Going green in your business.
Use “The 3 R Ethos”
A policy for environmental friendliness can be encapsulated in “The 3 Rs”. Just remember these and USE THEM and the rest is easy…
- Reduce: Just use less to save money and stretch resources.
- Reuse: If you can use something more than once – why wouldn’t you?
- Recycle: If you can’t use numbers 1 and 2 then recycling is your next step. It costs less to recycle something than to create it from scratch, saving energy and resources.
Turn down your heating to 19 degrees or less – you’ll save approx 8% of your costs per 1 degree lower.
Think before you print. Print double sided, and use draft/eco mode if it’s only for your use.
Turn off your PCs & other electrical or electronic equipment. It can save you around £30 per PC, per year.
Green web hosting – Never heard of it? The best option is hosting powered by renewable energy. Go to www.lightbeingcreations.co.uk for more information.
Think about renewable electricity for your building – Ecotricity (www.ecotricity.co.uk) are the best option by far, investing more in building new renewable generation capacity than all other suppliers put together.
Freecycle – www.uk.freecycle.org. Get rid of things you don’t want & pick up things you do want that others don’t. As you can tell by the name, there’s no cost and it reduces tipping.
Rechargeable batteries – These are much better these days and can be used in most devices without any issue. They can be recharged 100’s of times, but don’t mix standard and rechargeable batteries in the same appliance and NEVER try to recharge a non-rechargeable battery.
Print things that don’t have to be top quality on the back of letters etc. Make use of stuff you’re going to shred anyway.
Avoid charges for business recycling by using your household recycling (when appropriate).
WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006) came out of EU & basically says all electrical waste must be properly disposed of or businesses risk fines. Manufacturers have a responsibility of providing recycling for their products so get in touch with them to find out how you can help.
Plastics take hundreds of years to break down. Even after breaking down all you get is smaller bits of plastic! These kill & harm wildlife in the environment and enter the food chain, eventually ending up inside us – switch to bio-degradable plastic bags where you can.
That’s it Folks, some simple steps that we all can take on board to make a real difference.
Acknowledgement: Our thanks to Dan Knowlson, Green Business Audit for this post. www.greenbusinessaudit.co.uk