Even the most environmentally conscious people often fail to take the same care in the workplace that they do at home. You spend a lot of time at work, so why not put effort into being more environmentally minded there? Going green at the office doesn't have to be complicated. Small and simple changes can make a big impact on the environment. Click To Tweet
Reduce Waste in the Workplace
The traditional office provides many opportunities to boost your eco-friendly status. From adjusting your office lighting system to utilizing a print management software to reduce waste, there are countless things you can do to make your office green. A greener workplace can mean a lighter ecological footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and good news for the bottom line. Here are some practical steps to lay the groundwork for a low-impact workspace:
1) Ditch the Cups
If your office staff consists of 20 people, and everyone has a cup of coffee a day, that’s almost 5,000 cups per year! Encourage employees to bring their own bottles or mugs to work, and eliminate significant waste.
2) Use The Cloud
The business decision to move data to the cloud is often financially motivated but is also environmentally friendly. In the past, companies had to buy their own drives and storage equipment, all of which depreciated over time. With the cloud, companies only have to pay for what they use, which makes it easy to upgrade or scale back.
3) Let Employees Determine Lighting
While this sounds counter-intuitive, employees may not want bright fluorescent lights all day long. Allowing them the freedom to control their lights will likely result in lower lights, more natural light, and less electricity used.
4) Encourage Recycling
Make it clear to employees that you’re going to start recycling, and inform them of what items will apply. Obvious recycling items will include paper and beverage containers. You can reinforce the project and what items are covered through use of posters and emails. Provide a clearly labeled and recycling container, and separate it from the trash can to avoid confusion.
5) Reduce Print Waste
Make sure you’re using a multifunction printer rather than separate machines for each function. Your printer should have the option to duplex (print on both sides of a piece of paper) which can cut down your paper waste dramatically. Recycle ink and toner cartridges, and run your printer on Eco-Mode if it has the option.
Going green doesn’t have to be a dramatic endeavor. Small steps in the right direction can make a big impact. Swap out office products for more environmentally friendly versions when it’s time to restock. Switch to recycled office supplies, such as paper and pens.
Whether it is reducing the size of the office trash can or choosing to drink coffee from a travel mug rather than a foam cup, there are plenty of easy ways to go green at work. Are you feeling inspired yet?
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