The Value of Sustainability and Eco-Conscious Policies in the Workplace

The Value of Sustainability and Eco-Conscious Policies in the Workplace | ecogreenlove

Today the list of companies that say they are going green and becoming more sustainable is a mile long. Businesses are clamoring to make claims regarding all of their efforts to make products designed for a cleaner planet and a more conscious public. However, we find time and time again that much of this hype is just lip service and the actual changes and investments are small or nonexistent.

Though many companies say they are going green, few are legitimately implementing the steps to make real changes. A lot of them recognize that consumers are invested in a more sustainable change and are taking advantage of the green movement without seriously making strides to reduce waste and emissions. The companies that actually are working towards significant, lasting positive impacts are much less common.

Many of the companies that fall into this smaller category aren’t just making changes that make them more sustainable. They have most likely also made meaningful changes to their company policies. These changes are strong and clearly communicated policies and practices that the company plans to implement in the name of going green and becoming more sustainable.

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Effective Ways to Cut Plastic Bags from Our Shopping

Effective Ways to Cut Plastic Bags from Our Shopping | ecogreenlove

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that humans produce 300 million tons of plastic globally every year. Half of the plastic consumed is for single-use. In 2016, the United States alone had produced 42 million tons of plastic waste—the most generated by any other country.

Unfortunately, humans only dispose of a tiny fraction of plastics the correct way. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 8.7% of plastics were recycled, or 3.3 million tons, in the United States in 2018.

Plastic bags can take approximately 1,000 years to break down, in which the particles seep into and contaminate the earth’s soils and waterways. This requires extensive purification of our drinking water to keep humans from consuming plastics. Even still, scientists believe we ingest about 5 grams of plastic every day, about the weight of a credit card.

There are several valid reasons why plastic bags should be banned, including the harm it causes to humans, wildlife and ecosystems. Yet, you may be wondering how to use them less and what alternatives are available. Here are five effective ways to cut plastic bags from your shopping. 

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