Welcome to the final step of our 8 step process that will help you reduce waste in your workplace. Last week we looked at being energy efficient in your workplace. If you haven't already read that article you can do so by clicking here.
In this final step, we'll be discussing a range of other concepts and tools, such as Design for the Environment (DfE), Eco Logo, and LEED Green Building that can help you on your journey to becoming a more environmentally friendly and reducing waste. Understanding these tools can help you to make wiser more waste efficient choices in your company. Panda Environmental is a waste management company with many services that can help you reach your waste management goals. To learn more about Panda Environmental click here now!
Design For The Environment (DfE) is a program that was created as a part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the early 1990's with the goal of helping to prevent pollution and the risks involved. They can help to provide you with information regarding safer electronics to use, safer flame retardant materials, and safer chemical compositions. Their three main goals as described here are:
1. Promoting green cleaning and recognizing safer consumer and industrial and institutional products through safer product labeling.
2. Defining the best practices in areas ranging from auto refinishing to nail salon safety.
3. Identifying safer chemicals, including life cycle considerations, through alternatives assessment.
Using some of their guidelines can help you to consider the environmental impact of some of the major components of business work such as manufacturing, disposal, and packaging processes. They claim their program can help you produce goods or services of a high quality at a low cost while meeting consumers demands for more environmentally safe products. Some of their benefits include helping you to meet environmental regulations, expand your market opportunities, reducing your environmental risks and helping you to save money in the long run. Learn more about Design For The Environment Here.
EcoLogo or the Environmental Choice Program was founded in 1988 by the Government of Canada but is now a worldwide recognized trademark. EcoLogo helps by ensuring that products that have met their environmental standards bear its logo which allows consumers to identify which products should be considered environmentally friendly. There are currently more than 7,000 EcoLogo certified products around the world which are produced by over 300 companies. Their standards include a wide range of rigorous and scientifically relevant criteria that helps to reflect the entire lifecycle from how it was manufactured, to how it's able to be disposed of. Using products that have the EcoLogo symbol ensures you company is making an environmentally conscious choice. To learn more about EcoLogo, you can visit their certification page here.
LEED Green Building, or The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™ is a certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings that would be considered high performance. They provide a rating system that has been used for green building in over 150 countries around the world, and have certified over 1800 LEED buildings in Canada and registered another 5000. So far their program has saved over 1,600,321 eMKh of energy, recycled over 2 million tonnes of construction waste, resulted in the reduction of 312,006 tonnes of CO2, and saved over 3.3 billion litres of water. If you're business works in the line of property management you may want to consider working with LEED to have your home certified. Click here to find out more.
We hope you've enjoyed reading about some of the other concepts and tools that can help you to reduce waste in the workplace. Be sure to check out all of the steps in our 8 step series on how to reduce waste. Panda Environmental has many services that can benefit you in making your waste management process more efficient. Click here now to learn about their services.
Panda Environmental provides professional waste removal and recycling solutions that are designed to be efficient and effective waste removal techniques that both add value to the client and help the environment. We offer many types of recycling and composting methods that are designed to keep waste out of landfills, and reduce the waste removal cost for our clients. Click here to view a full list of our services. Panda operates across Southern Ontario. Our exact service area depends on the type of waste removal.
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