- Recycling tips at home
Avoid single-use plastics
One of the key causes of pollution, single use plastics such as straws, packaging and wrapping can easily be replaced when we adopt solutions such as reusable shopping bags and totes.
When shopping, carry your cloth bag
For the weekly or daily trip to the duka or supermarket, carrying a heavy duty shopping bag or bags will help reduce the amount of litter from packing bags.
Buy in bulk
The possibility of buying in bulk is a great chance to reduce the number of plastics that are used ad disposable packaging.
Replace plastic containers for glass tupperware
Plastics are made of harmful chemicals that may harm our health. Glass Tupperware is better as it does not contaminate your food.
Be an ambassador for recycling
There’s a lot of small steps we can take at home, and championing the cause goes a long way to make sustainable living a daily activity.
Get to know your plastics
By understanding the properties of different plastics, you stand to better know how to recycle. This knowledge helps reduce the burden of sorting out plastics for recycling.
Use plastics free make up and brushes
Fashion and clothing have come a long way to offer wood-based brushes, natural fibers, and make up alternatives that are plastic free.
Repurpose, don’t throw away
When plastics are unavoidable, use them for different uses such as long term storage.
- Things we can do to reduce waste at the office
- GO DIGITAL
Consider adding a “think before you print” footnote to your emails. Going paperless is the first major step towards reducing the impact of your business to the environment. By using cloud storage services, you stand to gain a lot more.
- KEEP A RECYCLING BINS PLACED AT THE RIGHT PLACES
Create convenience for recycling by incentivizing recycling within the office by adding more bins and clearly labeling for different types of trash.
- PRINT LESS, PRINT SMARTER
Unless extremely necessary, reduce the need for printing and when that is not applicable ensure the least amount of paper is used by printing on both sides of paper, using smaller fonts and saving up to 50% on print costs.
- CROCKERY OVER CONVINIENCE
Drop the party cups and plates for real crockery and silverware in the office, branding them would add more value. Build a culture of responsibility and have everyone cleaning their own dishes.
- BUY IN BULK
Where possible buy office supplies in bulk, this will reduce the need for more packaging and you’ll benefit from lower prices for a longer time.
- PARTNER WITH A COLLECTION OR RECYCLING CENTER
Working directly with recycling companies offers a great way to close the loops of transporting waste by shortening the amount of logistics involved.
- GIVE EMPLOYEES A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Promote wellness through giveaways of reusable water bottles. This is a great way to brand the company and create awareness of your commitment to be a sustainable business.
- DONATE OLD ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
As businesses adapt to new technologies, join the sustainability movement and provide old computers and equipment to needy institutions such as rural schools or colleges.