Offices are a major contributor to waste. Be it paper or energy, the choices of an office all contribute to their carbon footprint. There are so many things that you can do to ensure that you are working in an environmentally friendly office. With the planet deteriorating each year, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that they are doing their part- starting with your office. Green Office are sharing a few tips on how to ensure your office is a greener place.
How to Make Your Office More Environmentally Friendly
Green Office is all about doing our bit for more eco-friendly businesses. Here are 5 ways that you can make your office more environmentally friendly. Visit our blog to stay updated on green tips from around the world.
1. Reduce Paper Waste
It is no secret that offices waste a significant amount of paper. In the digital era that we are in, there is currently no need for paper in offices. Almost everything can be done on a digital device. When paper is absolutely necessary, try double-sided printing or reusing the paper when it is no longer needed.
2. Turn Off All Electronics and Lights at Night
Leaving electronics, lights and air-conditioning on throughout the night is a blatant waste of energy. When your staff leave to go home for the night, ensure that everything is off in the office. Not only will this benefit the environment, but it will also save you money on your electrical bill.
3. Make Small Changes
If you are wanting a more eco-friendly office, you can start small. Install an air dryer in the bathrooms to prevent paper towel usage. Encourage your employees to carpool or take public transport or invest in a water station to prevent your team from buying plastic water bottles, instead they can bring their own to refill. Motion sensors in bathrooms and infrequently used corridors are also a great way to save energy. You should even consider shopping your office snacks from local businesses.
4. Make Use of Natural Lighting
Why waste energy on lighting that isn’t necessarily needed? If your office has windows, make use of natural lighting whenever possible. Not to mention, natural lighting is much better for your employees’ eyes than harsh white lighting typically found in offices. Keep lights off, or at least some, as much as possible.
5. Make Better Overall Office Choices
Invest in products that will help reduce your office’s carbon footprint. This can be in the form of a software that helps you monitor exactly what your printer is being used for and by who (you can find out more on this here). If your office is far too big for you and your team, consider downsizing to a space that requires less utilities.
Make the Right Changes with Green Office
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