Reducing waste in the workplace is a fantastic way to help protect the environment while improving your brand awareness.
If you are wanting to implement some innovative sustainability methods in your office, here are eight tips from E&E Waste to consider.
1. Reduce Your Reliance on Printers
Whilst it might seem impossible to conduct your work without printed handouts, full ring binders or pinned-up sheets on noticeboards, the use of printing is now becoming archaic and unnecessary with the rise in digital technology.
You can now file written information online by using cloud storage systems, so there is no need to use up excess ink and paper.
2. Re-use Supplies
Throwing away usable office materials just because you, yourself, cannot use them is far from sustainable. Instead, focus on the moral of sharing your supplies with other colleagues.
If this is hard to implement, you can create a communal space in the building for people to put scrap paper, refillable pens and other items that are not yet at the end of their lives.
3. Encourage Collaboration
One way to promote sustainability in the office is to get everyone on board with the effort.
You could make a noticeboard where you post reminders of things they can do or create an email address where they can submit their own ideas to you. This will help them become more involved and feel part of this new movement in their workplace.
4. Host Fundraisers for Local Sustainability Campaigns
Are there any local groups who are keen on sustainability in your area?
Why not get them involved by asking them to visit your organisation to deliver talks to your colleagues? Or, you could take it a step further by organising a fundraising event for further collaboration.
Partnering with these campaigners can help you to learn how to make your strategies better and allow them to sustain themselves with your raised funds.
5. Be Mindful Of Your Canteen
One of the more obvious ways to reduce the waste your business produces is by monitoring the food you buy in and repurposing any that is not eaten during the day. If you notice certain items aren’t being consumed, reduce or cut them out of your offering entirely.
6. Research Your Suppliers
Do a thorough background check of your suppliers – if you haven’t already done so, now is a good time. Where are your suppliers buying their resources from? What substances are they using in their products, and are these environmentally friendly?
7. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
There are some cleaning products that are recognised as being more environmentally friendly than others, which you should start to implement in place of those with stronger chemicals. This is bound to have a better effect on both your employees’ health and the environment around you.
8. Recycle More
If you tend to put all your rubbish into general waste, you need to make a more conscious effort to recycle.
To help with this, we recommend hiring one of our skip bins. We’ll collect your waste at regular intervals and then take it to a recycling plant, so you know it’s being disposed of correctly.