Sustainable Living

How to become more sustainable at home and in the workplace

Becoming more sustainable is a hot topic for 2022, for rather important reasons. One of the reasons is the UK’s target of achieving Net Zero by 2050, which you can read about here. It may seem like a while away, but it’s going to take all of our efforts to achieve this goal by becoming more sustainable at home and work. But what does it mean to become more ‘sustainable’?

In this post we are going to cover the following:

Sustainable Meaning:

sustainable/səˈsteɪnəb(ə)l/adjectiveadjective: sustainable

1. able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.” sustainable economic growth”

– conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.” our fundamental commitment to sustainable development

2. able to be upheld or defended.” sustainable definitions of good educational practice”

Oxford Dictionary

Sustainability doesn’t only refer to preserving our environment, but to review the way we work in our every day lives. Reviewing processes and adjusting to be more efficient in the long run, is providing sustainability to work for example. But for now, let’s go into more detail of what it means to become more sustainable.

It means to make change for the long term – but each little thing you change can make an impact, every little helps as Tesco says. Whether this is in your home life, or work life. It’s important to look at every area and think, “What can we do to become more sustainable?” Why is it so important you may ask? Well every decision we make will affect new generations, your children, your grandchildren and so on. There are 3 pillars of Sustainability*:

3 pillars of Sustainable Living
EnvironmentEconomySociety
Ecological integrity is maintained, all of earth’s environmental
systems are kept in balance while natural resources within
them are consumed by humans at a rate where they are able
to replenish themselves.
Human communities across the globe are able to maintain
their independence and have access to the resources that they
require, financial and other, to meet their needs. Economic
systems are intact and activities are available to everyone,
such as secure sources of livelihood.
Universal human rights and basic necessities are attainable
by all people, who have access to enough resources in order
to keep their families and communities healthy and secure.
Healthy communities have just leaders who ensure personal,
labour and cultural rights are respected and all people are
protected from discrimination.
*What is Sustainability PDF

Here are a few resources where you can look further on the definition of sustainability:

Now that we have the meaning uncovered, let’s look at how we can become more sustainable at home…

Sustainability at Home, how do we achieve this?

There are many ways to become more sustainable at home and it starts with an action plan. The home is always the best place to tackle first, so let’s get into some actions to take:

Reduce Waste

It may seem difficult at first, but there are many ways you can reduce your waste and maybe even become waste free! You can reduce your waste by:

  • Meal planning and eating leftovers
  • Replacing single use plastics and other materials with reusable items
  • Recycle as much as you can (we will go into more detail next)
  • Turn food waste into compost – great for your gardens!
  • Buy second hand, or only buy when it’s absolutely necessary
  • Avoid fast fashion business as they are known for their excessive amounts of waste!

See this great blog on 30 easy ways to reduce your waste

Energy Usage

Watching your energy usage not only helps you become more sustainable, but can save you money which right now is necessary! Here are some energy efficiency tips:

  • Draught-proof your homes: this has been proven to be a cost effective way to save energy usage!
  • Switch out your light bulbs to energy savers
  • Watch your energy usage by having a smart meter
  • Wash your clothes less frequently and at a lower temperature
  • Invest in double glazing
  • Use efficient appliances – look for the labels with show A+++ green on them!
  • Turn down your heating when possible or use a smart thermostat

Take a look at these energy saving tips by Moneysupermarket.

Recycle

Of course this is a no brainer! Every household in the UK has a set of items that get’s recycled:

  • Cardboard and paper
  • Plastics
  • Metal
  • Glass

It’s important to mention that not everything is included in this recycling regime such as certain plastics like frozen food bags for example. However, these can still be recycled at your local supermarket. Of course, it goes back to the reducing waste, the less waste you have the less you need to recycle.

An important mention: this year is #InternationalYearofGlass which is celebrating the essential role glass has in society. Take a look here of some interesting facts about what glass really provides us that we may not have realised… So recycle that glass!

Transport

Think about your methods of transport:

  • Walk short journeys where possible
  • Use public transport such as trains, trams or buses
  • Switch to a bicycle – there are businesses out there who provide cycle to work schemes which provide funds towards your bike and more: read here
  • Think about switching your car to electric: although we know this isn’t the easiest or cost effective straight away, in the long run it’s great for the environment and saves heaps of money on fuel!
  • Practise eco driving: Research by the RAC Foundation has found that eco-driving leads to safer, cleaner and more affordable journeys: Regular vehicle maintenance improves fuel efficiency by as much as 10%. At less than 40mph, it’s more fuel-efficient to open a window than use air conditioning. Read more on this here.

These are just a few ways to become more sustainable at home, so consider setting up an action plan! There are many actions you can take such as buying food from local supermarkets and thinking about who you choose to buy consumer goods from. Are these businesses sustainable their selves? Every change matters when it comes to reducing climate change.

How to become sustainable in the Workplace

Apart from doing the above in the workplace, there are other ways to become more sustainable in which you may not have thought about, depending on your job role of course. There are people who work on creating more sustainable environments such as business development managers and more. But it takes more than just 1 staff member to create action plans to make sustainable change in the workplace, it needs team participation and some change management. So how can we become more sustainable in the workplace?

Reviewing your end-to-end processes

From quoting to invoicing, there are many ways in which you can become more sustainable in your processes, and it’s not just the admin areas. By reviewing your end-to-end you can see where you need to make change, such as reducing your paper trail or erasing it completely. Not only will reviewing processes help with sustainability, but it also improves efficiency, saves time and cost, and improves relationships with suppliers and customers. People and businesses are looking to work with companies that are carbon neutral or looking towards that, so it’s hugely important to focus on your sustainability plans internally and externally.

As well as reviewing admin processes, other areas such as manufacturing are key for achieving sustainability, as these areas are what use the most energy and create waste.

Innovating with Digitisation

After you have reviewed your end-to-end processes, it’s time to make change. But what does that entail to become more sustainable? Innovating of course! The word ‘Digital’ can be scary sometimes, but in 2022 after many world events, we’re more digital now than ever before. Can you imagine a world without technology? Sometimes you don’t even realise how much technology is around you and how much you rely on it.

Innovating with digitisation means to replace processes with technology, or a digital way of working. This could be as simple as moving your paper invoices to digital, becoming more efficient whilst you’re at it. Digital means anything which isn’t a manual process and you can even up it a notch by using automation. Innovating is fundamental to all businesses in this day, as if you’re not one of those leaders of innovation you could fall behind and lose staff and trade.

There are many ways to innovate with digitisation, but if you’re unsure on where to start? Contact us: enquiries@hana-tech.co.uk where we can provide you with expert advice and get you started on a digital development plan.

Glass Factory® is built to achieve efficiency and sustainability in industry

What solutions are out there to improve overall efficiency and sustainability in business? The Glass Factory® is a stand alone or integrated solution for providing the end-to-end transparency. Used in industries such as Manufacturing, Aerospace, Automotive and much more, the Glass Factory® has many unique and innovative features to drive sustainability such as:

  • Order Tracking Transparency
  • Sub Contractor Drilldown
  • Work in Progress (WIP) Tracking
  • Defects Tracking
  • CO2e Tracking
  • Real-Time Insights
  • And many more

Some of these features play an integral part of achieving your sustainability plans. For example, WIP and Defects tracking is perfect for providing important information which could result in improving KPI’s set, as well as reduce waste from defects. Another key feature is our Carbon Calculator, which captures real-time energy consumption to provide your business with necessary data to make change.

Our solution is customisable to each business – find out more on how you can book a demo here.

In conclusion, becoming sustainable is more achievable than you think, at home and in the workplace. Get in touch with us today to find out more about becoming sustainable and how to start your digital development plan:

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When Hana founded HanaTech her vision was clear: to support local businesses to improve their efficiency and competitiveness through increasing their use of technology. She is passionate about making technology simple, accessible and enabling, to offer a baseline from which to truly innovate, and supporting Traditional Factories to become Factories of the Future, one quick win at a time.

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