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Reducing, Reusing and Recycling in the Workplace

January 17th, 2012 No comments

We often talk about (brag about!) being earth-friendly, going green and recycling in our home. But most of us spend a good portion of our lives in another environment, one that generates its own share of waste: the workplace. Whether you work for a large company or a small business, you likely have an office in which you spend five or more days a week. That office requires heating and cooling; it uses paper, appliances, and other materials; and it creates waste just as prolifically as does the home – if not more so.

If you are a business manager or simply an outspoken person in your office, you can take concerted steps toward reducing, reusing and recycling in the workplace. Here’s how:

REDUCE

Technology has made it increasingly easy to reduce in the workplace. By using cloud computing, electronic billing, and email communication a business can go paperless and save troves of trash (and money) the process. You can also reduce on your electricity consumption by installing intelligent thermostats and energy-efficient lighting. The possibilities are truly endless and the potential for savings are considerable. As a successful energy-reducer can tell you, you don’t need solar power to save on utilities in the workplace.

REUSE

Changing workplace trends dictate that companies are always creating waste. Every technological and management change likely yields discarded furniture, printers, and various other office items. All of these materials can be donated to agencies that will help reuse them in some capacity. An office truly committed to being environmentally-friendly is not one that will leave generations of printers sitting in a landfill.

RECYCLE

Most people find it far easier to recycle in the home than in the workplace. The reason? At home, many of us have a dedicated bin for trash and another one dedicated for recycling. Every time we empty the trash or take the bins to the curb we are reminded to sort the recyclables out from the items that are not. We often don’t get this kind of reminder in the office, where trash receptacles are abundant but recycling bins are a far rarer find. There’s an easy solution to this, however: next to every trash can add a well-marked recycling bin. Certainly make sure there is one in the kitchen or wherever employees tend to eat their lunch.

Hopefully these tips can help your business better reduce, reuse and recycle. Doing so not only helps the environment, but can also translate favorably towards the company’s bottom line. As far as the workplace is concerned, there’s really no reason not to go green.

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A Green Shave

September 1st, 2011 No comments

Special guest post by John Koontz.

In the quest to reduce our impact on landfills and environment, many men (and women) are forgoing the morning shave. However, some of us can’t rock the beard like Sean Connery and get away with it. So what’s a guy to do? Good news. There is a way to be environmentally conscious and still look dapper – traditional wet shaving. Let me illustrate by using the proverbial “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

REDUCE – Wet shaving products reduce your use of disposable materials and you will find yourself purchasing these items less frequently because they were designed to last. Unlike a cartridge razor you find in the drugstore, a quality double edge razor (like the Edwin Jagger DE89L or Merkur 34C) will last for decades, with only a simple metal blade to change. A straight razor, like one from Hart Steel (made in the USA, by the way) can be used for centuries. Take care of your shaving brush (Simpson Colonel) and it will last longer than most cars. Unlike shaving goop in a can, a hard soap will last at least 6 months of daily use. You can easily see the reliance on extraneous materials, like the plastic in a disposable razor handle, or metal can for shaving foam, will be drastically reduced.

REUSE – If these tools last so long, you may have guessed used items are easy to find. And you’d be correct. Razors are commonly found at online auctions, flea markets and antique stores. However, if you’re scared of the nasties from the previous unknown user, we understand. Buy a new razor and know that your kids can reuse it when you’re gone. Refills for soap bowls are available so the wood bowls can be used for years. The plastic containers for shaving cream are nice quality and can be used to store and organize small items, like screws in the garage.

RECYCLE – While the items that could be discarded are few, the ones that are can be recycled. From the daily shave itself, only the double edge blade is discarded about once a week. Being metal, it is easily recycled. Most packaging of wet shaving products is simple, often consisting of only a simple cardboard box or tissue paper. Again, easily recycled.

You’ll also find that wet shaving products have a focus on being healthier, cutting out many nasty chemicals and using more eco and face friendly ingredients (like products from The Gentlemen’s Refinery or Edwin Jagger). You probably already figured out that wet shaving products are far more economical. (Shhhhh! The cartridge razor companies don’t want you to know this.) And if all this wasn’t enough, most people that try wet shaving find it simply works better. Less razor burn, fewer ingrown hairs, smoother shave. You may even start to enjoy that morning chore.

Grandpa had it right a hundred years ago!

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

September 3rd, 2010 No comments

Recycling is important, but it’s only one aspect of the trilogy: REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.Just because something is recyclable doesn’t mean it is the best choice. Recycling is the last “R” in the cycle of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The best choice is to reduce your impact by buying products with minimal or no packaging. Next, reuse (and choose reusable products like rechargeable batteries and cloth shopping bags) whenever possible. Reusing an item only once cuts its environmental impact in half, and choosing and reusing durable goods many times can have an enormous positive environmental impact. Finally, recycle. ecycler.com makes that part easy with free pick-up at your home, institution or business by one of our local ecycler collectors.

REDUCE

  • REDUCE consumption. Think about what you buy — do you really need it or can you find it used?
  • Consignment shops have flourished in recent years. Garage sales are everywhere.
  • Buy things that are durable whenever possible. If you buy cheaply made furniture made of particle board, you are buying space in a landfill in the not too distant future. Buy used if possible and look for solid, sturdy pieces.

REUSE

  • REUSE whenever possible. This is easy. Simply rethink everything you see in stores. Especially grocery stores – anything that is a single use product should be avoided.
  • You can re-fill your shampoo bottle at your local hairdresser or health food store. The plastic bottle can be refilled for years and years and save dozens and dozens of containers from being manufactured.
  • And by the way… how much fuel is used to transport the average plastic shampoo bottle? We bring it home. We, or a curbside recycling firm, take it to a recycling center. Then it travels to a place to be shredded (using energy) and might even then be sold as raw stock and be shipped again to a bottle manufacturer (using energy to form new bottles). Next, it goes to the brand plant to get filled with shampoo again, then ships to stores.
  • By RETHINKING we can stop being a part of all that carbon waste. Make a list of things you can refill or reuse. Start rethinking what other containers can be RE-used.

RECYCLE

  • RECYCLE what’s left. The more effort we spend doing the first two stages of this triad, the less we need to recycle. However, it’s important to recycle what we can. With fewer items in the landfill our Earth will be a happier one.
  • Let’s think about why we are recycling. If you buy bottled water for your staff or clients (or your home) and that plastic goes into a recycling bin at the end of a single use, you should rethink if “recycling” is doing anyone any good at all. If you can’t come up with an alternative in your situation to bottled water or Styrofoam cups, please email us.
  • ecycler is a new way to recycle. Our goal is to make it even easier by pairing discarders and collectors through our web site. The ecycler discarders are those who give away recyclables and the ecycler collectors are those who pick them up from a business, an institution or a residence and then sell them to their local materials buyer.

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