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The effects that modern life has on our planet is a cause of growing concern, with Governments and organisations taking action to reduce our global impact. Consequently, there has never been a better time to look at how your business can reduce not only the waste generated but also cut the amount of carbon emissions being produced.
Below, we will explore four simple ways your business can reduce its environmental impact.
Shockingly, a total of 24 million tonnes of cardboard is discarded every year, and while in our personal lives we’re increasingly reusing and recycling plastic bags and cardboard; can the same be said for our work lives?
However, if you’re looking for a sure-fire way to reduce the environmental impact of your business, either moving to sustainable packaging or sourcing through suppliers who do is crucial. Packaging alternatives such as FSC and PEFC labelled recycled and recyclable bags are simple and effective alternatives for you and your suppliers to use.
Landfill in the UK is a serious problem, with 57 million tonnes of waste being disposed of every year. However, there are many ways to recycle and reduce your impact. Sourcing suppliers whose initiatives include recycling and reusing your old your old office items such as office furniture and corporate clothing provides a convenient and green solution to your waste woes.
This can be achieved through reverse logistics, a unique delivery and waste collection initiative in which waste is collected upon a subsequent delivery. This enables your waste recycling to be collected while eliminating the need for additional suppliers and reducing CO2 levels due to fewer deliveries.
3. Excess supplier deliveries
Many companies purchase a small number of products from a vast pool of suppliers. This results in a large amount of deliveries every month and numerous invoices to process, with some medium-sized businesses having to process over 10,000 supplier invoices per month. Due to the large number of separate deliveries, your companies environmental footprint is also drastically increased, as with more deliveries comes more waste and CO2 emitted.
However, consolidating your supplier base is an easy way for you to not only reduce supplier costs but also the number of orders you receive; ultimately reducing your supply chain’s CO2 output and waste for recycling.
When purchasing your office supplies, such as paper or toners, have you ever looked to see whether the products are made from recycled and biodegradable materials? Procuring re-developed products, manufactured from post-consumer waste is an efficient way to continue the life span of a product and practically reduce the environmental footprint of using these everyday office essentials.
While there are a number of other ways you can reduce your business’ environmental impact, reviewing both your own company and your suppliers against the four tips above could help to save you both time and money while improving your companies environmental impact.
If you want to work with a supplier who can support your business and CSR goals, contact OfficeTeam today