The Burris Commitment to Mother Earth

Burris Commitment to Mother Earth

Nature provides us with many resources we cherish each day. Think about all of the products you use each day. What environmental impact do they leave? According to the Energy Resource Center, energy efficiency in the U.S. is at an all time low at 39 percent.

To be more energy efficient, we consolidate our delivery routes to emit less carbon dioxide and use less fuel. We also try to limit the amount of packaging used when shipping products to help lower waste. Here are a few things you can do in your office to be eco-friendly.

Use Natural Cleaners

Natural Cleaners

 Look for cleaning products that contain natural ingredients and no artificial dyes or fragrances. This is especially important for those in your office that might suffer from allergies based on fragrance. Natural cleaning supplies lower the amount of harmful toxins released throughout your office and are better for your skin.

Think Before You Print

Think Before you Print
 
Consider using paper made from post-consumer material to help reduce your environmental impact. Also, look in to options to share files over e-mail or through a service like Dropbox or Google Drive rather than printing out copies during meetings. If you have forms that you need someone to fill out, consider either putting them on your website or sending them as a PDF.  

Look for Eco-Friendly Office Furniture

Eco-Friendly Office Furniture
 
We are proud to carry furniture that meets SCS and Greenguard certifications. This means that the furniture you purchase has been tested rigorously for indoor air quality, and emits low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs.) You will also want to look for furniture made of post recyclable materials, which saves materials from entering landfills.

Think About Your Technology Use

Think about Your Technology
 
Look for an ENERGY STAR symbol when shopping for new tech products. This means that the product has been tested for energy efficiency. This could not only help you lower your environmental impact, but can also save you on electricity costs.

When you leave the office for the day, turn off all lights and unplug any electronic devices that do not need to be plugged in. According to Boston University, turning your lights off every day can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 0.15 pounds per hour. Turning off any phantom power (devices that always stay plugged in) can help reduce your energy by 20 percent.

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