This story began as an attempt to create small ripples in hopes of making bigger and more powerful waves. These ripples are small steps and changes we have made at TIDLOR to help build a green world.
What makes our endeavor to go green interesting is how we work together to find solutions and achieve success through Thirst for Wisdom and Self-Development
and Experiment to Lead Change.
our core values that are deeply ingrained in everyone at TIDLOR.
This article will go over our go green journey and how we have planted and nurtured the seeds of environmental awareness at TIDLOR.
Our Business Support and Central Service (BSCS) team is the main team responsible for driving greening actions at TIDLOR. When the company saw rising water and electricity consumption, the BSCS team implemented an energy efficiency campaign, which formed a basis for the go green concept and subsequent greening projects.
“The BSCS team’s responsibilities are related to utility management, water and electricity consumption, and facilities, including housekeeping, waste collection, security at the head office and branches, and use of company vehicles, all of which are not without environmental impacts.
The team found that the company’s energy consumption had increased since our head office was located at Juthamard Building. To address this problem, it initiated a campaign to reduce energy consumption, placing stickers in work areas throughout the office building to remind employees to turn off lights and water when not in use.
It also implemented a campaign to reduce vehicle fuel use by maintaining company vehicles so that they consumed less fuel and switching to alternative fuels, such as replacing diesel with B10 and gasoline with E20, which not only helped the company lower costs but also curbed carbon emissions.
When the head office was moved to Ari Hills Building, the BSCS team paid attention to energy efficiency. It coordinated with the interior contractor to replace light bulbs with LED bulbs to save energy. Today, all light bulbs in our office building have been changed to LED.”
On the journey to going green, the BSCS team has learned many lessons through our two core values, Thirst for Wisdom and Self-Development
and Experiment to Lead Change.
One such lesson is that understanding the purpose of office space and space user behavior is the key factor to achieving success.
“About one or two years ago, we tried to use a motion switch (a switch that uses sensor to detect motion in the room to automatically turn the light on and off) in our office building. After installing the switch in two conference rooms, we heard many complaints because the lights were shut off if people in the room made didn’t move for a period of time.
So, we had to reanalyze to understand which areas in the building were not used regularly and did not require the lights to stay on all the time. After gaining a better understanding, we decided to install a motion switch in a printer room. We thought that this location was more suitable because when people finished printing and left the room, the light would just automatically turn off.
Thus, we have learned to make constant adjustments and improve our peripheral vision on this journey to going green.”
Another important lesson comes from our campaign to promote waste separation awareness and putting the right waste in the right recycling bins, which resulted in our unique recycling bin design and determining the right location for recycling bins.
“Before the recycling bins looked like what they are today, we came up with many designs, starting from using different colors for different recycling bins with signs indicating which colored bins were for which types of waste. However, this design did little to get people to discard their waste in the right bins.
In our second attempt, we designed the drop hole sizes to fit the size of different types of waste intended for different recycling bins. For example, a trash bin intended for plastic bottles would have a drop hole the size of plastic bottles. Yet, there were still many people who did not discard their waste correctly.
In the end, we came up with a new design to allow for immediate recognition of what types of waste should go in which trash bins. For example, a trash bin for plastic bottles is designed in the shape of a bottle with separate compartments for bottle caps and bottle wrappers and a drop hole for bottles. This could save housekeepers time sorting waste again.
A trash bin for aluminum cans, such as beer cans and soda cans, is designed in the shape of an aluminum can with a drop hole the size of aluminum cans. A trash bin for used paper is made of cardboard obtained from SCGP (SCG Packaging Company), one of our environmental partners. Trash bins for e-waste such as headphones, old mobile phones, and old charging docks and cables are supplied by AIS, one of our e-waste network partners.”
The location of trash bins was determined based on our analysis of what types of trash bins are suitable for the waste commonly produced in specific areas.
“For example, a recycling bin for A4 paper is set up in a printing area, while a recycling bin for cardboard is placed near the IT department, where equipment is frequently ordered and unpacked.”
Moreover, the BSCS team pays special attention to clear communication to provide both quantitative and qualitative information about the benefits of separating waste. For example, we communicated that we donated plastic bottles from waste separation to Wat Chak Daeng to be recycled into fibers to make monk robes. Aluminum cans and lids were donated to the Prostheses Foundation to make prosthetic legs for the disabled. Used paper was sent to a paper mill for further recycling, while toxic waste was disposed of as required by the law.
“We try to include numbers in our communication to better convey the importance of going green. For example, to date, TIDLOR has donated 164 kilograms of plastic bottles to Wat Chak Daeng, which were turned into 328 monk robes. Or that a single-use coffee cup produces four pieces of waste (the cup, the lid, the plastic straw, and the bag). If you bring your own reusable coffee cup to work for five days, you will reduce up to 20 pieces of waste. If everyone at TIDLOR brought their own coffee cups every day, we would be able to reduce up to six million pieces of waste a year.”
Today, the BSCS team continues to create new go green projects, such as installing solar cell lamps in front of branches and the organic waste reduction campaign (zero wasted food).
The key to the success of the BSCS team is the cooperation and contribution of every colleague at TIDLOR, which drives us towards our common sustainable environment goal.
“When we have an activity or a project, every one of us at TIDLOR is happy to cooperate. For example, in the head office and branch decorating activity under the theme ‘reducing global warming,’ we received cooperation from the DIY team in creating a video clip to teach how to make decorative items from waste materials. The team also assisted us in making a Christmas tree from waste aluminum cans and lanterns from plastic bottles to promote waste separation.
The culture team helped us create a fun activity, ‘Let’s Green Wednesday,’ on Facebook to encourage everyone at TIDLOR to post pictures of them holding cloth bags, using their own reusable cups, and separating waste for a chance to win a prize.
The premium items and prizes to be rewarded to employees for each activity are made with an environmental concept, such as cloth bags or water bottles.”
Most importantly, our executives also play an important role in supporting and guiding our go green activities.
Did you know that the idea of using A4 recycled paper in the office came from Mr. Piyasak, our Managing Director?
Besides Mr. Piyasak, other management leaders have also set a good example for us by bringing their own cups, water bottles, or cloth bags every day.”
These are small ripples created by the cooperation of everyone at TIDLOR. These small ripples will turn into big waves, expanding our go green efforts steadily into society at large.