Become Green & Lean in Your Office by Jessica Hodges
We received a lovely pamphlet on how to be Green & Lean in your workplace environment. Check out what it said:
“At home, most of us recycle; many of us are committed to minimizing waste, buying organic and doing our part to help contribute to a healthier and greener environment. But in the workplace, it’s sometimes a different story. Trash cans can be seen full of recyclable item. Restrooms are stocked with virgin paper products while being cleaned with potentially environmentally harmful chemical products. Breakrooms are typically stocked full of foam and traditional plastic cups, petroleum-based plastic utensils; and non-organic everything.
Now is the time to start thinking about converting your place of business to a more green-concious work environment, but maybe you’re not sure where to begin? For starts, there are many alternatives to traditional Breakroom, Restroom, and Recycling products. Contrary to popular belief, it’s much easier, and can be less costly, to switch over to earth-concious choices than ever before. While many think that Green products are more expensive, many are now available at competitive prices and are as functional and effective as their traditional counterparts.
Many of us understand that these traditional non-green products produce billions of pounds of waste per year:
- 4.5 billion pounds of restroom paper
- 6 billion pounds of cleaning products
- 100 billion plastic trash bags
- 2 billion pounds of plastic water bottles
When we make an effort to reduce our carbon footprint by regularly purchasing and using recycled, biodegradable and compostable products, both at home and the office, it lessens the pressure put on our natural resources and helps to keep the ecosystems intact. In addition, it saves energy and water, assists in preservation of landfill space, supports recycling markets and bolsters the economy..
“Green” is the only way to go when we consider what George Burns once said, “I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.”
Suggestions for a GREEN Breakroom:
Use biodegradable breakroom products that reduce the impact of trash generation: These can include:
Other products that can also be used daily in the breakroom and are better for the environment:
- Recycled Paper Napkins
- Recycled Paper Towels
- Recycled Draw-String Trash Can Liners
- Recycled Soap Pads
- Environmentally Friendly Dish Detergents & Cleaners
The EPA states “Recycling prevents the emission of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants that save energy, supplies valuable raw materials to industry, creates jobs, stimulates the development of greener technologies, conserves resources for our children’s future and reduces the need for new landfills and combustors.”
Currently, the US recycles approximately 32% of its waste, which saves an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases to removing 39,000,000 cars from the road annually.
Start Your Recycling Program
- Determine what you will recycle
- Purchase the appropriate recycling containers and compostable trash can liners
- Place containers in easy accessible places- next to your desk, copier, printer, breakroom, etc
- Make sure containers are properly identified-plastic, paper, and waste
- Notify employees/co workers of the available recycling containers.
For more information on green/recycled products, call us at 877-SHOP-001 and we’ll help you find what you need + save a lot of green!