Organizations such as yours have clout to create environmental, social and economic transformation. Here are some ideas to help get you started.
Computers & peripherals consume a surprising amount of power. Consider using laptops as desktop computers. Laptops are far more energy efficient and can consume up to 80% less energy than equivalent desktops. Inkjet printers use 75-90% less energy than laser printers.
SOY & VEGETABLE-BASED INKS
Veggie & soy-based toners offer an environmentally friendly alternative to its petroleum-based predecessor. Both inks increase the recyclability of paper, allowing for paper to be broken down into clean paper pulp more easily. To top it off, the print quality is comparable to that of laser toner.
Download and use Ecofont, a sans-serif font which uses 24% less ink & toner than other fonts. The font is comparable to Arial and Helvetica, and has been resulting in an annual environmental savings of 24,000kg of toxic ink & toner and 18,720kg of solid waste.
FORM GREEN WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Have peace of mind – minimize your carbon footprint and positively impact on a local level by choosing to work with other eco-friendly businesses & professionals. Examples for incorporating green specifications into bids include specifying that products contain no hazardous chemicals, that they do contain post-consumer recycled content, that all plastic components are not painted or varnished.
Swear off styrofoam for good and opt for using recyclable materials and cardboard. Cardboard doesn’t contain any toxic components and is easily recyclable. If your company ships products to customers, save your incoming packaging materials to reuse for outgoing shipments, thereby reducing the amount of materials used.
EPA SMARTWAY TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIP
If your company ships products or is a truck company that delivers products, your company can benefit from this partnership. This is an innovative collaboration between EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. Visit EPA Smartway for more information.