The United Nations has named 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health in order to put a spotlight on how important plants are to the health of us, our planet and our economies.
If you want your business to look after the plants that keep our planet green and healthy, here are some things to consider:
International travel and trade are great ways for pests and plant diseases to travel thousands of miles and cause havoc in another country. Unnatural pests can damage crops and unbalance delicate ecosystems, decreasing food security and harming the environment.
Eliminating pests completely is extremely difficult but carrying out a pest risk assessment can help you to determine the threat your business poses to the planet as well as possible solutions to mitigate the issue.
Once international travel is back to normal, you can also ensure that any business trips you or your colleagues make are carried out as safely as possible. Do not bring plants and food with you and check your luggage carefully for any uninvited passengers.
You can help to protect the world’s trees by initiating paperless policies in your workplace or by setting limits on printing. You could also try sourcing recycled paper to reduce your business’s environmental impact on plants.
Supporting tree planting initiatives will also help you to support plant health. These can be local or international and will help to combat deforestation. You can even support tree planting from your desk – search engine Ecosia plants a tree for approximately every 45 searches you make using its search engine.
You can help to protect the planet and its plants more indirectly by introducing other planet-friendly initiatives into the workplace. This could include the encouragement of greener commuting, better use of natural resources, the use of recycled products or sustainable building. Even simple measures such as introducing recycling bins and turning off the lights at the end of the day can help.
Bees are essential to our ecosystem due to their role as pollinators. They are therefore crucial for plant – and crop – health. You could try supporting them by planting pots of bee-friendly plants such as lavender around your workplace or by hanging up ‘bee hotels’, which give solitary bees somewhere to sleep and nest.
For a longer-term strategy, your company can implement ISO 14001, the international Standard for Environmental Management. With this ISO you can identify cost savings in terms of resources, waste and energy as well as introduce policies that control the environmental impact of your business.
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