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‘Recycle for Plants’ workshop with SIG Combibloc

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WithPATA HQ achieving Silver-level Sustainability Certification for our sustainability practices for the second year in a row in 2017 , it is now more important than ever to find creative ways to decrease our footprint. That is why, on July 12, 2017, we invited Mr. Sinchai Thiensir, Director of the Thailand Institute of Packaging and Recycling Management for Sustainable Environment to talk about the green office concept. He joined Ms. Prangtip Chaisawat from SIG Combiloc, who conduced a workshop showing us how to recycle our UHT package waste, popularly used for food packaging. Together, we crafted pots and and planted flowers in them to give our office a boost of fresh air.

Ms. Chaisawat’s wonderful workshop has helped us to keep thinking differently about the items we use on a daily basis and make our practices more sustainable.

For more pictures, see our Facebook post from the event!

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Earth Day, Saturday, 22 April, is all about environmental protection.

 

We’ve all heard about the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), which help to reduce pollution caused by waste, conserve natural resources, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Many industries, including the tourism sector, are big contributors to environmental pollution; however, with proper waste management, a business can improve its business reputation, reduce waste costs and save energy. Reducing the amount of used paper in the offices can make a considerable positive impact.

 

Here are some ideas on how to reduce your paper waste in the office, even after Earth Day:

 

  1. Share files internally:

With Google Docs you can work simultaneously with colleagues on a document or spreadsheet. That means you do not need to share printed papers anymore. Other programmes that offering interactive document editing features include Microsoft Office 365 and Basecamp. For file storage and sharing, Dropbox or WeTransfer are popular options.

 

  1. Multitask:

Consider to invest in a dual or multi-monitor setup. According to the CIO Magazine and the Kyocera Environmental Survey 2011 employees print documents for cross-referencing them with another document. Giving employees more screens can also boost productivity at the same time. LCD monitors typically outlast computer upgrades, so this is one cost you’ll only need to pay once.

 

  1. Communicate with staff:

Explain to staff why it is important to minimise paper use and encourage them to join in the movement. Perhaps a competition that tracks the number of pages printed per person and shared with the team can be implemented and can incentivise staff to use less paper. Of course, this works best if staff are supported with paper saving facilities (online document stores, dual monitors, etc.).

 

  1. Make printing inconvenient:

An easy but effective way to save paper may be to reduce the number printers or paper available. Without fewer available printers in the office, employees are more likely to print less. This tactic can also help to save printer costs.

 

Sometimes, printing is absolutely necessary. Follow these rules for eco-friendly printing.

 

Successfully reducing the use of paper is a not done overnight. It takes effort and continuous education to move away from paper and establish a culture that shuns waste. Adopting the right tools can go a long way toward creating an environment to support a paperless office.

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Step up & Switch to Post-Consumer Waste Products

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Recycling does not always stand for used products that were actually recycled. With paper, for example, look out for real Post-Consumer Waste paper which indicates that this paper has been used by consumers already and was cleaned up to be reused again.

Sometimes companies claim their products to be recycled, but really they are only made up from left-overs that come from the production process. In the case of paper, the left-overs from the trimming process can be used again to produce more paper to sell to consumers, but it has not yet been used and would therefore fall under “Pre-Consumer Waste”.

Another positive byproduct from making PCW products is the decrease in resources needed for the process. PCW paper production consumes 45% less energy than the production of non-PCW paper, and also it creates about half the amount of waste compared to the traditional process.

Find out more about the difference between post- and pre-consumer waste.

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