The mission of Earth Day is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance on—well, on Earth!
In honor of April 22nd, Acara is pleased to share details of our continued commitment to the environment. We understand that our business operations directly impact the sustainability of our ecological resources and, ultimately, the world our children will inherit. Each day we strive to refine the way we reduce, reuse, and recycle. The demand for sustainability is now affecting even the smallest of businesses and, thankfully, technology allows us to reduce our carbon footprint, minimize waste, and increase our efficiency.
Below are few of the ways in which we support this immeasurably important cause:
- Purchases from multiple divisions are consolidated, decreasing delivery trips and paper waste from boxes and other packaging materials.
- All orders are completed online, eliminating the need for catalogs.
- We are enrolled in an ink and toner recycling program.
- Preferred products are of a recycled material, responsibly sourced.
We have made many improvements to our corporate headquarters—including extensive updates to our heating, electrical, and water systems—which help to lower utilities and previously unavoidable waste. As a company that was once a heavy paper user, we now utilize Iron Mountain for the shredding and recycling of paper waste. We also decided to revamp our recruiting process and partnered with eStaff365 to reduce paper waste and storage needs by conducting onboarding electronically.
All restrooms now utilize coreless toilet paper. Motion-sensing paper towel dispensers reduce waste and provide more hygienic facilities. Ultimately, our paper consumables are made from 100% recycled fibers and 100% recyclable, EPA-compliant, and usage reducing.
Within our company kitchen/breakroom, we have provided clear and distinct recycling bins that separate waste from ALL recyclables to ensure employees use the correct disposal bins.
Coffee machines have been replaced with more efficient single cup brewers, reducing coffee waste and using coffee warmers. All coffee and tea packs are fully recyclable. Our hope is that this not only better serves the environment, but also improves employee experience.
We hope that everyone had an amazing Earth Day, and we encourage a shared commitment to our environment, whether in business practices or our communities. The health of our planet depends on each of us!