Over the last year, Milliken celebrated a host of milestones in our sustainability journey, including introducing our inaugural sustainability report and increasing the recycled content of our standard modular carpet collections by 8 to 10 percent. As we embark on the New Year, we are excited to continue that journey and extend our commitment to environmental stewardship. Collective efforts, big and small, matter. Here are a few tips to help you embrace greener living in 2016.
1. Stay local
Whether you’re purchasing fruits and vegetables for the week or sourcing materials for a large project, choosing local options is easiest on the environment. By purchasing goods locally, you lessen pollution and emissions generated during transport.
2. Commit to the 3 R's
This year, commit to reducing, reusing, and recycling. Reducing overall consumption lessens overall waste. Consider reuse both at home and at work. Use reusable bags, water bottles, and thermoses to reduce excess plastic in your personal life. For your next design project, explore art and installations that reuse other objects. When you do need to find new homes for things, contact local reuse stores, like the Minneapolis Convention Center did when they renovated their 20,000+ square-foot space, or be sure to recycle.
3. SAVE ENERGY
Whether you’re selecting light bulbs for your living room or deciding on appliances for a large facility, consider low-energy options. Traditional light bulbs produce energy in the form of heat, which uses more power and can heat up your space. Choose an energy-efficient bulb like a halogen incandescent, a CFL or an LED, to save your budget and utilities. If you’re selecting appliances that use water, choose the most efficient options, like dual-flush toilets or automatic sinks, which turn themselves off when not in use.
Resolve to remember that every effort to live a greener life, personally and professionally, counts. May 2016 be your greenest year yet.