Wow! We canít believe weíre already into the third and most
important week of our favorite month. This week, which happens to contain the
official Earth Day, our theme is material conservation and waste reduction. Now, before you
think weíve committed to buying everything from pens to toilet paper to socks
and shoes out of recycled products, let us be the first to tell you that you wonít
see us waltzing around the office in an outfit made of hemp and old soda cans
any time soon. While we support all efforts to reduce waste, it really doesnít
have to be hard. And itís not just for hippies. In fact, itís really easy.
Here at corporate, weíve pledged to reduce our paper
consumption by 20%. After a 30 day tally for the month of March, we learned
that we used thousands of sheets of paper in one month. While a lot of this is
required for certain customer enrollment regulations and operations , it
doesnít take a member of the Sierra Club to determine where we could conserve.
Simply by reminding people to think before printing emails and double-siding
everything that is printed, weíre well on our way to materially reducing our
output. The best part is that by using less, we buy less and waste less, which reduces
carbon emission by avoiding greater production and distribution of more materials
(such as paper). It also saves money and cuts costs. See, we told you Earth
Month isnít just for hippies!
Hereís a few
easy ways you can reduce waste this week alone:
- Print double-sided. Or, examine any paper-heavy
processes you perform at home or in the office and see if they can be made
- Buy items in larger, industrial size containers.
Donít buy individually wrapped food products. Yogurts, crackers, baby carrots
and prunes are all healthy snack choices, but they do not need to be wrapped up
in individual containers.
- Refill your hand soap dispensers instead of
replacing. Itís a lot cheaper too!
- Do not use plastic water bottles. Seriously.
Even the ones with small caps. Itís not that hard to get a real water bottle.
Or just use a glass or cup if youíre not on-the-go
- If you do find a plastic water bottle in your
hands, make an effort to reuse the same one for at least a day.
- Go bagless. It you have a large family to buy
for it may be unrealistic at the grocery store, but you donít need a bag, 27
napkins, plastic cutlery and a receipt every time you go to into a deli. Just
grab your purchase and get out!
- Make sure your kids are using a re-usable
- Reuse containers that your food comes in:
takeout, hummus, cottage cheese, pickles, mayonnaise. Itís like getting your
own Tupperware for free!
- Instead of using paper towels, use a rag. Cut up
old t-shirts to make your own rags.
- Avoid using disposable household ďwipeĒ items: Swiffers, face wash wipes, wet wipes and disinfectant wipes all produce extra
materials and waste.
You don't need to makeover your entire life to reduce waste. Just try out one of our green tips, or a few but just for this week. If you already
you're already a waste-reducing, materials-conserving model of Earth Month behavior, email us your tips for waste-free living at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, if
you have a dress made out of hemp and soda cans, send us a picture!
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Welcome to Week 2 of Viridian's Earth Month campaign
. This week our theme is
energy conservation. For a company that spends a whole lot of time analyzing
the bills of our customers, we had never really taken much time to examine our
own. With a rapidly expanding corporate office, itís pretty hard to track a
pattern in our usage so we decided to take the monthly average since we moved
in. Our calculations showed that
we use 5,776 kWh as an office on average per month. Our pledge to reduce our
electricity usage by 20% this month puts us at an Earth Month goal of 4,620
kWh. So, how exactly does an office as busy and active as ours reduce kWh?
We started by looking around kitchen, which also serves as
the Green Team meeting room. Our first order of kWh business was to turn off
the lights in the kitchen where we receive plenty of natural sunlight.
Next we took a poll around the office to see if people would
be willing to go without the vending machines for 2 or 3 days out of the week,
and thankfully everyone was willing to sacrifice a Dr. Pepper or some Mike Ďn
Ikes for at least a couple days out of the week so we have implemented a 2 days off, 3 days on policy.
Finally, we looked at the growing sea of computers in our
office. While all of the computers do go to sleep, they are still using power
over night. To remind people to power down their computers over night
, as well
as other green office behavior, we created green tip cards for everyoneís
monitors. If you would like a copy of our green tip reminder card, email email@example.com
Read more tips
for reducing your office electricity usage and join us in our Earth Month challenge!