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HOW CAN ORGANIZATIONS PRACTICE SUSTAINABILITY?

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Volume 7 Issue 2

WHAT ARE ORGANIZATIONS DOING TO MEET SUSTAINABILITY STANDARD?


Sustainability is like finding a balance between what we need now and making sure future generations can have what they need too. It involves things like using renewable energy, reducing waste, recycling, and being mindful of our consumption - be responsible and live in harmony with nature.


HOW CAN ORGANIZATIONS PRACTICE SUSTAINABILITY?


Rethink packaging

The massive amount of plastic ending up in our oceans and landfills, became widely known. With that, individuals and organizations began advocating for change, promoting the idea of reducing our reliance on disposable plastic items. Nestlé, one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, has committed to making all its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. They are actively working to reduce plastic use in their products and packaging, as well as exploring alternative materials. Food and beverages companies hop onto the movement of saying NO to plastic such like how Nestlé does it. 


Aquas coating, a Lexngo disposable packaging solution, is a coating solution which meets the NO plastic standard that is able to retain liquid in disposable packaging.



Sustainable packaging 1:

Paper & Cardboard

Companies can look into alternative methods of packaging for their product; materials such as paper and cardboard! Did you know that according to the American Forest and Paper Association, in 2019, the recycling rate for paper and cardboard in the US was around 66.2%. That's pretty impressive, right? It just goes to show that when we use sustainable packaging like paper and cardboard, the recycling rate goes up. This also shows that paper and cardboard packaging has lower environmental impacts throughout their lifecycle compared to plastic packaging. 


Sustainable packaging 2: 

Glass

Did you know that glass is like a superhero of sustainability? It's so endlessly recyclable that if you recycle just one glass bottle, it can be turned into a new bottle over and over again, forever without losing any quality! That means that by choosing glass packaging instead of plastic, we can significantly reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills. Not only that, its manufacturing process typically involves less energy consumption and emits less greenhouse emissions. 


Sustainable packaging 3:

Go Paperless! 

Did you know that paper production not only contributes to deforestation, but it can also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other substantial energy to dispose of it properly? I still remember so vividly the days where my office desk was filled with endless stacks of paper and when ad hoc meetings arise or whatnot, my colleagues can see me rummaging through the papers and making frantic searches for that proposal. However, ever since the pandemic and the big talks about the concept of sustainability; we are welcoming the digital world and ditching that old-school paper approach! Forget about the paper-based newspapers, bills, receipts, books, and calendars; now let's grab our virtual pens and jump into the paperless revolution for a greener, clutter-free future!


E-Books and E-Magazines

Companies can make a sustainable choice by switching to e-books, e-magazines, and e-newspapers instead of relying on physical copies. By leveraging smartphone apps or websites like The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC News, or The Star, consumers can access digital content without the need for physical books or magazines. This is because by reducing the need for paper, which means we're saving trees and helping fight climate change. Trees are like the superheroes of our planet, so it's important to conserve them. Besides that, traditional books and magazines can use up a lot of water, chemicals, and create greenhouse gas emissions, but we can skip all that by going paperless. And here's the best part: digital content is so accessible and convenient. It's like having a personal library right at our fingertips, and it helps promote a love for reading and keeps us well-informed.


(Photo by Aliis Sinisalu)


Sustainable packaging 4: 

Paperless Payments

Going paperless in payments is a win-win for the environment and our wallets. By ditching paper receipts and invoices, we save trees, water, and energy used in paper production, which is great for the planet. Plus, digital transactions make life easier for everyone involved. No more dealing with cash or paper checks – it's all done digitally, saving time and reducing administrative hassles. And the cherry on top? Going paperless saves businesses and individuals money by cutting printing, postage, and storage costs. It's a smart move that benefits both our wallets and the environment! That is probably why paperless payments have been the in-trend thing now in Singapore! Mobile payments solutions like PayNow and digital wallets have been so much more accessible for day-to-day transactions at places such as retail stores, hawker centers, and even public transportation. 


Besides these common happenings in our daily life, have you thought of what industry is doing for ESG standard especially about eco-living? Let us explore what agri-culture industry, real estate developers and hospitality trade are doing to save the earth in the next sharing. 



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