8 Effective Tips for Creating a Green Office

November 29, 2013 2:34 pm

Going green just makes sense. You don’t even need to have an environmental consciousness to see that. For businesses, it is the best financial move you’ve made in ages. Cutting down on overhead costs for eco reasons will help your company become all the more successful. It’s also fantastic for staff morale. This can be done internally, although if additional expert advice is required, seek the opinion of a specialist in recreating office’s.

green office eco friendlyBring In the Bins

Make sure that there are multiple bins: glass, paper, plastic, compost, and general waste. This makes recycling easy. Where possible, reduce waste. For example, once you’ve finished with a document, use this paper to take notes, before throwing it away.

Choose Renewable Power

There are a variety of green energy providers that source their power from renewable generators. If you feel that making this move is too drastic for your company, try to conserve as much energy as you possibly can, on your current tariff.

This means turning off lights in any rooms that are not in use, turning down the thermostat in winter (layer up the jumpers!), and making sure that all electronic equipment is switched off. Stand-by is your enemy.

Get The Employees On Board

Within most companies, there is someone who is passionate about environmental issues. Team up with this individual and together, get the office motivated about being green.

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Stay Online

If you can share documents online, you don’t need to print off hard copies. Unless the document is important for the filing system, just share information through email. Don’t be printer happy!

Tap It

Bottled water is an unnecessary luxury that’s expensive and terrible for the environment – it creates 1.5 million tonnes of plastic waste every year (that uses 47 million gallons of oil to produce). A lot of plastic refuse ends up washed into our seas and rivers, harming marine life across the world. Many creatures, from birds to dolphins, are found dead with bodies full of plastic detritus.

Drink tap water out of glasses instead or set up a H2O filter for anyone with delicate taste buds. A water cooler could be a good investment, if you’re faced with an in-office staff mutiny over the matter, but ban plastic cups, in this event.

Greenwash

Introduce vegetation into the office. Make it a fun, team-bonding activity to pot up plants and keep them on everyone’s desks. Ask each employee to look after their own plant and help keep the air clean in the office. Plus, yay for biodiversity!

eco friendly officeReplace Inefficient Equipment

If your lightbulbs aren’t eco-friendly and power-saving, not only are you damaging the environment, but you’re costing yourself a lot of money. Check out all your electrical equipment and see if it is energy efficient. Old models won’t be eco-friendly, so it’s wise to replace what you can to make huge energy savings.

Kitchen

A company runs on its caffeine. Swap your standard coffee and tea for fair-trade or organic (or both) brands. This means that you’re supporting fair wages for workers in other countries and you’re saying no to eco-system-killing pesticides.

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