How to Make Your Office More Eco-Friendly ♻️
You can significantly reduce your office’s environmental footprint with just a few small changes. Every business has the responsibility of being aware of the eco impact they are having upon the planet. If you’re not on board already, here are some handy tips to ensure a happy and conscious workplace.
BYORB (Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle)
Half of all the plastic used in the world today is used for single use disposable items, like coffee cups. By switching your morning coffee to a reusable cup is taking a massive step against combatting plastic waste. Almost every coffee shop now offers money off your drinks if your bring your own cup. Not only are reusable cups eco-friendly and better for the planet, they retain heat for far longer than a disposable one, so you’re guaranteed a more enjoyable coffee experience.
Invest in recycling bins
Companies should be supplying their offices with recycling bins, and encouraging their employees to separate it accordingly. This will help reduce the amount of waste from your office ending up in landfills.
Motion activated lights
Or even better, open the blinds up and use natural lighting! If that isn’t an option in your office the change to motion censored lights is the next best thing. Energy consumption requires the use of fossils fuels, which results in harmful emissions that are detrimental to the atmosphere. Motion-sensor lights reduced the energy consumption. Another added benefit that comes with reducing your energy consumption is the money you can save on power and electricity bills.
Office bins usually consist of 50% documents that were unnecessarily printed. Why not add a footer at the bottom of your emails reminding the receiver to only print if necessary.
Instead of relying on the printer, why not opt for a cloud bases alternative where you can easily save, share, edit and access documents on Google Drive.
Turn it off
Did you know that the majority of office power is consumed by machines that you presume “off”?Before you leave work, unplug your computers, printers and coffee machines. Leaving these on overnight wastes electricity and results in increased power bills. Microwaves alone burn up to 35 kilowatts per hour, despite only being used during the lunch hour period. The rest of that 35 kilowatts is used on merely keeping the electronic buttons on standby mode and illuminating the clock button. So conserve power by switching off, and reminding your fellow colleagues to do the same!
You should encourage your colleagues and workers to be eco conscious out of office as well. Why not try and start up a car pool or cycling team to get everyone working together to make it a lifestyle change rather than just an “office change”.