Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Switch on to the Benefit; Green Ways Could Give Financial Health a Lift TEES VALLEY Renew Recycle

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Switch on to the Benefit; Green Ways Could Give Financial Health a Lift TEES VALLEY Renew Recycle

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Byline: GUY BASHFORD

Going green is not just a way for Teesside companies to fulfil their environmental obligations - it can also save them a lot of money, says GUY BASHFORD, Envirowise regional manager for the North-east

THE thought of becoming "sustainable" often sends a shiver through businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprise.

But in reality, any organisation can take straightforward steps to start on the road towards sustainability - and the further they go down the road, the greater potential for cost savings.

Clearly, there are compelling reasons why companies should take action to improve their environmental credentials, but if you are an average office, where do you start? Ensuring your organisation wants to improve its environmental performance is a natural place.

Senior management buy-in is essential, but elsewhere you may find that some of your staff fall into the eco-sceptic camp, others into the eco-innovator group - and many somewhere in between.

You could therefore consider appointing an environmental champion who works to get staff on board, shares news of initiatives and the positive action being taken, and encourages ideas and feedback from the whole workforce, new joiners included.

Next, it is a matter of focusing on the areas of the business where even the simplest of environmental initiatives can be made in order to cut back on unnecessary overheads.

Print documents only when necessary and, if you can, print on both sides of the paper.

Re-use paper that has only been printed on one side. It can be used for note pads or can be donated to local schools and nurseries.

Make paper-recycling bins widely available and label them clearly.

Choose minimally packaged products or ask your suppliers to supply products in less packaging.

Fill a litre plastic milk carton with water, put it in the toilet cistern, and notice the difference in your water bills.

Fit push taps. …

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