It’s good to be green! At least, it’s good to be a business that acts responsibly when it comes to the environment. This means taking steps at the office to reduce waste and increase efficiency. This blog will help you to make your office a greener space that you can feel proud of.
Businesses rely on communication to help get the job done. This adds up to lots of memos, invoices, and other methods of passing around information using paper products. If you’re not recycling already, it’s time to get started!
Many cities offer shredding services for confidential documents that you no longer need. You can set up your own recycling box for everything else. Encourage employees to use both sides of paper whenever possible. You can also ask them to toss waste into the office recycling bin when they are done, not a trash can! Make your own recycling bin out of crates and start cutting back on paper.
Look around you. How many things do you have running on electricity right now? Chances are you have lots of things plugged in, from appliances to computer equipment. While you can’t be expected to work in the dark, you can cut back on your energy use at the office.
Start by unplugging things that are not getting used, like phone chargers. Encourage co-workers to power down computer equipment or put them on sleep mode when not in use. If a room is empty, turn off the lights. This site has lots of other energy-saving tips that should help you to cut back on power usage.
Pour Out Bottled Water
If you’re still drinking bottled water, it’s time to stop. While manufacturers have taken efforts to add more recycled materials into their bottles, many empty ones continue to end up in landfills. Encourage co-workers to bring reusable bottles from home, and fill them up at work. There are options such as: filters that can be installed to the faucet, water pitchers to keep in the fridge, or even jugs and stands that keep water ice cold.
Follow these simple suggestions, and you’ll be making your coworkers happy, and your competitors green with envy before you can say “reduce, reuse, and recycle”! How are you making your office greener? Share your ideas and comments with us!