May 13, 2021
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, less workers travelling to and from the office has eased the burden on our planet, with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved water quality and in some cases, wildlife restoration, according to BDO.
But as offices around the world slowly start to reopen, this doesn’t mean we need to return to our former ways. In fact, many businesses are effectively taking the opportunity to hit reset and begin anew in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
Shred-it has always been committed to the protection of both your people and our planet. But there’s always more that can be done in this ongoing journey to a cleaner, greener future.
Below are just a few of the ways you can join us in charting a sustainable return to the workplace and boost recycling efforts with these top ways to go green at work, without ever sacrificing on security.
Low Carbon Commutes
Less cars on the road during the pandemic has meant lower carbon emissions. So, when your office eventually reopens, consider if you need to return to old ways and old habits. Can you walk, cycle, or take public transport – trusting it’s safe to do so?
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
In our recent infographic, we dispelled some common myths and misconceptions surrounding sustainability and recycling. For good reason: false information like this can have a negative impact upon people’s willingness to protect our planet. But if you’re ever in doubt, just remember that as much as 95% less energy is needed to make products using recycled materials.
Recycle Some More
If the above statistic wasn’t enough to boost your recycling efforts, consider that for every two consoles of securely shredded paper that is recycled, one tree is saved! Shred-it’s secure recycling process helps to save thousands of trees every year, as well as reducing carbon emissions and water and other natural resource usage.
Embrace a Shred-it All Policy
Research shows that 24% of all data breaches are caused by employee negligence or error. By making the decision to shred all documents that are no longer needed, employees don’t have to decide what is or isn’t confidential – at the same time as increasing the volume of documents that are securely recycled.
Don’t Forget Old Hard Drives & Media
Securely recycling paper is of the utmost importance. But don’t forget those old hard drives! If you’re decluttering your tech, however, don’t just chuck them in the recycling. Data thieves will easily be able to retrieve and use your information for their own ill-gotten gains. Our hard drive destruction services are the only way to ensure they’re securely destroyed and recycled.
Protect Your Business & Our Planet with Shred-it
Today, it’s more important than ever to protect the confidential information of your customers, at the same time as doing your bit for our planet. Fortunately, Shred-it ensures that you never have to choose between the two with our ongoing commitment to protecting what matters. Get in touch today for a no-obligation quote, to see how our services can support your data compliance and the reducing of your company’s carbon footprint.