Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday Season
Filled with office parties and cocktail hours, the holidays are usually a time of excess—as well as excessive waste. For those resolved to end 2019 on a greener note, we’ve gathered our top eco-friendly holiday tips for organizing a more sustainable, eco-conscious celebration at work.
Naughty or Nice:
From plastic decorations, glitter, garlands, to tableware, the holidays are full of disposable single-use items, which are often not recyclable. Instead, go for more imaginative alternatives that are better for the environment. For example, upgrade to reusable accents such as LED Christmas lights, or add some refreshing greenery with seasonal plants like poinsettias. Also consider using real plates and silverware at your events. If this isn’t feasible, the market also offers many biodegradable, recyclable, or compostable alternatives.
Follow up your eco-friendly celebrations with a green-conscious clean up. Opt for non-toxic cleaning solutions to remove any grime left over from the party. You do not need harsh chemicals to tackle tricky spots. Eco-sensitive ingredients like hydrogen peroxide prove effective for many kinds of surfaces, from carpets to counters. Look for Green Seal, EcoLogo, Safer Choice, or GREENGUARD certifications to ensure you are using green-verified products.
With many employees taking time off for vacation, it may be a good time to invest in some deep cleaning, to include carpet cleaning and special floor work. How about special detailing and scrubbing of restrooms, from ceiling to floors? These services improve air quality and overall cleanliness, while sending a positive message to the office staff.
Feasting on delicious food with your team members is one of the great joys of the holidays. But these festive treats also provide a precious opportunity to give back. If you plan to order food and beverages for your event, avoid food waste by donating leftover dishes to a local shelter or food bank.
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