each box of ink cartridges he recycles and donates the proceeds to charities in his home town of St. Louis, Missouri.
This is one way to make a difference. Looking to create a green business operation is another. What can you do? There are very easy and simple options that are available. Here are some ideas;
Paper: Purchase 100% recycled paper for every day printing. Did all of those pages that were tossed need to be printed? Proofread those documents electronically before they are printed.
Lights: Are the lights turned off in rooms that are not being used? Merely turning off the lights when not in use (especially at night) can save a company between 10-15% of their utility bill. Consider adding stickers to the light switches to remind staff to turn off the lights or purchase sensor lights that will turn off automatically.
Energy: Save energy and turn off computers, monitors, and printers overnight. Assign one person each week that will check the office before leaving to make sure all equipment is turned off. This not only makes it happen but starts building accountability and responsibility among all the staff.
eco-officiency has an assessment tool developed in Excel that will help you explore all the areas where you can make your business a greener environment.
There is a good feeling that comes when employees know they are making a difference for the environment. By coming together in the office as a team, they develop a sense of accomplishment that you can be sure is shared with their families. This environmental effort just may carry over into their home life, if it did not exist there already.
Contact us and we will work with you to create a green environment for your business.