Americans generate a lot of waste, which can be detrimental to the environment. In fact, studies have shown that Americans generate over 200 million tons of waste every year. Of this, about two-thirds of it goes into landfills. These landfills release greenhouse gases that get into the atmosphere and cause a lot of issues. Workplaces are responsible for a lot of this waste, so it’s important to identify where it comes from so we can all take some steps to reduce it.
Too Much Paper Use
Paper is certainly a valuable resource for any workplace, but excessive paper use can cause some issues. On average, an American office worker will use up to 10,000 sheets of paper every year. When you think about the number of office workers in the entire country, that really adds up! To cut down on paper use, consider using email for correspondence instead. Doing this will provide you with an environmentally-friendly solution that could help streamline your business.
Making Too Many Purchases
Sometimes it’s difficult for offices to keep up with their purchases, so they end up buying more supplies than they need. This often results in employees using the supplies up without putting much thought into sustainability. Essentially, this means that resources are being wasted unnecessarily. Keeping closer track of office supply purchases can help cut down on this problem.
Not Investing In Quality Supplies
When offices buy supplies, cost usually plays a big role in the decision-making process. While this may seem like an economically sound decision, it can have negative effects on the environment. Cheaper products are usually less effective, meaning that you’ll have to use more of them to get the job done. This creates more waste in our landfills and could even be costing you more money in the long run, given the fact that you’ll probably have to purchase more supplies over time. Choose quality over quantity when buying office supplies.
Many workplaces don’t have recycling bins their employees can use, which results in them throwing recyclables in the trash instead. This is an unfortunate reality that not only creates more waste but prevents it from being used again in the future and clutters your community, Make sure your workplace has recycling bins and that your employees know which materials are recyclable.
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