Whilst we may ask ourselves the question ‘What can I do to help the environment?’ It’s just as important to ask our businesses and organisations what they are doing to help the world a greener place. The great news is that many companies are now transitioning into a more sustainable way of doing business and the more organisations that do this, the quicker the world can get back to a cleaner and healthier environment.
Our motto has always been about making recycling fast, free and fair. So it seems fitting to start there.
Recycling without a doubt is hugely important, and luckily most businesses already understand this but with landfill waste still being a massive problem in the UK and contributing to a huge chunk of greenhouse gases more can be done. When you use recycling companies like Collect My Clothes, you can guarantee that absolutely none of your unwanted clothing goes to landfill. Instead, it all goes to a brand new home and helps out those who are in desperate need of new clothing.
We like to think that services such as ours make recycling for business owners hassle-free and you can take a look at our services page to find out more here.
When COVID-19 hit we were forced to work from home and for many companies it taught them that cutting down their commute to the office, whilst still working efficiently is possible.
By utilising virtual meetings, your business is guaranteed to save time, money and most importantly, emissions by cutting out unnecessary travel. Did you know that ‘cars account for over 18% of UK emissions, according to government figures‘ a percentage that could easily be cut down if more of us took up walking or cycling to work.
For years office life has been paper based, with contracts, HR letters and general documents all being paper based. However, as the world moves to a more digital way of working, we must look into a paperless working environment. Going paperless helps to reduce C02 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Turning a single tree into 17 reams of paper results in around 110 lbs of C02 being released into the atmosphere. And the great news is that there are hundreds of apps and programs that will allow you to be 100% paperless in the office. Including digital business cards to google sharing drives, instant messaging apps to online HR management, when we break it down like this, there is no need to rely on paper.
Cycle to Work Scheme
Encouraging employees to sign up for the cycle to work scheme is a great way to help cut down on harmful emissions. And is likely to fit in with your business scheme, if you are a business that needs employees in the office on a regular basis. Luckily for us here in the UK, this is a government-backed initiative that allows employers to purchase bikes and equipment at a discounted price. It’s great for the planet and our health!
Set Up a Green Team
If you really want to ensure your business is on top of being green, then why not set up a green team. A green team can be a number of individuals who already work for your brand but alongside their role, they will manage and develop new green initiatives that can last long-term. It’s important that your employees are connected and want to help make the company greener because this will ensures that the changes you make stick and become part of your business culture.
You can empower your green team to put in place new initiatives by allocating them a budget and setting new targets. By giving them the autonomy to make the changes they believe are necessary – will ensure you stay ahead of the game as a company. When your staff is invested in the change you’re making, they’ll advocates those changes to their peers, creating a widespread culture of employee participation.
All five tips we have shared today are super easy to start implementing and it’s important everyone plays their part in helping the environment. Why not begin by taking a look at our recycling services today?