Concerns about the environment have led to many changes in the way businesses operate. If you are looking to green up your warehouse operations, there are plenty of small steps that can have a big impact.
1. Embrace Automation
Technology can make work easier, more pleasant, and more environmentally friendly no matter what industry you are in. Sensors that can turn lighting and HVAC systems on and off can help increase efficiency in your facility.
2. Update Cleaning Supplies
Janitorial supplies can be a major cause of environmental concern. From cleaning and disinfecting products that are loaded with potentially harmful chemicals to janitorial cleaning rags, there is plenty of room for improvement in this department. Perform an audit of your products and investigate greener options that meet your cleaning needs.
3. Start a Recycling Program
There is a lot of bad press about recycling. Although some items that are intended for recycling may end up in the landfill, the ones that do get recycled have a positive effect on the environment. Try putting recycle bins near work and break areas to make it easy for staff to embrace the new policy.
4. Upgrade Lighting
Replacing fluorescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED ones can reduce your lighting-related energy use by up to 75 percent. Look for energy star qualified bulbs for the biggest impact and savings.
5. Increase Insulation
Warehouses can be drafty. Many have poor insulation. This results in too-hot temperatures in the summer and too-cold ones in the winter. Extreme fluctuations aren’t good for workers, products, or supplies. Yet, heating and cooling a drafty space can get expensive and release copious amounts of greenhouse gasses. Adding insulation is an economical fix to this problem.
Changes don’t have to be big to make a difference. Many steps that improve your warehouse’s environmental record also help save you money, making them a double win for your business.