How Companies Stay Eco Friendly During the Summer
It’s officially summertime – the ultimate season for grilling, chilling and traveling! As more consumers become environmentally conscious, they’re looking for companies who have a green office as well as shifting habits at home. Summer can be a challenging time for those going green, but simple shifts can help. Reusable dinnerware instead of disposables at family cookouts, salt water pools instead of chlorine, and packing food for vacations instead of eating out every meal are some examples.
If you’re wondering how to keep a green office for your environment-friendly company during the summer, here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Raise the Temperature
How many times have you seen a meme about employees wearing their winter coats to work to withstand the arctic temperatures of office buildings? Raise the temperature a couple degrees! Employees will thank you, you will use significantly less energy, and it’s another step towards being environmentally conscious.
2. Strive to Go Paperless
A lot of businesses are slower in the summer, making it a good time to launch new initiatives, like reducing paper in your office. Work with a document scanning and retention company to move your paper files to the cloud, and then start a paper shredding or recycling program to handle future paper waste and reduce your impact on landfills.
3. Start or Expand a Recycling Program
Do you know if your local sanitation company offers curbside or dumpster recycling? If you’re in an office building, does the landlord or property management company offer recycling? If something is not already available, check out local recycling companies and start your own program. Offices can benefit from paper, plastic and aluminum recycling, while plants and factories can set up scrap metal and cardboard recycling. Not only are you being green when you recycle, but you may be able to make a little extra cash, too!
4. Get an Energy Audit
They’re often free from your local power company, and they can reveal many ways that you can reduce the amount of energy you use, be more sustainable, and save money! They might suggest you switch from traditional incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs to compact-fluorescent (CFL) or LED lights, or they might have advice to help your HVAC system run more efficiently and save you money.
5. Install a Dishwasher in Your Break Room
Particularly for small offices, encourage employees to bring in cups and utensils from home, or even purchase a couple sets of inexpensive dining ware for office use. Install a dishwasher and begin reducing the amount of disposable items you buy as you incorporate new green break room procedures.
6. Switch to Biodegradable Cleaners
Talk to your janitorial service about their green cleaning options, and ask for them to switch to non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products.
Combined Resources Inc. can Help your Chicago Area Business Stay Green this Summer
If a recycling program is on your agenda for this summer, contact Combined Resources for a free recycling audit. In addition to providing bins and basic pickup services for recyclables, we can help identify opportunities to streamline your operations and incorporate best practices to produce less waste, be more environmentally conscious, and reduce your business’s carbon footprint. Call us today at 630-693-0111 to schedule your free audit!
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