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How to Make Your Office More Environmentally Friendly
Are you looking to be a little more environmentally friendly in your office? We can all do our part to help the planet and just a few small changes made every day in your working life can have a huge overall impact! Below you can find lots of ways in which you can implement these simple changes.
Ditch Your Car
Every year, commuters spend hours upon hours stuck in busy rush hour traffic. Not only does this add up to an incredible amount of gas wasted, it also costs you more money and, even more importantly, your time! There are many different ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint including walking, cycling and taking public transport. If none of these ideas really appeal to you, you can also try and set up a carpool in your work.
We’re all guilty of thinking we don’t have enough time to prepare ourselves a lunch for work and consequently end up at the local shops. However, this contributes to a huge amount of packaging waste that is produced daily! Not only will bringing in your own lunch help the environment, it is also more likely to help your wallet and your waistline. Make sure to keep the right utensils, bowls and plates to eat your lunch with in work for easy convenience.
Have you ever thought about having a paperless office? For many businesses, a lot of work is now conducted online and there is not much need for paper. If you do work in an office that uses a lot of paper, you can be more environmentally conscious by using two sides of the paper and buying chlorine-free paper. This type of paper should be made with a high percentage of postconsumer waste and you should, of course always remember to recycle afterwards!
You can also look into using a system to do this. For example, GoCanvas.com allows you to convert any paper forms in your office into a convenient mobile app, which would not only help reduce used paper, but will keep all of your data and forms organised.
Cut Down on Energy Bills
Another easy way in which you can make your office a little bit greener is to watch those energy bills! Small things such as turning your computer off at the end of the day or updating it to go into ‘sleep’ mode after a period of inactivity all adds up. This can save energy, help the planet, and save the company some money too!
There is an incredible amount of technology out there now which not only provide convenience, but also help the environment too. Instead of adding to your carbon footprint by travelling to meet other colleagues or clients, why not instead use a video call system such as Skype? This again will save you time and money too, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone!
Be sure to implement these small changes into your office workplace and get others on-board too to create an even bigger eco-friendly impact!
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