Why You Should Become a Zero Waste Company

By Taylor Atkinson, Owner of Atwil Design

In the United States, “we generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.” – Carnegie Mellon University.

I love this quote because it demonstrates our collective understanding of what trash is. There are many small steps that we can take in order to curb our carbon emissions. Composting waste is one way, but taking responsibility for our waste as a business is another.

As business owners, we are leaders within society. Individuals turn to us for guidance and expertise. We should be passionate about our business and our carbon footprint, as the waste we leave behind directly effects those individuals who come to us and our society as a whole. We should also take this opportunity to educate our clients about our best practices and how we are taking steps to reduces waste not only for ourselves, but the greater whole.

Good for the Planet, and Good for Business

Zero Waste is exactly how it sounds: going about life producing virtually no trash. This movement is about shifting our lifestyles in order to reduce our physical waste and in turn, reduce the amount of greenhouse gases.

Here’s a Little Inspiration to Get You Going

At Atwil Design, we go to work every day with the environment in mind. Our inventory is curated from a variety of local businesses, refurbished furniture, as well as repurposed canvas that we make into original art.

Supporting local businesses is not only making our local economy strong, but also reducing our carbon footprint via close proximity. Most local businesses are also smaller companies, so you can easily talk with a representative and encourage them to also take steps to provide more eco-friendly options. Refurbished furniture and repurposed items are a HUGE way to reduce waste. You are getting a second life and saving them from ending up in a landfill.

Not only do we lower our environmental impact by considering our inventory, but we have also made our day-to-day tasks in the warehouse better for the environment. We have implemented, and continue to refine, many simple processes that reduce waste such as:

  • Tagging items with reusable felt squares to indicate what goes out for a stage (instead of using disposable tags).

  • Staying organized and efficient using an online inventory system. This way, you know what you have on hand and reduce the amount of times you panic-buy because you cannot find an item. Being organized not only keeps down waste, but dollars.

  • Sorting our waste to divert much of it away from the landfill (repurposing it, recycling it, composting it, etc.)

Easy swaps like these are a great way to get started in becoming a more eco-friendly company.

Become a Part of Our Zero Waste Community

We share bi-weekly tips to reduce waste on our Instagram page. To grow awareness around this community please follow along, comment, and contribute ways you find to reduce waste! As they say in the Zero Waste community, “We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”


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