• Turn the lights off when you leave the room (timers are very effective)
  • Purchase recyclable printer cartridges (Hewlett Packard has a great program)
  • Print on bleach free, recycled paper, with the highest post-consumer waste content available
  • Bring individual “mug” to work for beverages. This includes all other disposable items for lunch such as stir sticks, chopsticks, spoons, forks, etc.
  • Print company correspondence double sided each and every time. Set this by default on all printers
  • Request all invoices, newspapers, business alerts, bank statements and relating correspondence arrive confidentially, via electronic means, versus hard copy
  • When staying at a hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast, let the management team know that you will only support businesses that adopt environmentally responsible practices and that this will be a function of your company’s environmental purchasing and procurement policy
  • Set motion detector lights for minimally used rooms in the office/ warehouse
  • Pack a waste-free lunch whenever possible.
         - REUSABLE carrier (cloth bag, lunchbox); NO throw-away bags
         - REUSABLE containers; NO plastic wrap, foil or styrofoam
         - THERMOS for drinks; NO single-use cartons or cans
         - CLOTH NAPKIN to wash and re-use; NO paper napkins
         - SILVERWARE to wash and re-use; NO plastic forks and spoons
  • Track each and every utility and corresponding consumption of the utility individually
  • Create an Environmental Purchasing and Procurement Policy which addresses environmental footprint and impact to all affiliated companies, upstream and downstream, and that the companies commit to being carbon and GHG neutral by a defined date if they wish to continue doing business
  • Choose companies which take packaging back for recycling or reuse (until we figure out how to reduce packaging dramatically)
  • Generate electronic fax cover sheets. This allows the fax to be sent directly from a computer, without requiring a printed hard copy
  • Proofread documents on the computer screen before printing

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