We probably don’t have to tell you why you need to reduce corporate waste, but here it goes. First things first, you are contributing to making the world a better place and protecting the environment from pollution and overcrowded landfills. At the same time, you’re also improving your business efficiency by spending less on supplies you don’t need.
But, the real question is: how do you reduce corporate waste?
Here are five ways to get you started:
One-third of the waste produced every day in developed countries comes from packaging. The range of materials used is extremely diverse, from cardboard and plastic wrap to metallic canisters and wooden boxes. Without a well-thought-out system, all of these have the potential to end up as trash.
Switching from cardboard boxes to plastic or wooden boxes can save you a lot of money (Pepsi-Cola earned $44 million from this small change, for instance). You can repair pallets or even upcycle them into lawn furniture. You can also save a lot of money on packaging if you buy in bulk.
Actively Reduce Paper Waste
If you want to improve business efficiency, then you should be focusing on reducing waste as well, not just cutting your expenses. A paperless office may not be the right solution, but you can start to use paper wisely.
Buy good quality paper, like Double A, that you can reuse. Print on both sides or make scratch pads from used paper. Did your business evolve, and now you need to change your logos and letterheads? Don’t throw away old sheets of paper; use them for in-house memos. In the end, don’t throw away paper, but reuse it.
If your facility is large enough to have a cafeteria, there are countless ways to combat food waste and provide a more sustainable working environment. Provide space for composting and use compostable plates, cutlery and napkins. Cities like Seattle, for instance, have public services that collect food scraps. Pressure your local authorities to implement similar programs in your area too.
Cut Food Waste
Along those same lines, donate the extra food left in the cafeteria at the end of a workday instead of throwing it to the trash. This simple gesture can help your reduce waste and provide food to someone who really needs it.
One of the best (and easiest) ways to improve business efficiency is by saving energy. You can begin with minor changes, such as using LED lighting and unplugging computers when not in use. You can also define policies for changing equipment with more energy efficient devices (use the Energy Star guidelines for this) and better, more lasting brands so that you won’t have to replace them every three years. E-waste is one of the most insidious types because its effects on the environment are lasting, but not as apparent as plastic bottles gathering up Caribbean islands.
If you want to become a sustainable company and save some money in the process, think about these five steps you can take. They are just the first on the path to environmental consciousness and responsibility. Contact Us!