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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Put it to Sleep

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Change your computer to “sleep” mode if you’ll be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes. In addition to turning off your computers, laptops and displays at the end of the working day, encourage your employees to put them to sleep when they’re going to a meeting or to lunch. One company rewarded staff for putting their computers into sleep mode at lunch time by leaving chocolates on their keyboards.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Use power switches

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Photo Credit: Energy Saver

Photo Credit: Energy Saver

Plug all the non-fridge appliances, such as the microwave, coffee maker/grinder, toaster, etc. into a power strip (surge protector) so that you can switch their power off at the end of the day.  Appliances plugged in, even if not in use, suck some energy.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Healthy Living

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Photo Credit: Slim Health

Photo Credit: Slim Healthy

  • Choose foods that are local, organic and sustainable for meetings, lunches and catered events.
  • Get rid of toxic cleaners and personal products in your office kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Add plants to your workspace — they filter the air.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Lunch Smartly

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  • Bringing lunch to work in reusable containers is likely the greenest (and healthiest) way to eat at work.
  • Getting delivery and takeout almost inevitably ends with a miniature mountain of packaging waste. But if you do order delivery, join coworkers in placing a large order (more efficient than many separate ones).
  • Bring in a reusable plate, utensils, and napkins.
  • If you do go out for lunch, try biking or walking instead of driving.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Digitize

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  • The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital and dematerialized whenever possible. The more you do online, the less you need paper.
  • Keep files on computers instead of in file cabinets (this also makes it easier to make offsite backup copies or take them with you when you move to a new office).
  • Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out.
  • Send emails instead of paper letters.
  • New software like Greenprint helps eliminate blank pages from documents before printing and can also convert to PDF for paperless document sharing.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Commuting

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Photo Credit: GossamerThreads

  • Walk or cycle to work.
  • Take public transportation and buy bulk passes to save money.
  • If you must drive, carpool or car share.
  • Choose hybrid rentals and taxis.

Even at the 5Cs a member of the Communications Unit has decided to take a bicycle ride. So why don’t you do the same?

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Use Green Materials

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Photo Credit: European Commission

Photo Credit: European Commission

  • Some paper use can’t be avoided, so use recycled paper and envelopes that have been processed and colored using eco-friendly methods.
  • Pens and pencils can also be made of recycled materials, and refillable pens and markers are preferable to disposable ones.
  • Use biodegradable soaps and recycled paper or cloth towels in the bathroom and kitchen, and provide biodegradable cleaners for the custodial staff.
  • Buy in bulk so that shipping and packaging waste are reduced, and reuse the shipping boxes.
  • Recycling printer cartridges is often free, and recycled replacements are cheaper than new ones.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Aluminum Recycling

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Recycling one ton of aluminum saves:

  • 14,000 kWh of energy
  • 39.6 barrels (1,663 gallons) of oil
  • 237.6 million Btu's of energy
  • 10 cubic yards of landfill space 

Aluminum Recycling Tips

  • Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed.
  • Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Plastic Recycling

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In some CARICOM countries plastic bottles are reused to sell fresh juices, coconut oil and coconut water. How do you use your recycled bottles at home?  In Belize, Fashion Designer Joris Hendrik  uses garbage bags and plastic to show that there are creative ways to recycle. The outfits he made from plastic were all created to raise environmental awareness. To follow Joris on Instagram click here.

JH dress made from plastic.

JH dress made from plastic.

 

Recycling one ton of plastic saves:

  • 5,774 kWh energy
  • 16.3 barrels (685 gallons) of oil
  • 98 million Btu's of energy
  • 30 cubic yards of landfill space

Plastic Recycling Tips

  • Prepare plastic containers for recycling by ensuring first that they are either: 
    
    #1 (PETE): soda-pop bottles, cooking-oil bottles and peanut-butter jars
    
    #2 (HDPF): milk, water and juice bottles, bleach and detergent bottles, margarine tubs and some grocery sacks
    
    #3 (PVC): window cleaner bottles, cooking-oil containers and detergent powder containers
    
    #4 (LDPE): food packaging, shrink-wrap, carryout bags and heavy-duty bags
    
    #5 (PP): butter and margarine tubs, yogurt containers, screw-on caps and drinking straws
    
    #6 (PS): often incorrectly referred to as Foam cups or packing materials, a Dow Chemical brand trademark, the category includes cutlery and plates, foam coffee cups, egg cartons, meat trays and yogurt containers
    
    #7 (Other): squeezable syrup and condiment bottles and some microwave food trays
    
    These identification codes are often on the bottom of the plastic container encircled by three chasing arrows.
  • Remove plastic tops from the plastic containers being recycled and rinse containers with water.
  • Crushing containers will help save space while storing them.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Glass Recycling

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When you break glass in your Caribbean home, what do you do with it? If you throw it in the trash where does it go? Find out if your island or country has a recycling program for glass.

Recycling one ton of glass saves:

  • 42 kWh of energy
  • 0.12 barrels (5 gallons) of oil
  • 714,286 Btu's of energy
  • 2 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 7.5 pounds of air pollutants from being released

Glass Recycling Tips

  • Prepare glass containers for recycling by rinsing out with water.
  • Labels on glass containers do not have to be removed because they are removed during the crushing process and/or burned off during the melting process.
  • Avoid breaking the glass and mixing broken colours together as this may make the glass unacceptable for recycling.

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