5 ways to improve how your business recycles

5 ways to improve how your business recycles

These days’ recycling in our homes is a normal habit and is for the most, a council law. More and more of us separate our waste to perfection; food, plastic, paper and even grass cuttings get a separate box and all for good reason. We want to teach our children the importance of recycling, we want to build a sustainable home and we want to comply with the council laws. At our place of work, sometimes things can be a little bit different. We meet standard requirements, such as recycling paper etc but, could we be doing anymore at work? Are we reserving our green energy for home? Well, there are lots of easy ways to be green at work, here are just a few.

1) Get paper friendly:

We recently discussed why it pays to go green when printing and paper is the first place to start when it comes to recycling in your business. When you make the decision to use FSC certified recycled paper as part of your printing process, you are promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. You are also looking after your carbon footprint and setting an example for others to follow.

Remember to print on both sides of your paper and only print in colour if it is absolutely necessary. Despite the perception many companies have, recycled paper doesn’t mean poorer quality paper.  It’s anything but this. Speak to our recycled paper experts today for more information on high quality, low cost and environmentally friendly paper.

Recycled paper - Digital PrintingSource: Recycle reminders

2) Sustainable Ink:

Like with recycled paper, often people have a grave misconception that vegetable/soy based oil used in ink (rather than the traditional mineral oil) is of a lower quality. This may well have been true in times gone by, but these days, vegetable/soy oil is the sustainable future of ink. Make the simple change to eco oils in your work place and you will be taking one more step to a greener work place.

sustainable print inks - Digital PrintingSource: Christine Park

3) Get online:

In today’s technology obsessed world, there is no reason that businesses should not be communicating online. This means operating online. Send emails, statements or information online. If you haven’t already started offering online communication (be that B2B or B2C), then now is the time. Communicating with staff should also be done online. The idea of a “notice board” or “communications board” is obsolete today; they need to be updated daily and are very high maintenance. You can communicate effectively with staff online.

4) Inform and educate:

Sometimes even the most professional recyclers can stumble upon grey areas.

• Should I be recycling this type of plastic?

• Is this supposed to go in this bin?

These are just a few questions that can crop up now and again. Educating your staff is a crucial activity in the work place. Bring in professionals to talk about the how and why of recycling. Building awareness is vital to becoming a greener business.

5) Green tools:

Keep green at the forefront of everyone’s mind by using environmentally friendly stationary. This can include pens, rulers, staplers etc all made in a green proof way. Green office supplies are strong, durable and just as capable as non recycled materials.

Eco friendly pen - Digital PrintingSource: Trinidad Aces

Going green is good for you, your employees and your business. To keep up with ways to stay green in printing and in business, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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