5 Easy Tips for a Greener Office

Offices can often become one of the most wasteful places when it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling. There are small things you can change at your office today to make it an eco-friendly place to work.

Here are five easy tips for a greener office:

1. Start using printer paper more efficiently. If possible, buy recycled paper for your printer and photocopy machine. When possible, ask staff to print on both sides of the page or use e-mail to share documents. Not only will this make your office greener, but it will save your business a ton of money on paper supplies.

2. Ask employees to bring their own Tupperware and cutlery from home to avoid using disposable dishes.  Not everyone will want to bring these from home, so have a set of cutlery and dishes available for staff to use at lunch. Set up a compost bin so that food scraps don’t end up in the garbage.

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A carpet made of beverage containers? Does not sound very comfortable…

Many people recycle but few know what actually happens with their recycling after they have dropped it off or the recycling truck has taken it away. There are actually a lot of cool items that are made from your recycling – you may even be wearing it, sitting on it or even driving on it!

Plastic for instance, is a valuable commodity and to ensure the success and growth of plastics recycling, people must choose plastics that can be recycled. The plastics industry has voluntarily devised a coding system, which makes recycling plastics easier for people. The most commonly recycled plastics are those coded #1 and #2. For example, milk jugs and soda bottles can be recycled and re manufactured into a variety of new products.

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Things You Should Never Buy New

Buying “new” is a default for many of us. We’ve been conditioned to go to the store, walk down the correct aisle, and purchase what we’ve come for. Yet, a trip to your local thrift store may prove to be just as effective. Keep a running list of the household and clothing items you need and make short frequent visits to the thrift store nearest you and discover how easily you find what you need. Plus, there’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt! When treasures appear, you can hardly believe your good fortune. As well, your wallet and our good planet will thank you for it. So, before you reach for what is shiny and new, we’ve made a fantastic list of household and clothing items you can expect to find at any thrift store. The list is aptly called, “Things You Should Never Buy New”.

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New Year's Resolutions for the Environment

 

The New Year brings out our best intentions, but sometimes these intentions/resolutions don’t make it beyond the first couple days of January. But not all resolutions have to be difficult to maintain and, after awhile, they become just a way of life. Take the health of the environment for example; just a few small tasks and changes throughout the year can make a big difference.

For instance, just encouraging and promoting recycling makes a difference. When shopping, look for eco-friendly companies that make products made from recycled materials. As well many natural detergents today are made to clean clothes just as effectively in cooler water temperatures. Choose detergents and other laundry products that are plant-based, concentrated and biodegradable.

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What Do Recycling Symbols on Plastics Mean?

The confusion over what we can and cannot recycle continues to confound consumers. Plastics are especially troublesome, as different types of plastic require different processing to be reformulated and re-used as raw material.

The plastic recycle codes, also referred to as recycle symbols standards, were developed by The Society of the Plastics Industry as a uniform way to identify the type of plastic used in the manufacturing of products and packing. The plastic recycle codes system consists of a number enclosed within the universal recycling symbol, which is a triangle formed by three arrows. The number inside the recycling symbol indicates the type of plastic polymer the item is made from. Because it is so important to recycle plastic, you’ll find this symbol and number on almost everything made out of plastic.

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Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Every year people across the world celebrate Christmas with lots of “stuff”. The aftermath of all that celebrating is extra trash that goes into our landfills. Holiday decorating and gifts are an area where you can go “green” by producing less waste. So, before running out to buy expensive ornaments and gifts, consider making your own out of biodegradable or recycled materials. See what clever Christmas items you can make with materials you have laying around your house. Continue reading Dreaming of a Green Christmas

How to Get the Whole Family Involved in Recycling

It wasn’t long ago that recycling seemed like a choice. You were either someone who made the effort to do it or you weren’t  But with our natural resources becoming increasingly scarce, and our planet overwhelmed with toxic waste, recycling is no longer a choice but something each one of us must commit to for the long haul.

If we want our kids to be environmentally-conscious adults, then we have to teach them the significance of recycling while they’re young. Fortunately, getting them involved in recycling can be fun and easy. Continue reading How to Get the Whole Family Involved in Recycling

Recycle Your Leaves - Fall is Coming

Do any of these scenarios sound like something you’d do:

1) Withdraw money from an ATM machine and quickly deposit it into a nearby trash can.
2) Drive your car to the nearest underpass or bridge and leave it running with the keys inside.
3) Take a ferry out to the middle of the Strait of Georgia where you immediately toss your watch
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Five Easy Steps for Small Businesses To Get Into the Game of Composting

Composting involves breaking down organic waste, (anything that was once alive), much more quickly than the earth would do naturally. Composting is a great way to cut down on waste that would otherwise end up in landfills and can serve as a great natural fertilizer to help any garden flourish. It’s free and self-serve. Plus for small businesses, composting can be great for public relations. Small businesses can compost in just 5 easy steps. Continue reading Five Easy Steps for Small Businesses To Get Into the Game of Composting

Building Your Own Compost Pile

Essentially, composting involves breaking down organic waste, (anything that was once alive), much more quickly than the earth would do naturally. Composting is a great way to cut down on waste that would otherwise end up in landfills and can serve as a great natural fertilizer to help any garden flourish. Anyone can compost in just 5 easy steps. Continue reading Building Your Own Compost Pile