With Earth Day approaching and Q2 just beginning, it’s the perfect time for your business to embark on a more environmentally-friendly path. Going green can strengthen customer loyalty, save you money, and exceed buyers’ expectations.
Earth Day is a friendly reminder to make your business safer for the environment; put an end to detrimental operations with these simple, yet impactful changes. Learn how your business can go green this Earth Day.
It’s time to take a look in the environmental mirror. Awareness is key when implementing changes.
A few areas to consider:
Your efforts should be focused on the R’s:
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Rot, THEN Recycle.
Be honest with yourself on your weaknesses and where you can make changes. Then, develop a strategy for implementation.
When you cannot refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, or rot, then you and your team are ready to recycle. Promote recycling for customers and employees by making bins explicit and accessible. The more waste you are able to divert from the landfill, the better. It’s important to note that most are unaware of what items can be recycled, so be sure to include distinct signage. Reminder: traditional trash bags ARE NOT recyclable and can divert your recyclables back to the dump.
Enevo customers are able to track their recycling diversion rates on our customer portal to quantitatively monitor their progress.
The tools and appliances you use affect your company’s overall carbon footprint. When seeking new appliances, look for energy efficient products that have multiple purposes.
Compact-fluorescent or LED lighting can improve your sustainability. While energy efficient bulbs tend to be more expensive, they last longer and use less energy. Make sure employees are turning off their electronics and appliances at the end of the day. Powering down is better for the planet and your wallet.
Paperless has its perks: storing everyday operations on the Cloud is convenient and environmentally-friendly. Popular Cloud options include Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive, providing your company with an eco-friendly place to store and access your digital files—improving communication and collaboration. The transition from paper to digital is becoming more commonplace, and Earth Day is the perfect excuse for you to do the same.
Enevo technology allows our customers to only pay for the services they need. When our customers use and dispose of less paper, their collections decrease and so do their costs.
Encouraging and rewarding green transportation among employees like carpooling, public transport services, biking, and ridesharing can chip away at carbon emissions.
While individual transportation has its own environmental impact, industrial transportation has a much larger carbon footprint. Take a look into the industrial transportation your business utilizes, i.e. how you ship and receive products or any service that requires a big truck. Consciously partner with service providers that operate as green as possible.
For example, when running our large trash trucks, Enevo’s dynamic Smart-Routing technology reduces truck run time. With our dumpster sensors monitoring fill levels, our trucks utilize Smart-Routing technology to create dynamic routes that drive the fewest number of miles while preventing dumpster overflow – keeping costs and carbon emissions low.
New furniture and décor can be tempting, but it’s not quite eco-friendly. When furnishing your space, it’s best to go second-hand. If it can’t be avoided, research the suppliers’ environmental efforts.
When disposing of old furniture, explore selling or donating before throwing away. Before you toss a couch in your dumpster, be sure to notify your waste service provider to schedule a specialized collection. Most furniture cannot be processed by standard waste services. This contamination can disrupt your waste services and your organization’s sustainability.
At Enevo, our sensors can sense sudden disruptions in fill levels that can indicate a bulk item has been disposed of improperly. For our customers that experience a lot of bulk waste, we develop strategic bulk waste programs to keep your trash and recycling services timely and on track.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is becoming a top priority for businesses. Channel environmental efforts into volunteer efforts. Consider offering your employees a volunteer initiative, paid or unpaid. Community efforts outside of work are good for the team and good for the earth.
Beyond your paperless efforts, you may also want to try installing environmentally-friendly business apps. Apps have a unique eco-friendly allure since they don’t require independent, dedicated hardware. Established technology resources can ease your green transition and guide your practices to reduce your business’s carbon footprint. Apps like PaperKarma, GoodGuide, and GoToMeeting are all effective choices for those wanting to commence green business practices. Utilizing technology is a great way to manage your waste, and you can even sign up for a smart waste management system to mark your sustainability progress, monitor your waste over time, oversee collection schedules, and track savings.
For other tech and appliances that do have dedicated hardware, always be sure to dispose of properly. Electronics and batteries cannot be processed via traditional waste and recycling services. Work with your waste services provider to establish dedicated electronic waste services to stay green and keep waste services running smoothly.
If you provide food for your employees or customers, be sure to order and source as sustainably and ethically as possible. Note green packaging and keep thorough records of food usage to prevent over-ordering and unnecessary food waste. The most environmentally-friendly way to dispose of food is to eat it!
Feeling brave? Start composting. Compost collection services can make the process a lot easier and less intimidating. You’d be surprised how much food waste you can divert from the dump.
If you find yourself throwing away excessive amounts of non-compostable food waste, consider a food donation program. It’s green and free PR. At Enevo, we established a food donation program for an international doughnut franchise, diverting 13 TONS of food waste away from the dump and back into the community.
When procuring new materials and supplies, seek out greener products. Recycled products that are sustainable, biodegradable, or reusable are all effective in reducing environmental damage. Start with smaller items such as pens, cleaners, and paper towels, and then move your way up to larger equipment.
Cleaning up your business and the planet may seem like a tall order, but it starts with the little things. Your community looks to its local businesses to lead the way and provide eco-friendly options for purchase. Doing what you can to make your business more economically and environmentally friendly can go a long way, and thankfully, it doesn’t take much.
Let this upcoming Earth Day motivate you to start making some changes.