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One Planet Living Update

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

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, Sustainability

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 Consulting

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, Innovation

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 Consulting

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, TCO

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 Consulting

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 Consulting

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 Consulting

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 Consulting

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 Software

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 Consulting

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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Managing Your Print Environment = A More Sustainable Business

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Written by James Tooley in collaboration with Wilma O’Neill

What are the main pain points for retailers when looking at managing their print environment?

When it comes to your print environment there are a lot of things to consider, but in retail there’s not always time to:

  • Look for the best price
  • Manage your hardware, contracts and stock
  • While managing a store and trying to cut costs, you still need to find a way to be more sustainable.

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Cost Recovery – It’s not as difficult as you think!

By Efficient, Green Office, Innovation, Office Solutions, Print Management Software

Cost recovery in any business is essential. In law firms, it’s even more important to ensure that billable items land on clients’ invoices. Disbursements are often either manually tracked and billed, or it is isn’t recovered 100%. (This is an opportunity lost to generate an income for your business!)

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Our preferred software for printing, telephony management and cost recovery is PaperCut.  Not a lot of companies know that PaperCut offers telephony billing, through an add-on module called, Revoco.  We’ve worked with various law firms of different sizes and for us, this software is a must.

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One Planet Living – Land and Nature

By Carbon Footprint, Eco-Friendly, Efficient, Green Office, Innovation, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Sustainability Consulting

Continuing our series exploring Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, the spotlight this month is on Land and Nature.  In having an academic background focused on the natural environment, this principle is close to my heart and promotes the protection and restoration of land and marine systems for the benefit of people and wildlife. 

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The One Planet goals for land and nature include:

  • To have a positive impact on natural ecosystems and prevent harm, from extraction to production, and retail;
  • To source materials responsibly and eliminate the use of materials associated with the destruction of natural habitats; and
  • To make a positive contribution to local biodiversity.

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Surviving to Thriving – Richard Sutton, Author of The Stress Code

By Company Culture, Culture Code, Efficient, Green Office

This must be one of the most powerful talks I have attended as part of the EQ Entrepreneur Network Durban South Africa.

Richard’s talk was filled with valuable insights and statistics on the biggest health epidemic of the 21st century: DEPRESSION.Depression-1024x373

I was amazed by this South African man who had accomplished so much. Richard’s credibility is backed up with an incredible track record where he has worked with some of the world’s best athletes and businesses.

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Digitization in the Banking Industry

By Digitalisation, Efficient, Green Office, Innovation, Office Solutions

Hello Again and Green Greetings!

In our last blog engagement, we explored the “Typical challenges experienced in the Banking industry”.  We touched briefly on digital banking trends and the way forward for the banking industry following the challenges experienced from a Green Office perspective.

Digitization is the new buzz word within the FinTech industry with automation, efficiency and customer experience as the main drivers.  Within the banking industry the partnership between strategy and technology create a perfect platform for digitization.  The majority of customers are techno savvy and demand more streamlined processes from their banking service provider.  Their time is valuable, and they challenge the banking industry to move towards digital platforms or face the risk of losing their business to more progressive banking service providers.

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