From cooking ingredients to shopping bags and office supplies to furnishings, materials are a big part of business. Being consciencious about the types of materials used and the amount of waste produced has a huge impact on both the evironment human health. Make the most of materials resources with the strategies below.
Eco-Minded Product Packaging
For retailers- send your customers home with their purchase in a bag made out of natural, recycled materials. We found a few local resources for eco packaging products:
Eco-minded disposable products
Disposable products are one of the unfortunate necessities of the foodservice industry. Look for recycled content products, reusable options and biodegradable products when sourcing your disposables.
Use Eco-minded Furnishings and Finishes
Source eco-minded or better-yet secondhand, furniture and finishings for your business. Look for non-toxic, recycled, abundant materials.
Use non-toxic paints, adhesives and sealants in your business. Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes.
Establish a green cleaning plan
The product we clean with often introduce their own set of hazards. Protect the health of your employees and customers with non-toxic cleaners.
Limit The Amount Of Packaging Used When You Send Your Goods and Products Home
Less is more. Stick to simple packaging. If something can go home without a bag, ask the customer if they like one, before providing.
Cut Down On Plastic Straws
It is estimated well over 60 million straws are thrown away per day. Join the 1:1 Movement Pledge to only provide plastic straws to customers that ask for them.
Limit The Packaging Your Business Throws Away
When ordering products for your business, source items that arrive in less packaging.
Set Up a Recycling Program At Your Business
The City of San Diego provides resources to help businesses successfully recycle.
For Food Establishments, Set Up a Composting Program For Food Waste
Checkout the City’s Commerical Food Waste Recycling Program.
Reuse of Existing and Historic Buildings in North Park
Keeps demolition debris from entering the waste stream and avoids the large energy expense of constructing the removed building, typically equal to several decades of enhanced energy conservation in many cases*. (*”The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse“, Preservation Green Lab)