If you want to get starting in being more green in your workplace or office you can tackle all or a few of the below environmentally friendly tips.
1. Use electricity wisely.
Turn off all computers, printers, photocopiers, and other equipment that doesn’t need to be left on at the end of the day and leave them off until you need to use them again. Its easy to forget that leaving these things on all day uses just as much electricity as it would at home. But when you’re not paying the bill its not hard to let these things slide. Check that all computers/monitors are set to their most energy efficient settings. Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Take advantage of natural sunlight as much as possible.
2. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
“Reduce, reuse, recycle… Refuse” Australia has added a fourth R – Refuse. Simply put: Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. And, when you do make a purchase, bring your own bags. Recycling means more than just throwing old notepaper in the recycling bin (but don’t stop doing that!). Really think about everything you use. Do you need disposable cups at the water cooler? Can you use the other side of the used sheets of paper you’ve thrown in the recycle bin?
3. Use environmentally friendly office products.
On average, they only cost 5% more, which is a small price to pay to cut down on waste and pollution. Start small – 100% recycled paper, refillable ink cartridges, non-toxic highlighters, etc.
For those who do come to the office on a regular basis, encourage (and help arrange) carpooling, use of public transit, biking, or walking. Even if you can only manage it 2 days a week, give it a go!
5. Aim for a paperless office.
With the way technology is going why wouldn’t we want to save as many trees and go paperless. It may still seem unrealistic to go entirely paperless but you can at least try to cut down on printed material when possible. Read on-screen and only print documents when absolutely necessary. Take scanned copies and file them online rather than photocopying things and filing paper.
6. Institute a casual dress code.
Not having to wear suits in hot summer months can help keep cooling costs down (and make for a happier workplace). It can also reduce the amount of clothing that needs to be dry cleaned or ironed – less of a carbon foot print!
7. Fair trade & organic.
Buy fair trade, organic coffee and teas for the office. If anyone prefers to go out for their hot beverages, encourage them to take their own mugs. Most coffee shops offer a small discount to patrons who do so. More importantly is the reduction in waste from not having to throw out paper or Styrofoam cups.