“Going green” is no longer just a fad or a lifestyle choice – it’s a responsibility that everyone the world over needs to embrace as global warming proves itself to be a very real thing. You’ve probably already been involved in recycling at home for years. Now it’s time to go green at the office. Here are 10 ways to be more eco-friendly at work.
Every penny counts, especially if you’re a small business owner or employee. Reducing your electric bill is one way to see growth in your business endeavors while also being eco-friendly. Simple ways to see immediate savings include turning off lights in rooms that aren’t being used, and powering down when the office closes. Take it a step further by installing automated systems that turn lights on or off depending if the room or hallway is being used.
Install recycling bins in your office next to the usual trash area. Motivate employees to drop their recyclables, such as aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and paper into the necessary receptacles.
Go organic. For instance, office spaces are notorious for having common coffee areas. Make sure you’re using recyclable filters and that your coffee products are fair-trade or organic. Furthermore, urge your employees to use aluminum bottles for water instead of paper or plastic cups.
Utilizing outdoor lighting isn’t an option for every office, but when it is, take advantage of it. Poll up the blinds and push aside the drapes – let the natural light in for a fresher, more natural feeling, and save on electricity.
Use eco-friendly products. Simply put, these are products that will not harm the environment, neither when they are being produced nor when they are disposed of. Lead by example and influence others around you to do the same.
Use environmentally friendly paper products. Purchase notepads and printer paper that are 100 percent recycled. Also, try printing in black and white only so you save money on ink, and use refillable cartridges.
Reducing your electric bill is one way to see growth in your business endeavors while also being eco-friendly.
Aside from using recycled paper, you can also go paperless when possible. For instance, try using office-wide email announcements instead of posting flyers on the walls. Use cloud-based solutions such as Dropbox to share documents instead of printing out reams of notebook binders.
Give employees motivation to ride their bikes to work. Some cities are more bicycle friendly than others, but if you live in one that has bike lanes, install secure bike storage areas. At the very least, offer secure bike stands where your employees can lock up their two-wheelers. For those employees who have long commutes, organize a ride share program or offer flexible hours that allow them to travel during off-peak traffic times.
Nearly every community has volunteer programs for cleaning up public spaces, such as roadsides and parks. Make your company a sponsor for one or more of these programs and motivate your employees to volunteer in cleaning up their community.
Limit your travel by teleconferencing. This not only saves your company money, it helps the environment by limiting the CO2 produced by car and air travel.
A City Suburban Services, Inc. is dedicated to protecting the environment while assisting clients in removing their disposables in a responsible manner. Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can assist your office in becoming more eco-friendly.