4 Ways Your Business Can Become More Environmentally Responsible

45 years ago on April 22nd, the modern environmental movement was conceived. Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, wanted to ignite a passion for conservation in people after the 1969 oil spill in California, which killed thousands of sea-going animals and plants, permanently damaging the area’s aquatic ecosystem. Since then, the Earth Day and green living movements have continued to grow. But in order to maintain that passion for caring for the environment today, it’s important for business owners – not just individual citizens – to take part in efforts to become a little greener. Fortunately, by following these 4 simple tips, you can begin to make your own business more environmentally responsible and help make a positive impact on the world.

1) Start small.

Simple things such as encouraging employees not to run the water while washing their hands or installing timed lights in your business’ building can make a huge environmental difference. As another example, business can also replace paper towels in bathrooms with blow dryers, which will free up storage space that once held large quantities of paper towels while reducing the amount of waste produced in your workspace. Small things like this add up to huge savings not only for your business, but for the environment.

2) Plant trees to offset your business’ carbon footprint.

Trying to boost your business’ green practices and image? Participate in a local tree planting event. In addition to making a positive impression in your area, you’ll possibly make a decent impact on your carbon footprint, as each tree that’s planted can absorb as much as 48 lbs. of carbon dioxide in a year. We recommend partnering up with organizations such as Carbon Fund to offset your carbon emissions. They even provide a calculator to estimate the amount of carbon your business emits into the atmosphere here.


3) Offer alternatives.

In addition to taking steps to go green internally, business’ that sell products or services have additional opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment. One thing they can do is offer eco-friendly options, such as bio-diesel, non-toxic paints, and products made with organic materials. Doing so can encourage consumers to choose the environmentally responsible options, and will allow your business to make an even stronger positive impact on the environment.


4) Follow the 3 R’s.

Business’ that want to get a little greener should definitely reduce, reuse and recycle at every opportunity. Reusing old materials or scraps in a responsible and safe fashion reduces the amount of things that need to be thrown away at the end of the day. Responsibly disposing of your waste can also significantly diminish your environmental impact; to ensure that you do responsibly dispose of your worksite’s tools, always check national and local safety laws and guidelines to see what the recommended disposal process is. Special services exist to help dispose of more harmful materials; some services, such as Battery Recycling, will even pick up the materials from your site and recycle the parts for future use.

Using these four pieces of advice will go a long way in greenifying your business. Business owners who want to make as positive an impact on the environment as possible should also educate their employees on the benefits of making responsible environment-related decisions. With the right guidance, your employees’ decisions can positively impact not only the environment, but your organization. With 71% of American workers wanting to work for a leader who is environmentally responsible, now is the time to begin working with your employees and making greener business decisions. By doing so, you will see a difference in all aspects of business.


Companies Must Prepare and Equip Employees For Offsite Spills

Workplace safety is a term that is relevant beyond the office or warehouse environment. In fact any employee in your chain of production and distribution is under your care. If your company transports products out to fuel distributors, liquid distributors or oil distributors, then the chances are that you understand this better than most.

Employees involved in the transportation of fuel, liquid, oil, or chemicals are some of the most underappreciated members in the business world. These men and women are often responsible not only for the safe transport of these valuable goods, but also for responding to an emergency in a way that both protects their own health and eliminates the risk of causing harm to the public or the environment.

Today, these employees are likely either involved in the transport of these goods by train, by truck, by oil tanker, or more often by pipeline. Each of these methods of transport have pros and cons; all of them, in an emergency, have the potential to accidentally release liquid, oil, chemical or fuel spills into the environment.

With this in mind, there are two major safety steps any company that transports these goods must take.

First, they must take responsibility to properly train their employees in responding to emergency situations, especially in case local authorities near a potential spill or accident are not properly equipped to handle the situation themselves.

Second, they must also provide their employees with the proper tools to respond to a potential emergency or spill.

These tools could include everything and anything from full Hazmat suits to a basic absorbent product, depending on the nature of what exactly is being moved. In any case, any company that moves fuel, liquid, oil, or chemicals to fuel distributors, liquid distributors, oil distributors, and other sites should always have several properly prepared spillkits on standby during transport for use in an emergency.

There are many safety groups and government offices that can help a company develop the right spillkit for their needs. After a plan has been developed it’s just a matter of the company purchasing the right absorbents in the right amounts. We recommend including SpillFix products in any spillkit; made from coconut husks, SpillFix offers a renewable resource-based cleaning product that promises not to cause any damage during a clean-up in an emergency or after it’s disposed. SpillFix also works far better than the average clay-based absorbent, absorbing any spilled liquid to actually stopping liquid in its path down an incline. Just click below to see a video demonstration:


With the right training and the right tools, your company’s employees can be the first responders to the scene of an accident – and could even potentially keep that accident from becoming even bigger. Don’t wait: make sure that your safety lists, and your spillkits, are as up to date as possible today.

The Ins And Outs Of Spill Kits

Maybe you restore automobiles in your free time. Maybe you work in an autoshop. Or maybe you’re an engineer, a chemist, or one of many other professionals who work around oils and chemicals.

If you are, then you understand the importance of a spill kit. In your line of work, oil spills, fuel spills, acid spills – they’re all possible accidents that you need to be ready for. Sometimes they’re minor spills, and sometimes they’re a bit more troublesome, and maybe even dangerous.

Wherever spills are possible, a spill kit is a necessary tool to keep on hand at work or even in your own personal restoration shop; spill kits help you launch a quick, safe response to a variety of spills. If you don’t have a spill kit yet, or maybe need to restock yours, keep reading – our tips will help make sure your spill kit is ready to tackle any spill clean-up.

What should you have in your spill kit?

The typical spill kit contains two, maybe three types of items. All spill kits include protective clothing (or Personal Protective Equipment), as well as tools to clean up any spill that occurs. Sometimes, spill kits can include additional tools used to stop the leaks that caused the spill in the first place.

A spill kit usually contains protective clothing. and equipment to clean up the spill. Some kits also include equipment to stop leakage.

What are some specific items that I need to include in my spill kit?

This depends on the type of spills you work around and the size of your kit. For example, a small spill kit used to address oil spills would at least need gloves, sorbent, a container to store any cleaned up materials, a whisk broom and pan, and heavy duty plastic bags.

Larger spill kits, on the other hand, should include protective clothing for at least two people – including gloves, boot covers, goggles, duct tape, and potentially steel toed boots or helmets, depending on where you work.

What are some non-traditional tools my kit should include?

At least one non-traditional tool a spill kit should include is SpillFix. While a bunch of absorbent products made for spill kits are clay-based, SpillFix is made from coconut husks – and it works wonders. A small amount of SpillFix is four times more efficient than the average clay based absorbent on today’s market, is environmentally friendly, and is very easy to dispose of – meaning that you don’t necessarily need to keep numerous containers on site if you’re worried about dealing with multiple spills at your job. Additionally, SpillFix works well with a wide range of products, from cooking oils to hydraulic oils; it even works well cleaning up paint spills.

We have one final piece of advice for you as you update or build your spill kit: plan for the worse situation that could happen at your job site or in your restoration shop, and then over-prepare for that situation. This will ensure that you are set to address both foreseen and many unforeseen incidents on site. Even the safest worksites have accidents and spills sometimes; having a well stocked spill kit ready for use, though, will ensure that those accidents are addressed swiftly and promptly.

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