Reducing our ecological footprint is now a critical.
If there are big projects at the national, or even global level, that have a big impact, we believe that the many small everyday things can also make the difference.
As individuals and as a company, we all have the ability to contribute positively to this mission and the more those who move in this direction, the greater the impact that these little things can have. We decided to share some simple initiatives that we developed at Contisystems, some of them following employees’s suggestion, and that, we hope, can be of inspiration for your journey to reduce the ecological footprint of your company.
1. Bet on ecologically sustainable materials – FSC Paper, Recycled Plastic and PLA.
In terms of business, we bet on being prepared to produce with ecologically sustainable materials and we intend to ensure a product life cycle that is as environmentally friendly as possible. However, we have experienced that, despite our FSC certification, the vast majority of print jobs are still done on regular paper. Likewise, even though we present in our card showcase, several options with recycled plastic or even biodegradable materials such as PLA, the vast majority of the cards continue to be made in standard PVC.
We know that, in these options, sometimes the cost increase can have some influence, but we also know that if we really want the world to change, it cannot be just relying on the actions of others. We believe that the effort must be joint in order for the effect to be strong.
For this reason, we ensure that, in the materials we sell and that are ecologically sustainable, our margins are lower. The objective is to share with our customers the cost of using materials that reduce our ecological footprint and thus contribute to a greater percentage of work being done with these materials.
2. We replace plastic bottles with glass
We distribute glass bottles throughout the meeting rooms, placing water purifiers throughout our facilities so that everyone can fill their bottles at the company using the tap water.
With this initiative, it is possible to avoid the use of more than 20 thousand plastic bottles per year.
3. Waste separation bins in each room
As is common in companies, we had a dustbin at each desk. It is in fact practical and convenient …, but do you know how many plastic bags are used unnecessarily? And the garbage that is not separated for convenience?…
With this initiative, we placed waste separation bins in each area of the company, thus optimizing the collection of waste by cleaning services, saving the number of plastic bags used and encouraging the separation of waste.
At Contisystems we were spending 5,000 more plastic bags a year than necessary!
4. Awareness campaign for energy efficiency
It is not always possible to install intelligent control and monitoring and action systems in companies that allow a more efficient consumption of resources, but we must not forget the potential of raising awareness to change behaviors.
At Contisystems we put in place a campaign to raise awareness of energy and water consumption by placing notes in strategic locations.
5. Effective waste treatment
As individuals, we have the ability to contribute to a more effective waste treatment through the separation of our household waste. As a company, we have a responsibility to ensure that systems exist that enable our end-of-life products to be treated correctly to reduce their impact on the environment.
At Contisystems, we are committed to ensuring an increasingly effective and comprehensive waste treatment, both at the office and manufacturing levels, and even at the end of life of the products we sell.
We cannot think of reducing our ecological footprint as something that can be achieved immediately and in great volume. We are taking steps, and progressing.
We have a challenge for you: regardless of large projects you may be involved in, try to gradually implement small actions, gradually change small behaviors, and in the end you will see that all these small actions also make a big difference.