World Environment Day is organised by the United Nations with the purpose of increasing awareness about the importance of caring for our environment and subsequently inspiring action to bring about change. The first World Environment Day was held in 1974, and since then this yearly event has gone from strength-to-strength.
Each year has a different focus, the theme for 2018 was to beat plastic pollution in our oceans. Every year 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans, meaning plastic pollution is a real problem. This may be the main environmental issue highlighted by this year’s event, but overall World Environment Day is focused on encouraging people to do something positive to take care of our planet.
There is a lot you can do as a company to help care for the Earth. It is important for businesses to take corporate social responsibility seriously and have policies in place to ensure that you are doing everything you can to limit your company’s negative impact on the environment.
This year Citron Hygiene are aiming to raise awareness on World Environment Day about what your business can do to become more eco-friendly and take better care of the Earth.
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Save Energy, Save Money & Save Our Planet
There are a number of actions businesses can take to become more environmentally friendly. Taking steps to save energy and water will help the environment and also save businesses money.
A company’s washroom will be used frequently by staff and visitors to your premises. On average, people will use a washroom at least 3 times during the working day. The larger the company, the greater the number of times people are using washrooms. Taking steps to reduce water and energy usage in washrooms can save money and help reduce a company’s impact on the environment.
There are a number of different ways in which energy and water is used in a washroom. Flushing a toilet uses between 6-12 litres of water, then further water is needed to wash your hands. Drying hands will then require electricity for hand dryers or a supply of paper towels. It is easy to see how energy and water is used on a daily basis in washrooms, so what can your company do to save on energy and water usage?
Intelligent water solutions can save businesses up to 90% on water bills. Installing a sustainable water management system will help to control the flush systems in your washrooms and save a significant amount of water. Prevent water wastage and save money by installing intelligent water management systems.
Installing energy efficient hand dryers is a worthwhile investment to reduce energy usage. Modern hand dryers, such as the Pebble operate from just 550W and dry hands in only 10 seconds. If your company washroom is currently fitted with old, inefficient and ineffective hand dryers, then your business could be wasting a lot of money on unnecessary energy usage. Upgrading your washrooms hand dryers can be a great way to save money and provide a pleasant washroom experience. Nobody should walk out of a washroom with damp hands!
Environmentally Friendly Floorcare
The largest proportion of any cleaning budget is spent on floorcare. If you want to save your company money, then making sure effective floorcare solutions are in place is a great place to start. The good news is that you can also choose floorcare solutions that are beneficial for the environment.
Citron Hygiene has taken a number of steps to reduce the environmental impact of our products. All our end of life mats are 100% recycled. So far, this has helped to divert 12 tonnes of mats away from landfill and reduce damage to the environment as a result of old floor mats.
In addition, our standard floor mats range is produced using discarded fishing nets that have been recovered from our oceans. 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are abandoned in our oceans every year, contributing to 10% of all marine litter. Our mats are made from 100% regenerated ECONYL® nylon 6 yarn, meaning using Citron’s standard floor mat range in your office building will help to reduce the environmental impact of your company’s floor mats, as well as providing a highly effective floorcare solution that will reduce floor maintenance costs.
Take Corporate Social Responsibility Seriously
There are a number of ways you can reduce the environmental impact of your business. Think about where your business may waste energy and money. The likelihood is that there are actions you can take to reduce energy usage and save your business money. Support World Environment Day by taking action to make your company more eco-friendly.
If you would like more information on how to make water and energy savings in your business, then please contact our team who will be happy to help you.