Welcome to issue 9 of Clarity About Circularity, a blog series by MDG Group. So far, we have discussed our sustainability journey, our role with Circular Tayside, green energy, and the Triple A Plan detailing your Accountability, Awareness and Action as a business aiming to become more circular and environmentally friendly. If you have missed any of these please get in touch using the contact details below and we can send you a copy!
This week, we’ll be highlighting ways in which businesses can return to normal working life with the right sustainable approach.
As we edge closer to a return to normal working life many businesses will be creating plans for a return to the workplace. For some that may be organising staff within an office environment and for others it could be ensuring all the correct measures are in place to reopen their shops, cafes or restaurants safely. However, no matter what industry you operate within, we must all be returning with the same goal to achieve a greener future.
This issue of Clarity About Circularity offers a few ideas on how you can implement easy changes to have a positive impact of your businesses Net Zero journey. For many businesses the best place to start is paper (or in fact removing it). Going Paperless not only has green and financial benefits to a business but also can help to streamline processes and make operations more effective. As your staff return take this opportunity to engage with them about the positive changes you wish to make. Signage around your workplace can help highlight these changes and remind users to turn off electrical equipment and lights when not in use.
As Circular Tayside Ambassadors we would encourage all businesses to make a conscious effort to reuse or rehome materials instead of recycling as these are more sustainable alternatives. However, this is not possible in every situation and so businesses must ensure that where required the appropriate facilities are being used to recycle as much as possible to reduce waste to landfill. Additionally, where possible look to purchase recycled products to replace what would have otherwise been virgin materials, as these small steps can create large positive impacts on your carbon footprint. MDG Group have already begun this practice through such products as our recycled toilet paper which we purchase from who gives a crap.
As always MDG Group are eager to speak with businesses of all sizes looking to begin their journey to Net Zero and a more sustainable future. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you achieve this, please do get in touch.
Written by: Sam Grace & Christian Williams
Circular Tayside is delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce. Circular Tayside is an initiative that: Raises awareness of the circular economy, the role the local businesses have to play in it, and how they will benefit. Facilitates collaboration amongst the local business community to enable our circular economy to develop. Supports individual businesses as they begin to identify and implement new and innovative approaches to businesses that support a transition to a circular economy Brings together a group of Circular Tayside Ambassadors who will be leaders in their sectors and champions of the circular economy.
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