The tangible aspects of saving water at work are fairly straight forward if your business is office-based:
Getting a grip on your water saving potential if you are a manufacturer will take some additional investigation and analysis. But even for manufacturers, the hardest part will be to change the behavior of the people using the equipment: your co-workers. Read about the reasons why water will become scarcer, and how to get your co-workers involved in saving water.
We live on the "blue planet": 71% of the Earth's surface is covered with water. But just around one percent of that is liquid fresh water (another two percent is contained in icecaps and glaciers). Water is a finite resource.
Take the growing world population and well over 10% of people in developing countries still without access to drinking water. Add the growing consumer demand for products that take lots of water to produce.
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Then round it off with climate change issues including extreme weather such as droughts or floods, and energy production adding to the pressure on the world's water supply. You see: international water scarcity will impact your business, too - maybe directly, definitely indirectly.
The big corporations are implementing serious water saving measures in their core sustainability strategies. And it won't be long before they spread this responsibility throughout their supply chain. So there's a good chance your big clients will put pressure on you to save water soon. Might as well start the process yourself and get ahead of the competition!
Let's go back to your business and the actions to take. Start off by identifying how water is used in your business. Think beyond the tap. Does your equipment use water? How about cleaning? Car wash? Irrigation? Coffee making?
As you've probably read elsewhere on sustainability4success.com, the strategic approach is the way to go when you want to change your co-workers' behaviour. So here are some suggestions:
Motivators for your co-workers can be:
IMPORTANT: Think about any negative competitive behavior that may be triggered by a contest!
More info about saving water at work
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