With the World Environment Day approaching, on June 5th, and our impact on the environment increasingly concerning, it is important to adopt more sustainable practices, in particular in the office space.
A greener approach to small things can really make the difference, but also help us save money and raise awareness.
Here are 6 tips to make your office a more sustainable and eco-friendlier place (with a very little effort):
1) Go Paperless
Try to limit unnecessary printing: in the digital office printing is no longer a real necessity. You can set up cloud storage for file sharing and set photocopiers and printers to default to single copies and print double-sided.
Then, when you really need to print, you could use 100% recycled paper and opt-in for eco-conscious ink cartridges, but also opt for eco-friendly printing services, social enterprise or not.
Here are some examples:
2) Give up the Plastic
Swap out your single-use plastic cups or water bottles and instead bring with you a reusable water bottle. You could also consider ordering branded company water bottles so that the entire office can join in!
You can have a look at Give Me Tap, a social enterprise who produce reusable BPA-free water bottles that funds water projects in Africa. For every bottle sold, Give Me Tap donate directly to their NGO partners in Africa to install pumps in rural communities.
3) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
You can re-use printed paper as well to take notes and throw the excesses in the specific bins dedicated to paper and cardboard.
If you are a customer of one of CAN Mezzanine’s buildings you can find labelled bins in the kitchens, and the bins for paper along the corridors and in the post rooms.
When it comes to plastic, it can be confusing. Have a look at this guide on what is possible to recycle and how.
Food waste can be considered for recycling as well. Many charities collect food leftovers, for example from the events organised in CAN Mezzanine.
When you have an event and some leftovers you can contact one of them, for example:
4) Try Eco-Friendly Office Snacks
Support sustainably produced snack, coffee and tea companies by providing them for your office. Choose companies that are local to your area to further reduce your carbon footprint.
You’ll not only help the environment but could also improve the health of your employees and colleagues!
You can find two examples of sustainable snacks brand here:
5) Switch it off!
Reducing energy consumption not only saves money but improves working conditions which can increase staff productivity:
- Remember to turn off all computers, printers/copiers, and other electronics that do not need to be left on at the end of the day. Computers can be set to energy efficient settings with monitors set to shut off periods of no use: activating “sleep mode” on just one computer can prevent 136 kg of CO2 emissions per year.
- Upgrade existing equipment. Technology advances daily. New equipment with better energy efficiency ratings can lead to big savings.
Here it is possible to find free energy-saving guides, and download employee engagement materials, posters and stickers.
6) Create a Green Committee
Create a team to help guide all the office into more sustainable and eco-friendly choices. This will help educate people but also to encourage collaboration and interaction between colleagues.
The committee can help encourage staff to save energy with posters and stickers to raise awareness of energy saving in the workplace and find out which areas of energy use to target in your organisation with carbon saving advice specific to your business sector.
Sustainability is not an overnight process, but so many little steps can be made day by day, towards a greener approach that will benefit employer’s wellbeing, help to save money and, in the long run, benefit the planet.
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