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Environmental Management and Awareness
- Set up a green committee to involve your colleagues in implementing environmental initiatives together.
- Develop specific action plans and targets with a clear time frame, e.g. reducing energy consumption by 10% in the next year.
- Monitor your consumption rates to help your shop to identify and track whether your environmental guidelines put in place have been effective.
Purchasing and Operations
- Opt for products with an accredited environmental or green label. (e.g. Green Label, Energy Star Label, FSC or PEFC label). These labels represent that the product has a reduced environmental impact compared to other similar products in the market.
- Use cloth towels in the pantry instead of paper towels.
- Buy in bulk rather than individually packaged items to reduce packaging waste (e.g. coffee powder and sugar).
Indoor Air Quality
- Refrain from using glues, sealants and paints that emit volatile chemicals, in the shop.
- Plants help to remove toxins and purify the air in the shop, thus improving your indoor air quality. In addition, they make your shop more attractive as well.
- Opt for untreated, natural carpeting and flooring.
- Switch off all lights and electronic equipment when not in use, including after operating hours and during non-operating days. Lights and machines give off heat, so turning them off also helps to reduce your shop's cooling requirements. This reduces energy usage by up to 25%.
- Use energy saving light systems, ballasts (exceed 41kHz) and luminaires (e.g. T5 lighting) from reputable manufacturers or products that emit less radiation (e.g. LCD screens).
- Close external doors and windows to prevent cool air from escaping.
- Reuse whenever possible.
- Place recycling facilities in high visibility areas and encourage staff to recycle.
- Check with your recycling contractor on what type of plastics are accepted. There are many different polymers and only well-labelled plastic containers can be recycled.
- Put up posters and stickers to remind staff about water saving habits in the pantry and toilets.
- Install water efficient fittings in toilets and pantry faucets.