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Reduce Waste 2017-04-12T11:37:55-06:00

Reduce Waste


  • Print documents two-sided or duplex (more than one page per side); consider whether you need to print at all
  • Buy office materials, like paper, made from recycled content
  • Increase usage of digital documents; complete shared editing online, maintain electronic files as much as possible
  • Shred old documents and use as packing materials for shipping
  • Replace disposable coffee cups and stir sticks with reusable cups and teaspoons, or encourage employees to bring their own mug which they are responsible for washing
  • Don’t use coffee makers with single use pods; make full pots, or purchase a maker with reusable pods
  • Reduce travel time and costs with online meetings using video conferencing services
  • When the company upgrades office furniture or equipment, list the old items on kijiji or other buy and sell websites, or donate to charity
  • Create an exchange area for used binders, binder clips and other office materials so other employees can reuse these items
  • Have an office exchange day, where workers can bring items from home to exchange with each other
  • Setup a committee to perform an audit of the types of waste created in your organization; empower them to create and implement ideas appropriate to your business or line of work that help move your company toward becoming a zero-waste organization
  • Remember, every little bit counts


  • Print documents two-sided or duplex (more than one page per side); consider whether you need to print at all
  • Buy recycled paper
  • Sign up for online billing and statements for all of your accounts
  • Keep more digital records instead of paper-based
  • Buy in bulk whenever possible
  • Use washable hand towels instead of paper towels
  • Use lunch containers that can be washed and reused
  • Make more of your meals from scratch, skipping the packaging and improving the quality; include a label with a date, store in reusable containers and/or freeze as necessary
  • Shop second-hand stores; donate old clothing so someone else can get use out of it
  • If the clothing is worn-out, turn it into cleaning rags
  • Create a compost pile
  • Donate leftover materials from home upgrades and renovations to Habitat for Humanity
  • Bring your own reusable bags whenever shopping
  • Buy less, consume less, enjoy more
  • Remember, every little bit counts