Sustainability in the Office Environment and at Home
Norwalk, CT — Sustainability is certainly an important topic these days and for good reason. We go about our everyday lives and at the end of each day, if you stop to look at all the things you may have used only once, and tossed away, it can be shocking.
According to the EPA, the average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.*
A lot of what you cannot reduce or reuse can be recycled – in fact, the EPA estimates that 75% of everything we throw away can be recycled!**
On average, Americans drink one beverage from an aluminum can every day. But we recycle just over 49% of the cans we use. Since the cans are 100% recyclable, we could drastically reduce the energy needed to produce brand new cans simply by recycling our empties.***
TFI Envision embarked on a mission in our office years ago to pay more attention to the things we were using in our office, how we could conserve and what we could recycle.
A few of the things we have done or are doing at TFI Envision:
• We were among the first design firms in Connecticut to have the chemicals we used to use for developing films in our studio, into a recycle and safe disposal program.
• We traded our water cooler and cups in for a water pitcher in the refrigerator and personal water bottles.
• We encouraged the use of dual sided paper printing whenever possible, or not to print at all.
• We recycle all our paper after it is shredded.
• We keep the lights off in the areas of our office that are not being used at that moment.
• We shut down equipment at night and weekends.
• Lowered the temperature on our water heater.
We know there is more to be done and we would love to hear from you on what you are doing to engage in sustainability within your office and your home.
Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org on recycling, sustainability and how you reuse things that may have otherwise been thrown in the trash.
* U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Municipal Solid Waste.”