Earth Day: 5 Ways You Can Help Sustain The Environment

Earth Day_sustain the environmentThe renowned corporate and community initiative Earth Day is just around the corner and regardless of what sustainable measures your workplace already engages in, there is always room to do more.

With a mission to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, Earth Day acts as a vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. At Staples, we actively engage in eco-conscious initiatives and are passionate about helping our customers to be more socially conscious of their environmental impact.

As major advocates of Earth Day and industry leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we encourage workplaces to participate in initiatives that help sustain the environment every single day. Here’s 5 simple ways to participate in Earth Day this year:

  1. Use energy saving products

One of the largest impacts on our environment is energy consumption – with workplaces consuming large amounts of resources to operate buildings including lighting, workstations, kitchen appliances and office equipment. As an eco-conscious workplace standard we encourage employees to conserve computer energy by switching to sleep mode when possible and shutting the device down at the end of each day.

  1. Provide eco-conscious products

Across your workplace, there are many products that can be swapped for eco-friendly, recyclable varieties. For instance, eco-conscious kitchen essentials such as tea and coffee products, paper towels and cups can be supplied as well as cleaning products and eco-stationery products.

  1. Participate in recycling programs

Most workplaces require printing services which is commonly produced by printers with ink toner cartridges. By engaging in a recycling program such as Cart Collect, your business can sustain the environment by having the cartridges recycled up to eight times. Once the cartridges are no longer recyclable, Staples’ 100% recycles them into our award-winning Sustainable Earth by Staples™ Calculator and Stapler products.

  1. Be your own transportation

Encourage your employees to travel to and from work by foot or non-motorised transportation such as a bicycle, rollerblades or scooter if they live within a feasible distance from your workplace location. Not only is this an eco-conscious Earth Day practice – it can also add to your employee’s daily exercise.

  1. Keep your workstation clean

In addition to maintaining cleanliness to avoid the spread of germs in the workplace, it’s important to monitor workstation appliances for dust and build-up that can occur in the filters which can results in running less efficiently. As a sustainable best practice we recommend employees maintain a clean workstation and any other facilities that are utilised through-out the workplace.

Show your organisations commitment to sustaining the environment this Earth Day and every working day with eco-conscious efforts across the workplace.

Vanessa Thorp

Vanessa Thorp

Corporate Responsibility Manager, Staples Australia and New Zealand at Staples Australia
Vanessa is the Corporate Responsibility Manager at Staples and has extensive experience working and partnering with not-for-profits and charities across a number of industries. In her current role, Vanessa works with customers, vendors and local stakeholders to develop programs and initiatives that support the communities and environment in which Staples operates. As a passionate advocate in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, Vanessa is also currently implementing our 2015-2017 Reconciliation Action Plan.
Vanessa Thorp
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Vanessa Thorp

Vanessa Thorp

Corporate Responsibility Manager, Staples Australia and New Zealand at Staples Australia
Vanessa is the Corporate Responsibility Manager at Staples and has extensive experience working and partnering with not-for-profits and charities across a number of industries. In her current role, Vanessa works with customers, vendors and local stakeholders to develop programs and initiatives that support the communities and environment in which Staples operates. As a passionate advocate in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, Vanessa is also currently implementing our 2015-2017 Reconciliation Action Plan.
Vanessa Thorp

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