Are you looking for ways to go green and reduce your business’ carbon footprint and negative environmental impact?
If yes, you’re in the right place.
Global organizations such as the United Nations have been calling on countries to develop key policies and set up structures and systems that will create a sustainable future for everyone.
Through their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the UN hopes to address global challenges in an efficient and practical manner. LokaBee is an initiative that supports these noble goals and hence promotes green, smart living in homes and businesses.
We do this by providing alternative eco-friendly household and business items. Here is our list of the top eco-friendly items you can purchase for your business today.
1. Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs are the least efficient light bulbs around. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, 90% of the actual energy they produce is mere heat, and only 10% is actually light. Save energy by opting for light bulb models such as the compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or the light emitting diodes (LEDs). Make sure they bear the trusted “ENERGY STAR” slogan. These bulbs not only use 25-80% less energy, but they also last 3-25 times longer than traditional light bulbs.
2. Re-Usable Toner And Ink Cartridges
Did you know that each year in the United States, an estimated 375 million toner and ink cartridges are disposed of in the trash? That’s quite a staggering amount if you think about it! What many also ignore is the fact that these cartridges do not decompose quickly. In fact it can take up to 1,000 years for a single toner cartridge to decompose! We haven’t even mentioned the ink that might still be in these discarded cartridges that will seep into groundwater wreaking havoc on our drinking water.
3. Environmentally-Friendly Office Stationery
Office stationery seems like such a mundane thing to even mention on this list. However, once you see the following statistics, you’ll understand the importance of playing your part.
Globally at least 27 million business cards are printed each day. Annually that’s a staggering 10 billion business cards! That’s a lot of paper. What’s sadder is that 88% of these business cards will be thrown away by the recipients within a week. Add to this the fact that the average employee in an office prints 10,000 pages per year. Multiply this with the number of employees in your business to see just how big your own impact is on the number of trees felled to provide you with paper to meet your business needs.
4. Recycled Toilet Tissue
We won’t give statistics here because we’re sure you know just how much toilet paper you use in your own company! Toilet paper is one of those small items that can be easily replaced in your business’ washrooms. Look for toilet paper made out of 100% recycled bamboo, paper fibers and even sugar cane. Switching to this toilet paper helps reduce the number of trees cut down, carbon emissions, and water used in toilet paper fabrication.
5. Biodegradable Waste Bags
How many waste bags are used in your offices and business premises each year? We’re sure hundreds. Replace the plastic waste bags used across your business with biodegradable or disposable waste bags. Let’s aim to significantly decrease the amount of plastic waste per business annually.
Where To Purchase These Eco-Friendly Products?
LokaBee is an online retailer that specializes in sourcing green products and products that have been made in a sustainable manner. We promote these businesses by selling their products on our site. We’re the Amazon of environmentally-friendly products. Going green in your business can also be great for overall employee health.
What items have you replaced in your business to help save the environment? Let us know in the comments!