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What's new in Sustainability for 2015: Trends for Corporations

Posted by Emily Bellmore on 1/9/2015 to Public Education

With the New Year upon us, some corporations and businesses are making changes and putting together a plan of action to implement new and improved recycling and sustainability practices into their business goals. Companies are looking to reduce their environmental impact, and by doing so; they will be contributing to a greener, more sustainable business and world.

So what's new in sustainability trends for 2015? Some of these trends not only involve the businesses executing these practices; they are also involving the consumers and employees to take part in these sustainability performances as well.

The three trends we will explore are:

  • E-Waste
  • Recycled and Compostable Packaging
  • Zero Waste Initiatives

One of the biggest trends to look out for is E-Waste. E-waste is only a small portion of global waste, but it's an important one. E-waste is defined as discarded mobile phones, computers, office electronic equipment, televisions and even refrigerators. The chemicals found in e-waste are harmful to the environment and create a major impact. Many of these chemicals found in e-waste do not break down over time. Luckily, electronic waste recycling has become more efficient for consumers and businesses to properly dispose of these materials. In return, these facilities are refurbishing these products and recycling them in a more effective manner.

Another development that many companies are looking towards is recycled, compostable and sustainable packaging. These days everything we buy in stores or online come with some sort of packaging. Most of this packaging can't be recycled and eventually ends up in our landfills. More and more businesses are looking at sustainable packaging as an alternative. Companies who implement these eco-friendly measures are reducing their carbon footprint and allowing for more recycled materials to be used. Overall, this trend utilizes less materials an in turn, lowers your packaging costs.

Lastly, Zero-Waste is a movement that regards the highest sustainable practices into motion to help direct the public to use materials that can recycled and reused. The ultimate goal in Zero Waste initiatives is to eliminate the volume of waste and materials we produce and look towards an alternative to conserving our materials an implementing an alternative to the life cycle of a product. Incorporating a Zero Waste policy into your business can lead to saving money and reducing costs. It also supports sustainability and prevention practices that can improve your environmental impact. To vision a future without waste will take some time, however, efforts towards this system will truly contribute to greener and sustainable future.

What are your sustainability goals for 2015? Share your thoughts with us.