Time to Get Green and Gregarious with Your Coworkers
With summer right around the corner, businesses of all sizes will be holding their annual company picnics. Here are a few suggestions to ensure your business’s event is both enjoyable and environmentally-friendly.
1) Hold the Picnic Outdoors
As the weather warms up, this is a no-brainer. By hosting the company picnic outdoors, employees can enjoy an outing away from the office, and your office can save on energy costs. Depending on your location, you might need to rent tents or a pavilion at a park to provide relief from the sun.
2) Stay Local
By keeping hosting a local event, employees won’t have to drive long distances to get to the picnic spot, and this saves gas, time, and emissions. If possible, encourage employees to carpool or offer incentives to them for riding their bike.
3) Use Reusable Tableware
Whenever possible, be sure to use washable tableware, napkins, and linens. You can either rent them from your caterer or purchase them for your business to use at future events. This will help cut back unnecessary waste from your picnic and, if you buy the tableware, the expense will pay for itself by not having to rent in the future. If this isn’t possible for your business, purchase eco-friendly biodegradable plasticware made from potato or corn starch.
4) Fire Up a Natural Gas Grill
If you plan to barbecue at your company picnic, try using a natural gas grill instead of a charcoal grill. Charcoal grills release harmful chemicals such as coal dust and sodium nitrate. Lighter fluid can also change the flavor of your food. Natural gas grills are a healthier alternative that produce less emissions and keep your food tasting great.
Make sure recycling options are clearly marked next to all garbage cans. Consider having separate containers for aluminum, plastic, and paper goods.
For more energy-saving tips that can help you create an eco-friendly company, check out our “Stay Sustainable, Save Green” infographic.