Studies have found that in order to prevent irreversible damage to our planet, we need to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. Everybody can pitch-in and achieve this goal by doing simple things such as recycling, using less plastic, driving less, eating less meat and more. This blog discusses ideas on how to be more eco-friendly in the workplace.

Larger companies can take more drastic measures in order to reduce their emissions. For example, Waitrose are reducing their use of plastic packaging and car companies such as Ford are creating more fuel-efficient vehicles.

So, with large companies and individuals becoming more eco-conscious, this blog discusses a few different things that you can do to become more eco-friendly in your workplace.

Building Sustainable Housing

By 2030, Theresa May has pledged that the energy usage of new-builds, both commercial and residential, will be halved. This involves integrating smart technologies such as solar panels, low energy lighting, heating sensors and more. This will ultimately work to reduce energy and costs.

Any construction industry would do well to start including these technologies into their work, as consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious than ever. If you're offering integrated technology within your builds, your business will be sure to acquire more custom, and it’s good for the environment too!

Eco-Friendly Materials

Are your work materials coming from locally sourced companies? You can hugely reduce your carbon footprint by doing this, as there would be no need for shipping and storage. Additionally, helping out small business’ is always a great thing to do. You might even be able to cut your costs in doing so!

Are you able to recycle your waste? If you are serious about helping the environment, you should ensure that any waste that you produce is recycled. This might simply involve taking a little extra time to plan your project, to ensure that you don’t produce more waste than necessary. It could even involve separating your waste between recyclables and non-recyclables. Every little helps!

Eco-Friendly Machines

Is your machinery producing too many emissions? Is there anything you can do to reduce this? For example, turn your machines off when they are not in use! If you are thinking about buying new machinery, you should consider investing in machines with hybrid or all-electric motors.

Edible Degradable Bail Wrap

For all of the farmers out there, three PhD students have recently developed an edible bale wrap. This works to reduce waste on farms, and to protect your cattle! This just shows that there are always things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Doing your research can often really pay off! You can see more information about degradable bail wrap here:

https://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/livestock-feed-nutrition/edible-bale-wrap-developed-reduce-livestock-farm-waste

Whether you're looking to make huge changes, or small steps to improve your carbon footprint, even the smallest change can have a huge impact on the environment!