Reduce packaging. Buy your products in bulk; it reduces the large amounts of waste that come from excessive packaging. If you feel that the packaging goes a little overboard, talk to your vendors, let them know the additional costs of dealing with the waste.
Use reusable containers. Receiving and transporting your goods in disposable containers builds up unnecessary waste. Try more durable, reusable containers. It will cut down the administrative work of purchasing and reduce disposal costs.
Find a business that wants your waste. Let the SVSWA find another local business that can use your waste in their product.
Get your materials through exchange. Does anyone throw away what you need? The SVSWA Materials Brokering Program can help you find cheaper non-virgin sources of material that fits your needs.
Investigate leasing your equipment. You get to stay up to date with the latest technology, and your vendor gets to recoup their materials. It’s a win-win situation.
Refill your office supplies. Purchase refillable ink cartridges, tape dispensers, pens and pencils. It’s cheaper and more eco-friendly. Don’t let office supplies bring down your bottom line.
Install water filtration systems. Don’t waste time and money on water bottles. Provide plentiful and clean water from the tap.
Print on both sides of the paper. Paper has the great advantage of being reversible. Print double side copies, print on the reverse of used pages, or use old documents for scrap paper.
Donate durable goods to a good cause. Schools, non-profits, and charitable organizations can reuse your old furniture or appliances, and they can often find innovative ways to use other leftovers. Let your waste be a gift for someone in need.
Be Creative! Step outside the box. You know your business waste better than anyone. Think of new ways that you can integrate your waste into a more productive enterprise.