As our workspace’s adapt to Covid19 and more and more companies moving to work from home, Business Clean Up Day 2021 is more important than ever to reduce waste. Squeezing onto a corner of the coffee table does not make for an efficient workspace and throwing stuff is not responsible, yet with the right information it’s easy for your home-based business to clean up and reduce waste.
Our homes don’t come with elastic walls, when cluttered they don’t function, productivity lowers and it can impact our health, increasing stress levels and adding financial strain.
Before buying more stuff, take time to look around your office and rethink each item and ask yourself
- Do I need it?
- Can it be recycled?
- Is it good enough to donate?
Continue to scan your office for items such as e waste- computer, phones, copiers, soft plastics, food scraps, plastic bottles, ink cartridges, coffee pods, single use cups, pens, batteries and clothes (uniforms).
The good news, disposing of these items does not mean throwing them into landfill, in fact each one of these items can be responsibly disposed.
When it comes to recycling it is important not to bag your waste, simply place them in the bin loose.
Batteries Aldi’s and some Woolworth’s & Foodwork’s (small hand-held devises and hearing aids only)
CD’s States and councils vary, best to check your local council and ask how to recycle right
Coffee Pods Terracycle plus much more
E waste Check your local council and check out Drop Zone, Techcollect as alternative sites
Globally food waste or food loss is food that is not eaten, amounts to between one-third and one-half of all food produced. When placed in your landfill bin, food waste becomes a major contributor of a greenhouse gas called methane. If you are thinking, what can I do, check out Share Waste (app), inquire with your local community garden if they require scraps for the compost bins, space permitting try composting at work and ask your local council if they have a FOGO program.
Ink Cartridges Officeworks
Mobile Phones With over 23 000 000 mobile phones cluttering our cupboards in Australia it is important they are recycled, leaving them in the cupboard does not make environmental sense.
Mobile phones are made from numerous materials including precious metals and through recycling we reduce the need to mine and take less from the earth. Recycling also saves energy. When we make new products out of virgin materials, we expend energy to extract and process those materials. This includes burning fossil fuels. However, if we manufacture products using recycled materials, we reduce the need for virgin materials and save the energy required to extract and process them. Mobile Muster
Plastic bottle Place loose in the recycle bin and invest reusable bottles.
Soft plastics Drop into REDCycle bins at Coles and Woolworths
Uniforms Search online for textile recycling near you
You will find links to all these and more at Eco Organiser Useful Links
Apart from physical waste, everyone that stores or back-ups data to the cloud has a digital footprint and comes with a carbon footprint, we just can’t see it.
In recent years Google, Facebook and others have taken measures to reduce the environmental impact their massive data storage facilities by building them in the Arctic Circle and deserts in the US.
By taking advantage of the cooler Arctic temperatures the facilities don’t require air conditioning. Building in the desert enables the facilities to operate on solar power. Power in cold climate
It’s a positive to see Google, Facebook and others taking an eco-friendly approach, although I question the amount of stuff we store in the cloud.
How often do we go back and look at what we store in the cloud?
How much to we pay for cloud-based storage yet rarely access?
It’s something to think about.
The 2nd March 2021 marks Business Clean Up, although any day is a good day to ethically decluttering and clean up, by participating you are doing your part to promote a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. It’s also a fantastic way to be seen as a community leader and engage with your staff, customers and local community.
There is no time to waste, according to the Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot Day has moved up the calendar by two months over the past 20 years to 29 July this in 2019, the earliest date ever.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources (water, food, territory) and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.
Everything we buy comes with a carbon footprint of some sort- trees for paper- oil for plastics- coal to run our factories. When we rethink our consumption, look for products made from recycled content and give up buying crap and work together we can make a world of difference.
Australian waste coach, motivational speaker, Tanya Lewis aka The Eco Organiser® and author of STUFF OFF! & Ethically Declutter Your Home in 30 Days educates people on the benefits of ethically decluttering and living well with less waste.
From the Australian bush to the Sydney Opera House and universities such as Melbourne, Queensland & Strathclyde (UK) Tanya has helped over 8000 people ethically declutter and reduce waste
Eco Organiser® communicates a simple message in simple language, by keeping it real and delivered in a non-judgemental you avoid the glazed over look, of “not another recycling message”
Tanya love’s being invited into communities, corporations, universities and businesses to share her passion and simple actions to reduce waste and move towards a sustainable lifestyle.
For further information or to book Tanya at your next event:
Phone +61 411 895 353