It isn’t hard to get carried away and be wasteful at work. Even if you do practice green solutions at home, the office seems to bring out the worst of careless consumption in us. Here are a few basic instructions on how to reduce the damage.
Don’t Leave Your Computer In Sleep Mode
Be sure to properly turn off all computers and other electrical equipment prior to leaving the office. Do not turn them in the morning automatically, wait until you need to use them. The last person to leave the office at the end of the day should make a habit of doing a quick check to make sure that nothing is left buzzing during the night.
It goes without saying that you should cut down on your office’s paper consumption by trying to do, read and send what you can electronically. However, if you must print certain documents, double-sided printing is the way to go. Have a clearly marked bin for reusable sheets in order to make sure that no one-sided printouts are being thrown away.
Bring Your Own Glasses and Cups
There is no need for paper cups. Employees should either bring their own, or the office should invest in glass and ceramic, which can be reused over and over again without creating more waste. The paper version can be on hand for visitors in waiting rooms.
Maintain The Temperature
Use regulators and economizers to keep the office at an optimal temperature. There is no need to keep an ideal working temperature when there is no one around. Lower the heat instead of opening windows, or open the windows to let some air in instead of using the air-conditioning. Your office heating and cooling system need to be maintained regularly. This can help reduce pollution and costs.
Offer Incentives For Alternative Transportation
Try encouraging people who live on the same route to carpool by perhaps offering gas money. It may be cheaper to pay for bus tickets or provide a space to store bicycles than parking spaces. Devising a commuting plan (anything other than driving to work one person per vehicle) will not only be eco-friendly, it will keep your employees happier and healthier.
Consider The food Consumed During Office Hours and Meetings
Try ordering from caterers that use organic or local produce. Buy organic coffee and tea instead of the mainstream products. It is not a big difference in price, but it does have an impact on the environment, your health and local business as well.
Be Mindful Of The Lighting
Use daylight instead of fluorescent lighting whenever possible. Pull back the blinds. The sunshine and natural light increase productivity and make for a healthier, more creative workspace – and it’s free. If this is not possible in the space that you occupy, make sure that you are using energy saving light bulbs (LEDs) everywhere. They use less electricity and last incomparably longer. Do not forget to switch off the lights whenever a room is not being used.
Think Before You Buy
Think about what you buy and bring into the office, especially when it comes to supplies. Try to stick to recycled or reusable products such as refillable pens, highlighters and cartridges, 100% recycled paper, etc. A few small changes can really make an impact.
Create An Office Oasis
Take it a conch up from a few plants in the corners and create a green space. This will really let everyone know that your company is dedicated to helping the environment. You can turn a rooftop, terrace or small garden into a lounge or common area where employees and clients will be able to breathe in some fresh air and get their creative juices flowing.
Make Your Office More Casual
This can include many things such as a day to work from home or a casual dress code. It does depend on the services you provide, but at least one day a week can do wonders for morale and the environment. Think about the reduction of pollution if employees were to work from home or cut down on dry-cleaning.
We all know that everyone needs to do a small part in order to successfully reduce waste and the damage to our planet. The office is perhaps the most overlooked, but given the amount of time we spend there, it is also the most logical place to start making changes.