Becoming an Environmentally Friendly Small Business

This post is the first in a series about our quest to become as environmentally friendly a company as possible. For a long time now, Climate Change has been high on the agenda in the media, but over the last few years the messages from programmes like BBC’s Blue Planet II ( and activists like Greta Thunberg (, the urgency is becoming more apparent.

Here at Pharian, we’ve begun implementing some changes to our company, even though they may seem small. Our aim by the end of 2020 is to become greener than ever! But sometimes it’s difficult and when we look around the office we can see lots of things that we could do better. We thought that we would start by letting people know some of the simple things we are trying to do. If you have any suggestions that you would like to share with us we would love to hear from you.

We rent a small serviced office in Crawley, and we are lucky that our landlord, Worth Corner Business Centre are also embracing a greener way of doing things and are inspiring us to be more aware of what we do. Across all the offices in our complex, over 180 small plastic bags are used each week to line the bins (that’s over 9,300 a year), but we have been encouraged to stop using these and to keep the waste bins dry. We already sort our recycling, which I know many of the offices here do as well, but now we bought a small ‘compost caddy’ in which we can put our wet waste like tea bags and banana skins. We’re even more lucky that our landlord has a compost heap here so we are hoping to use this soon for this wet waste.

This week we have been thinking about how we can reduce our use of plastics. Some things seem obvious, although it doesn’t hurt to keep reminding ourselves about them, especially when you realise that a whopping 91% of plastic isn’t recycled:

  • Use a mug or a glass instead of plastic cups
  • Buy a refillable water bottle
  • Use lunch boxes and cut down on packaging

Some things are harder to get rid of, especially everyday office items like punched pockets, bubble wrap, ink cartridges, even the pens we use every day.

If you have any suggestions or have found some great articles please let us know.

More next week…

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