How much waste from your office ends up in a landfill?
If you’re concerned about how green your workspace is, here are a few small changes that will make a big difference.
Only print what you really need – Save some trees by keeping documents digital instead of printing and filing them. You’re less likely to misplace them that way too! You could also use recycled paper in your printer to lessen the impact when you do have to print.
Recycle - It’s easy once you get set up. Pop a bin under each desk to catch the paper waste, and recycle plastics and containers in the lunchroom. You could also set up an organics bin to use for composting.
Purchase items locally – It’s easy to go online and make purchases from anywhere in the world, but consider how many miles a product will take to get to your door. Can you buy it locally? If you can, you’ll be helping to reduce carbon emissions, and supporting your community.
Offer incentives – Do you have many employees who commute to work every day by car? You could set up a bonus scheme where staff members who car pool, use public transport, walk or cycle are given a reward for their efforts.
Set up smart – Keep the environment in mind when you buy your furniture. Recycled materials are being used to make furniture and supplies. Green design is also becoming very fashionable, so you’ll be impressed by the style of the products you find. Ecowork is a great resource for beautiful and sustainable office furniture.
Environmental consciousness is contagious. If your employees, friends, family and customers see that you’re taking your environmental impact to heart, it will encourage them to do the same. Spread a little green by putting these ideas into practice.
How green is your office? Do you have more ideas for creating a sustainable workspace? Share them with us in the comments!