In our last blog, we looked at how bringing nature into the workplace can improve productivity and creativity of employees. But what about how we treat the world, and how can businesses make improvements towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly workplace?
In the UK alone, businesses dispose of 27 million tonnes of commercial waste in landfill sites. It’s clear that, with landfill space running out, we need to act smart on going green and making more of an effort to develop sustainable and eco-friendly workplaces. But where to start?
It is the small steps that make a big impact and even looking at how your business recycles waste is a good beginning. Setting achievable monthly goals with your employees can help them feel included and motivated to make positive changes. Signing up to cycle to work schemes, encouraging reusable cups, installing smart meters and making sure windows aren’t open when the heating is on are all small ways that businesses can begin to make a difference.
At Koala we have implemented 3 core actions into our operations, and when we work with clients we can help them to do the same so they benefit from a more sustainable work ethic:
- Paper-free – You can carry out most daily operations without paper and really utilise the benefits of the digital area. Note-taking and minutes can be done on iPads or tablets, software like Zoom Rooms for video conferencing meetings allow for collaboration through interactive systems, reducing travel time and your carbon footprint in one hit. We are always thinking of new ways to take a paper-free option, and constantly update our knowledge of available resources to pass on to our clients.
- Going Green – We do our research and ask the right questions to find like-minded people to run campaigns or work in partnership with. Rather than sourcing products online we prefer to find a local alternative and we’re always looking for more eco-warriors to join us.
- Footprints – Everyday operations can transform into ‘steps’ in the right direction. At Koala we think about the small things too, like solar panels, energy-saving light bulbs and meat-free options. These changes may seem trivial, but they are strides in the right direction to making things better for our planet. We hope that our efforts may encourage others to think ‘Green’ too. Small things really do make a big difference.
Not only does incorporating eco-friendly and sustainable practices in your daily business operations help the planet, but reducing waste will also save money in collection and landfill fees, reduce your carbon footprint, and demonstrate to staff and customers that you are environmentally conscious.
What are you waiting for? Join us in promoting a positive and sustainable future.