Green Business Bureau green tips
According to the EPA website, recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore. Almost everything we use in our offices can be recycled, including printed paper, used ink cartridges, empty cartons and old computers and printers.
Here are 5 simple tips from the Green Business Bureau to help your business recycle:
1) Get the iRecycle App. This is a simple app that helps you find a recycling facility near you.
2) Place clearly labeled recycling bins around the office. Provide separate bins for plastic, metal, glass and paper if your recycling system is not single-stream.
3) Place bins strategically. Easily accessible recycling bins are more likely to be used. Place a paper-recycling bin near the printer and aluminum/plastic/glass recycling bin in kitchen and break room.
4) Recycle hardware carefully. Take used batteries, old computers and printers to a certified electronic recycling facility.
5) Select a recycling coordinator. As with other programs, accountability is important. Choose a recycling coordinator who would be responsible for dropping off the recycled material at the right locations, encouraging and educating other employees about benefits of recycling. The recycling coordinator can also reward employees who recycle most with a free lunch, day off, etc.
Learn more about starting a workplace recycling program from the experts at Green Irene.
The Green Business Bureau wants to share four tips for greening your lunch break:
1) Bring your own dishes and coffee mug to work.
“If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good!”, Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
For industry specific tips, please visit http://www.gbb.org/industry-specific-green-resources/
Why conserve water? Did you know that people can use less than 1% of water in the world? Water is a precious natural resource, and because at least two-thirds of the United States have recently experienced water shortages, it’s important to do our best to conserve water (and save money along the way).
Following are Simple Tips from Green Business Bureau to help your business with water conservation practices:
1) Make a Plan. Share your commitment to water conservation with employees. Assign an employee as water conservation manager to monitor and implement your water conservation plan.
2) Purchase Wisely. Consider water usage when purchasing icemakers and dishwashers for your office.
3) Water Efficiency in Toilets: Upgrade toilets with water-efficient models. Make sure all faucets have water saving aerators.
4) Check Toilets for Leaks. Put food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix the leak and save 400 gallons a month!
5) Eliminate Daytime Landscape Watering. Water at night when the temperature is lower.
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The fastest and easiest way to save energy is to change energy usage behavior. For some energy savings tips please read http://www.seattle.gov/light/green/tips/tips2.htm
Green Tip: Hold your meetings remotely. Try to hold as many meetings as possible over the internet. Some suggested ways include google+, skype, anymeeting etc.
For more options: http://www.gbb.org/news/telecommute-to-save-the-world-–-but-still-work-efficiently/
Keep pollution out of your home. Declare your home smoke free zone. Test your home for radon and fix all leaks and drips in your home. For more tips http://www.lung.org/healthy-air/home/resources/keep-pollution-out-of-your-home.html