Until now, it is more than obvious that our current manufacturing and business practices are having a negative impact on the planet. It’s probably not surprising that companies are responsible for a huge proportion of the garbage and pollution produced worldwide.
There is hope as more and more companies are starting to implement more environmentally friendly production practices and pursue the goal of zero waste.
What is a “zero waste” company?
The term zero waste is one that appears a lot in the news, but many people are confused about what exactly is covered and what is not. When it comes to being a zero waste company – or a home for that matter – the ultimate goal is to use recycling and other means to ensure that absolutely zero waste comes from your activities or goes to landfill.
What can your company do?
If you want your business to implement zero waste initiatives, there are many different things you can do, but remember that it will take time and a very concentrated effort to achieve this goal. Our landfills fill up quickly and cause countless damage as well, such as contaminated soil and groundwater, so while zero waste products in your business will certainly not be easy, steps are needed if we are to hope to protect our planet.
Find out how much garbage you are producing
The first step to achieving zero waste is looking at the amount of waste your business produces each year, and then determining what percentage of that waste goes to landfill. While this figure should of course include the amount of garbage that the company itself actually sends to landfills, it must also include garbage produced or thrown away by customers who also use their products or services.
The importance of recyclable packaging
So while developing a plan to recycle or incinerate as much rubbish as possible is one of the first and most important steps towards creating a zero waste business, it is by far not the only aspect. This means that each manufacturing company must also take into account the amount of waste generated by packaging its goods, and strive to eliminate it.
For many businesses, this can be as simple as using recyclable packaging and getting customers to use it instead of just throwing it away.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Of course, with most businesses, achieving the zero waste goal has to start at home. This means coming up with a reuse or recycling plan as much as possible while reducing the amount of waste generated. This could mean switching to only recyclable materials or working with other companies that may be able to reuse or otherwise deal with any non-recyclable waste they produce.