Implementing Environmental Sustainability Measures

The environment includes the air, water, land, trees, animals and things around us. Our planet is dynamic in nature, changing constantly with time and the interaction of man and matter. The threats of an impending climate crisis and the enormous environmental degradation we are currently experiencing has made it paramount for all businesses to go green and design strategies for environmental sustainability.

 

Here’s what you should know about implementing Environmental Sustainability Measures


1) How to monitor your carbon footprint
2) Sustainable waste management practices
3) How to conserve resources such as energy, water, paper and food

How to monitor your business’s carbon footprint

  • Carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 (and in this case other Greenhouse Gases/Global warming Gases) you produce- while running your business from production to packaging, transportation, sales and disposal
  • Take a quick audit of the facilities your use that produce greenhouse gases
  • Identify an online carbon footprint calculator to use
  • Set a quarterly reduction target for your business
  • Identify easy areas to reduce carbon footprints such as burning fossil fuel, waste generation, plastic packaging, paper usage- and cut down these
  • Use more organic raw materials
  • Reduce heavy packaging
  • Routinely take the carbon footprint audit to monitor and report improvements

Click here to take a quick carbon footprint audit

Sustainable waste management practices

  • 90% of solid wastes in Nigeria, properly collected or not are burnt on landfills or open dumps
  • 30-45% of municipal solid wastes are recyclable and reusable
  • Organic wastes such as animal remains and food waste are mostly compostable- used for fertilizers or biogas
  • Fruit wastes are viable for making household cleaning solutions
  • A sustainable waste management hierarchy supports reduce-reuse-recycle before disposal
  • Educate your team about the need, and viability of sustainable waste management practices
  • Set reduction and recycling targets
  • Engage a recycling collection company close to you
  • Buy eco-friendier products and packaging items

How to conserve resources such as energy, water, paper and food

  • Talk to your team about the need to conserve resources
  • Audit the resource requirement of your current operations
  • Use energy efficient bulbs
  • Unplug machines when not in use
  • Ensure lights are off when not in use
  • Ensure water is conserved – taps closed when not in use
  • Use refills and reusable cups
  • Use emails and e-documents to minimize printing
  • Only order for the food that you need or can consume
  • Reject packaging that you cannot reuse or recycle

Let us know how helpful this guide is to your business in the comment section.

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