You may be eco friendly at home in an effort to reduce bills and minimise energy wastage, however can you say the same about your approach in the workplace? Often employees take a laid back attitude to being environmentally friendly, distracted by demands and deadlines.
As work is where we spend the majority of our time, this is where change should be put in place. Here are a few things to consider- did you know that a computer left on overnight for a year creates enough CO2 to fill a double-decker bus? Understood that a photocopier set to standby overnight wastes enough energy to make 30 cups of tea?
Here’s what you can do at work to play your part in making your office an all-round greener place to be.
Think Before You Print
Here’s one you may have seen before. More and more offices are pushing to be paperless, but there are instances where a “print all” is completely necessary. Read on screen where possible, and when printing is essential try to make sure the paper used is recycled and that you have an obvious recycling bin close to hand. Getting some promotional materials printed? Ask the printer for FSC certified paper.
Order a Complete Shut Down
If you leave the office in a hurry, your computer may well be left on standby along with all other electronic equipment. With shocking facts that an ofﬁce light left on overnight will use enough energy in a year to heat a home for almost 5 months, this should really get you thinking. Unplug everything you can when not in use, and set your computer to sleep mode when you are away from your desk for longer periods of time.
It’s not just your paper that you can recycle. Most of your lunch supplies can be placed in the recycling bin, along with your ink cartridges and cardboard packaging boxes. Currently no bins in place? Why not set them up yourself? A green ideas scheme which rewards and encourages employees is a good way to get even the most reluctant of people involved. Instead of using plastic cups at the coffee, bring your own mug to work and add a bit of personality to your work space at the same time.
The temperature in the office is always a debatable issue. A 2°C increase in office temperature creates enough CO2 in a year to fill a hot air balloon, so if your office gets a little hot at times, rather than opening a window, reduce your thermostat- you’ll save money too! Introducing an informal dress code can also help as staff can layer up or down as they please in keeping with the environment.
A greener workplace can mean a lighter footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and what’s more it’s good news for your bottom line.
What do you do to stay green at work?
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