With Spring fully in swing and more time being spent outdoors, you start to think about nature and the environment. With news organizations pumping out headlines about everything from Chinese coal usage to rising fuel prices, it’s very clear that many organizations, if not most of them, are concerned about environmental change, or more to the point, the financial impact of environmental change. So whether your concern is preventing the loss of bear habitats or preventing a bear market, here are some things to consider to give your next organizational decision a bit of a green hue.
Know the True Cost of Ownership
Many products’ true costs cannot be properly calculated until they are used up and disposed of. For example, a good portion of industrial solvents are a mixture of various chemicals mixed with a petroleum base and are classified as hazardous materials. They require specialized services to handle their disposal, adding to their total cost, and may also require specialized storage of the waste, which carries a cost as well. For a more common example, the fluorescent tubes suspended throughout virtually every office in the world, contain trace amounts of mercury and should be disposed of by specialists equipped to handle such.
By searching for alternative products that do not have such a harsh environmental impact and thus do not require special consideration or services at disposal , your organization can limit damage to the environment and their bottom line, even if there is a higher upfront cost.
Turn Stuff Off
We all remember the yellow, cheesy graphic’d “Be A Switch Hitter” stickers that were on every public school light switch in the ‘80s, but absent the poorly drawn baseball player, the message still rings true. While turning the lights off in your own office is a good start, it alone is not going to have an impact on your organization’s bottom line or the environment’s health. Employ that practice on a larger scale, however, and the results are easier to discern.
How much diesel fuel and fumes are wasted if your shipyard is idling trucks on down days? Is your production floor running machines that should be offline? Is the warehouse blasting the heaters with the garage bays open? Asking questions like these, shoring up inefficiencies, and turning things off can help the environment and your business’s bottom line, and might even save your maintenance budget as well.
If It Ain’t Broke…
Instead of junking the discolored and dated cubicles and filing cabinets in favor of shiny new ones, your organization may find savings (and environmental friendliness) in rehabbing the existing fixtures. There are service companies that exist now solely to clean and resurface old cubicles, and who can electrostatically plate old filing cabinets to look brand new.
Even in terms of your office electronics, it may not be necessary to always upgrade. Part of Source One’s telecom service offering is an equipment audit. Our in-house experts are able to analyze an organization’s existing equipment, see what is superfluous, what is outdated, and what can be reused in an existing system as they look for ways to improve an organization’s telecommunications infrastructure while cutting costs. Equipment kept in use and away from a landfill is going to boost both an organization’s bottom line and the environment.
These tips are only a starting point to boosting a company’s green image, a process that can be continued through thinking outside the box and in the recycling bin.