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Eco Friendly Office Guide

Even those that are the most environmentally conscious, working in a busy office with several other people can make it somewhat difficult when it comes to implementing and keeping to eco-friendly morals. So many people do their own thing, electrical appliances always on and emails getting printed for no reason – it’s certainly not the way to behave if you’re looking out for planet Earth.

The Paper Cup Factory has been ever so kind and put together some guidelines to help convert our workplaces into eco-friendly workplaces.

Commuting To Work

Currently, in England and Wales there are around 27 million working people between the ages of 16 and 74 and a whopping 15 million of those drive to work, on their own! Per person the amount of CO2 produces mounts up. Depending on who you work for, many large companies already have a car scheme, but if not you should organise. Save the planet, but also you bank balance – find someone who lives near your or on route to and from work and see if you can organise car sharing. Alternatively, if you don’t live all that far from work, cycling or walking is an option. Not only will it save you money and the planet, it is good exercise. Taking it a step further, if your employer allows you to work from home, even if just one day per week this wipes out all your commuting emissions.

At the Office

A fairly obvious and straightforward one in the office is to turn off any computers, screens, printers, lights – anything that uses electricity, to help reduce the amount of energy being used. Make sure that lights are turned off when on the way out or have motion sensor lights so that they will never be on unnecessarily.

What about the air quality – plants on desks and throughout the office will help with any indoor pollution, increase oxygen and according to studies – create a happier working environment in the office.


This is a big soured of waste and also not just the use, the disposal and consequences of such. Any printers that are replaced – ensure they are duplex printers so that both side of the paper are getting used instead of using double the amount of paper. Want to do that little bit more for the environment, opt for chlorine free or recycled paper.

Make sure that everybody working in the office is recycling ink cartridge too – usually most office suppliers will provide a recycling method.


Recycling should be a must in all workplaces. If not, get this started asap and make sure your team is following the rules. If you are in a position of authority – you could set up incentives for recycling. You’ll definitely be helping the environment and it could also help build team cohesiveness and morale.

Considerations to Make When It Comes to Appliance Repair

From ovens, ice makers, double ovens, microwaves, cooktops, freezers, gas grills, garbage disposals, dishwashers, trash compactors, wash dryer combos, ovens, stoves or ranges, washers, refrigerators to washing machines any of them can crash when you least expect it. These appliances are at the heart of our modern life and comfortable living. Without them life would be something the modern busy individual might not be able to deal with. Cooking meals using charcoal or firewood, hand washing clothes or working without a vacuum cleaner is a foreign concept today.

An appliance that has stopped working is thus a major emergency in many households. The question whether it’s better and cheaper to replace or repair always comes up in such scenarios. Of course, every appliance out there hits a point of declining returns and fixing it makes a lot of sense than getting a new one.

When should you repair an appliance?

  • When the cost of the repairs doesn’t exceed half of the cost of buying a new appliance
  • Device is under a warranty
  • If the appliance hasn’t passed its average life cycle repairing makes sense
  • The device is a higher-end or antique difficult to find a replacement
  • The repairs required are minor and inexpensive and could extend device life for couple of years

Cost of appliance repairs

It’s not always easy to know the cost of repairing an appliance once it has broken down. The cost varies significantly, particularly due to the diversity of brand and types of repairs. Knowing the price range or getting a quote is always wise to allow you to prepare accordingly and ascertain whether you need to go with replacement or get it fixed.

When it comes to cost of fixing the device, it’ll mostly be based on the kind of appliance to be fixed and the severity or extent of the damage. Sometimes geographical location also matters. It’s paramount to let the technician diagnose the problem to provide the best estimate as much as possible.

Have basic technical information with you

Once an appliance has broken down and repairs are required it’s essential to have all the device’s technical specifications with you. This includes such details as the serial number, model and brand, among others. In case the product was registered on the internet the info can be conveniently accessed at the website of the manufacturer mostly under support and services. If not, the technical details will most likely be listed on the appliance as well as in the owner’s manual.

Repair technician guarantees

Apart from finding the right and best appliance repair service, it’s important to have some guarantees from the technician or repair company. This includes treating your home and those who live there with respect by arriving on time, providing clear and fair estimates and leaving the home as clean and neat as it originally was at arrival.

Always remember any device can be repaired effectively for a price. The cost will vary a lot but fixing the item can definitely be done. Appliances do not die only an internal section or part breaks down.