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.