Monthly Archives: August 2014

Automatic Faucets for Water Conservation

Automatic FaucetsSo much water is wasted when people don’t turn off the faucet out of laziness or negligence. Whether it’s leaving the water running while brushing one’s teeth, or forgetting to shut the tap after the bathtub has been filled, there’s no denying that a lot of people’s bad habits lead to avoidable water wastage. And don’t forget those folks who don’t turn off faucets properly! Using USGS’ drip calculator, a faucet releasing three drips a minute wastes a liter more than one liter a day, or approximately 104 gallons a year. A single drop of water may not seem much, but when the numbers add up, the results are significant.

The good thing about this problem is that you can do something about it starting within your own organization. Encouraging employees to develop new, good habits is the ideal solution, but old habits die hard, so you may have to put in a little help in the form of automatic faucets, sometimes called hands-free or touchless faucets.

But wouldn’t replacing current faucets cost more? Initially, it does; but it’s better to approach this as an investment, especially if your organization is looking for ways to be more sustainable. Equipped with motion sensors, automatic faucets only turn on and release water if a hand is detected. Once the sensors determine that a hand is no longer present, the valves close and stop the flow of water after a few seconds.

People tend to be unreliable, but the sensors in these automatic faucets are not. You can count on them to shut off a faucet when no longer in use, thereby reducing water wastage. As far as environment-friendly solutions go, automatic faucets are as sustainable as they can get.

The benefits of automatic faucets are not limited to water conservation. They are also helpful fixtures for people with mobility problems. If you want to make your premises more accessible to the disabled or elderly, installing automatic faucets is a good addition.

Hands-free faucets also reduce the risk of disease transmission. Imagine just how many microbes get passed from one person to another when different people touch the same swivel. But with automatic faucets, no touching is necessary, therefore cutting the chain of transmission before it gets the chance to spread. Less disease means less impact on your employees and lower sick-pay costs.

With these three-fold benefits of automatic faucets, there’s no reason not to make the switch!

Office Materials: The Difference between Recycled and Recyclable

recycled and recyclable

When shopping for the most environmentally friendly options, it is important not to confuse the terms recycled and recyclable.

Office materials are one area where companies can easily increase their efforts to become greener. However, when shopping for the most environmentally friendly options, it is important not to confuse the terms recycled and recyclable.

What Is the Difference Between Recycled and Recyclable?

Items that are recycled are made from materials that previously formed another object. Recyclable, on the other hand, means the item can be reused when the owner no longer has use for it. Paper, metal, and plastic may all fall under this latter category. Some other materials are not worth recycling either because their recycling rate is too low or because the technology to reuse such material does not exist.

The Problem with Recyclables

The most eco-friendly options for office materials are those that are both recycled and recyclable. However, there is often a problem with items labeled “recyclable,” namely, the likelihood that they will actually be recycled once they are no longer useful. For instance, an office chair may contain a high percentage of recyclable materials, but most likely office managers will encounter difficulties if they try to recycle the pieces.

In order to make the smallest environmental impact, businesses need to make smart choices when choosing office supplies. This means considering the recycled and recyclable materials contained in an object, researching how easily an item can be  recycled, and choosing supplies that are likely to have a long lifespan.