At Newlife Cleaning Systems, we are strongly committed to making environmentally-friendly decisions. We have worked hard to attain the ISO 1400:2004, which we currently hold. This accreditation qualifies our environmental management system, and ensures that every contract we begin work on, and process we undertake, remains in-line with the guidelines set by this certificate.
To aid this, an article in the February-March European Cleaning Journal discussed the subtle changes every organisation could make, to become more environmentally-friendly, and increase the sustainability of their work. The article included ways to save energy every day, and reducing the waste that was produced, by making minor modifications.
We thought it would be of benefit therefore, to list some of the article’s suggestions, and some additional ones, that will help you to make your resources last longer. They will also limit the impact your work will have on the environment, as a result.
Making your staff aware in of energy-saving tips in the offices, will have a very positive reaction. Discreet signage on doors, or by light switches, will remind them to turn off the lights and computers as they leave a room. Similar could be done near to computers, so that they are correctly shut down at the end of the day.
The daily commute during rush hour can be both frustrating for members of staff stuck in long queues of traffic, and damaging to the ozone layer. People have become more aware in recent years, of the adverse effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. By incentivising staff to share car journeys to work, something which will also save them money, the overall CO2 emissions of our organisation will lower. Alternatively, providing personnel with the encouragement to use public transport, or to walk or cycle to work, would be an excellent way of lowering your emissions.
In the workplace
Lowering CO2 emissions is can also be done on company vehicles. The original selection of low-emission vehicles may help, although this may be impractical and unachievable. Ensuring that no more vehicles than necessary are taken to site is one simple, effective way to lower the emissions of your fleet. You could also specify direct routes to regular clients, so that the journeys (and the fuel used on these journeys) is minimised. There are vehicle tracking systems available on the market, to monitor the journeys made, so you can see clearly how to make cuts to these routes.
By simply changing a couple of settings on your printer, you will be able to make your company’s valuable resources go a lot further. Setting all printers to black and white will help to save unnecessary, coloured ink on the office print-outs, which can be costly for the organisation. Changing the paper settings so that it prints on both sides, could also help to retain your resources; especially if it’s complemented with recyclable paper.
The waste actually produced in the office can also be correctly managed, as a way to effectively benefit the environment. Placing recycle bins at regular, accessible intervals around the office, as a suitable and usable alternative to waste bins, will help recycling to become a habit, and in time second nature.
In particular reference to cleaning companies, using non-toxic cleaning products can aid the environment, and will be better for your staff who use them everyday. Harsh chemicals can emit unpleasant, unhealthy fumes which can be damaging and toxic. There are a range of products on the market, which are harmless to use whilst still remaining effective, so there is no reason not to use them.
It is also becoming increasingly common, on the bottom of corporation’s emails, to put a small note, asking the recipient not to print out the email, unless absolutely necessary. By setting all employee’s emails with a similar message, your clients will know you are committed to reducing waste, which will make them think twice before printing out.
In addition to this, reducing any marketing materials and literature that your company uses will help to reduce your waste. Direct clients to your website, rather than producing costly and wasteful glossy brochures for them to read about your services, and explain the reasons behind this decision. Use email marketing instead of letters wherever possible, to stop the unnecessary use of paper.
If you would like to know more about the ways in which our work is as environmentally-friendly and sustainable as we can make it, you are more than welcome to get in touch.
You can visit our website for our full list of services, at www.newlifecleaning.com. Alternatively, you can telephone and speak to a representative directly, on 0800 018 9099.
Any additional information was taken from http://www.nrichmedia.com/article-green_office-16102007.htm.