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5 Ways to Ensure an Eco-friendly Office

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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. Read More

Measure What Matters – Assessing and Adapting to The NEW NORMAL

By Efficient, Innovation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, MPS, Reduce PrintingNo Comments

“Business Analysis is a disciplined approach for introducing and managing change to organizations, whether they are for-profit businesses, governments, or non-profits; by identifying and defining the solutions that will maximize the value delivered by an organization to its stakeholders”.
Marta Magnuszewska, Special Investigation Unit Analyst

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The working world as we know it has changed exponentially and everyone is pondering on what the new working world will look like. Uncertainty and fear are occupying the minds of most individuals now, which limits the ability to gain momentum.

To gain momentum, businesses have been forced to restructure and change the way they do things. Some businesses have found more efficient and cost effective ways of operating and functioning daily using a business analysis approach.

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Ransomware, Malware & Phishing Attacks are on the rise – Are You Next?

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What is an Email-Borne Attack?
An email attack occurs when an email is used in an attempt to cause damage or harm to either an individual or an organization.

The most common form of email-borne attack is called ‘phishing’.

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Adopting Sustainability Initiatives – Quick Wins for The Office

By Carbon Footprint, Efficient, Green Office, Reduce Printing, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

As 2020 starts to wind down, your business might already be looking at planning and budgeting for the new year. Let’s face it, 2020 has been pretty dreadful for many businesses, and sustainability may as a result take a back seat in the 2021 budget.hand-3298095_1920If you would like your business to operate more sustainably and even save a few costs (who wouldn’t?), take note of the following small changes and initiatives that can be implemented in any office environment on a budget that won’t break the bank.

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Why Supporting Local Businesses Is So Important

By Eco-Friendly, Green Office, SustainabilityNo Comments

There hasn’t been much joy that has come out of this Covid lockdown period, but if anything, it has highlighted the importance of the “small man” within our economy. Everywhere you look, particularly on social media, people are imploring others to ditch the reliance on large chains for goods and services – many of which source their goods from overseas – and instead support all things local. And I’m all for it!

With the world shifting towards a more digital way of life, it’s never been easier to get your hands on locally manufactured products, and getting them delivered to your door is a bonus!

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One Planet Living Update

By Carbon Footprint, Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green Office, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

Greetings Eco Champions!

If you have been following Green Office’s blog, you will know that we are on an exciting One Planet Living journey! Green Office has always had sustainability front of mind in everything that we do. From recycling, to reducing water and electricity consumption, as well as ensuring that our customers are efficient and sustainable. However, it is all too easy for sustainability to become a box checking exercise, particularly when it comes to ensuring legal compliance – the heart of it is forgotten, the “why” is forgotten.

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Sustainability at Home – Fun Ways to Reuse Empty Plastic Bottles

By Eco-Friendly, Green Office, Innovation, SustainabilityNo Comments

Greetings to all the Eco Champions out there!

In the spirit of Plastic-Free July, as well as keeping little people busy at home during lockdown (you can thank me later), I thought it would be fitting to share some fun ideas on reusing plastic bottles.  Although plastic bottles (PET) are one of the easier materials to recycle in South Africa, they are still problematic.  Anyone who has taken part in a beach cleanup after heavy rains can confirm this.  Plastic bottles are simply a way of life for many people, and that’s okay, however we do need to be mindful of what we do with these bottles after use.

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Top 10 Items That Can Be Reused, Repurposed and Recycled at The Office

By Carbon Footprint, Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green Office, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

Now more than ever, businesses are looking to reduce costs wherever they can and understandably so.  Doesn’t this then provide the perfect opportunity to look into what items your business is throwing away and seeing how they can be reused, repurposed and recycled within the workplace.  There is always value in waste if you look for it, and the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has merit for those creative minds lingering in the office. 

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What is spreading quicker than Covid-19?

By Cyber Security, Efficient, Green Office, InnovationNo Comments

The answer to the question “What is spreading quicker than Covid-19?” is……FRAUD! To be more exact, cyberthreats, cybercrime and cyberattacks.

Interpol has the slogan “Be Vigilant, Be Skeptical, Be Safe”. This relates to the general shift of focus from cyber defenses to focusing on the current health crisis playing out in the world today, with Covid-19 leaving no country unscathed.

So, the question is? How are you fairing when it comes to keeping the focus on a real threat to your personal information and fraud risk?

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Why Sustainability Should Be a Part of Your Story

By Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

I don’t think I could be writing this blog at a better time.  When the planet was crying out for a break from humanity’s destructive ways, Covid-19 reared its ugly head, forcing us to stop what we were doing and rethink the way that we go about our daily lives.  Whew – perfect timing!  It always amazes me how nature always forces its hand when it matters the most. 

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The Green Office Story and Beyond 2020

By Cartridge Solutions, Cyber Security, Device Management Software, Digitalisation, Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, Hardware Solutions, Innovation, Managed Print, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, MPS, Office Automation, Office Printing, Office Solutions, Print Assessment, Print Environment, Print Management Software, Printing Industry, Remanufactured Toner Cartridges, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting, TCONo Comments

As with most companies this year, Green Office is under immense pressure to drive cost reductions while generating sales to ensure that we are sustainable and will be around next year! Luckily for us, our purpose is to make business more efficient and sustainable, and that is exactly what we’ve been doing for our own business and are planning on doing this year and beyond.

Green Office has been in operation since 1997, starting out in a garage with only three people. We are now a fully fledged Managed Service Business focusing on driving efficiencies and sustainability initiatives to ensure that our clients don’t have physical, financial and operational waste.

Green Office will be focusing on delivering services within the following four towers:

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  1. Managed Print Services looking at all aspects of a print environment.
  2. Digitalisation Consulting, Services & Technology
  3. Cyber Security, focusing on identifying and managing vulnerabilities
  4. Sustainability Consulting, through assessments and training, amongst other items.

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Who is Responsible for Waste – The Producer or The User?

By Carbon Footprint, Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, Innovation, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

Written by Sarah Fernandes in collaboration with Mark Valentine

With pollution, plastics and recycling being front-of-mind for a lot of people at this point in time, the question that often springs to mind is who should be responsible for waste?  How often have you looked at the back of packaging after purchase only to see the dreaded words “not currently recycled”?  For those who are committed to recycling, there is nothing more frustrating.  Shouldn’t the packaging producers at least manufacture something that will make it easy for people to do the right thing?  It’s time to delve into the issue of extended producer responsibility.

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One Planet Living – Materials & Products

By Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

This month we will be looking at the tenth and final One Planet Living principle, which in my opinion is one of the most important principles for sustainable businesses – materials and products.  The principle encourages the use of materials from sustainable sources and promoting products which help consumers reduce their consumption

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One Planet Living – Zero Carbon Energy

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Continuing with our series exploring the One Planet Living principles, the principle of “zero carbon energy” takes the spotlight this month.  This principle endorses making buildings energy efficient and supplying all energy with renewable’s.

Businesses committed to One Planet Living set the following goals with respects to zero carbon energy:

  • To help customers save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
  • To make all operations and supply chains energy efficient.
  • To power all operations and supply chain through renewable energy.

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One Planet Living – Zero Waste

By Carbon Footprint, Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green Office, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

Continuing with our series exploring the One Planet Living principles, the principle of “Zero Waste” takes the spotlight this month.  This principle focuses on reducing consumption (thereby reducing waste), reusing and recycling to achieve zero waste to landfill.  Businesses, suppliers and customers should be encouraged and supported to do the same.

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One Planet Living – Travel & Transport

By Carbon Footprint, Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green Office, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

Continuing our series exploring Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, sustainable travel and transport takes the spotlight this month.  Can business travel and transport ever be sustainable? 

Considering that one will always leave a footprint, be it from the journey itself or the waste produced along the way, is sustainable travel achievable?  For us, sustainable travel means making conscious decisions about the travel requirements that we can control. 

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Many businesses have transport needs that are essential for the day-to-day running of the business which cannot be completely controlled such as using a courier for deliveries.  However, staff business travel can certainly be controlled or managed in such a way that it has the least impact on the environment as possible.

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The Importance of Digitization Software in the Banking Industry

By Device Management Software, Digitalisation, Efficient, Green Office, Innovation, Office Solutions, Print Management SoftwareNo Comments

Written by Chasthi Grant in collaboration with Riaan van Rensburg

Hello again and green greetings!

 Let’s recap from our previous blog post, Digitization in the Banking Industry…

  • Green Office’s approach understands the digitisation end-goal, driving print to zero, entrenching and guiding the business towards a paperless utopia.
  • Green Office has conducted varying sets of decompositions within the banking industry.
  • Green Office will identify, assess, conduct user interviews, present the findings and advise the most sustainable solutions.

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One Planet Living – Culture of Sustainability

By Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green Office, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability ConsultingNo Comments

Continuing our series exploring Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, this month we will be looking at the culture and community principle.  The importance of instilling a culture of sustainability within staff and the community within which businesses operate cannot be overstated enough.  Bioregional’s culture and community principle encourages businesses to nurture local identity and heritage, empower communities and promote a culture of sustainable living.

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A company interested in pursuing One Planet Living instills a culture of sustainability amongst staff, customers and suppliers.  Additionally, they strive to assist the community within which they operate financially and non-financially, such as donating staff time to a community project or undertaking a renovation project at a local school.

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