Getting Green With Sustainable Business
As part of our commitment to social responsibility, sterkly has started a green initiative to promote and lead a sustainable business. We pride ourselves in being conscientious citizens, caring of our society and surroundings. As such, we have committed to working together to promote a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle for ourselves and our families by creating a wellness program and implementing a few simple green systems within the company. This program focuses on the individual- feeding both the body and mind in healthier ways; the community – learning and giving back; and the planet – conserving it through active participation. We know that we still have a long way to go to become a fully sustainable business but we are proud of this effort and that progress we’ve made and invite you to implement some of these ideas in your own company.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
We have recycle bins labeled for paper, plastic, aluminum and glass throughout the office to reduce the amount of waste. In addition, we have also reduced paper products, plastic bottles and cans altogether by using glassware. In fact, each employee has personal coffee and water cups to avoid having to use plastic or styrofoam cups every time they grab a cup of coffee. Instead, they can each wash their cups (carefully to not to waste too much water) and reuse them as many times as they want. We also use silverware to reduce the use of disposable utensils.
Each day before leaving the office we are to turn off our office lights and lamps and any other items that do not need to be plugged in in effort to conserve energy. This is one of the most practical and intuitive ways to work toward a sustainable business since we turn off our lights at home when we leave. Integrating this habit and others that we practice at home are relatively easy and can positively contribute to a sustainable business. As a precaution we also have motion sensor lights that shut off after a while of inactivity in the room. This helps significantly in conserving energy.
There are times when using disposable plates and utensils are necessary. In those cases, we try to still be conscientious of the items we use. We have recently switched from plastic utensils to eco-friendly products made from plants or made from recycled materials. We’ve opted for compostable plates instead of styrofoam. Additionally, there’s been a process put in place where we use cloth towels/napkins instead of paper when we dry and clean our dishes.
Other materials we are conscious about are dish soap, hand soap, and cleaning liquids. We use earth-friendly, biodegradable, and naturally derived supplies to support our objective in this way too.
Check out sterkly’s social responsibility page for more information on our other socially conscious projects.