Want your office to be more eco-friendly? There are many ways for businesses to adopt eco-friendly policies. But for going green to work, everyone in the workplace has to work together.
An eco-friendly workplace has a lot of benefits. In fact, it might be one of the best decisions businesses can make. Here are 9 ways staff can contribute to going green in the office.
Make sure that any cleaning products used in your office are biodegradable and eco-friendly. Most green cleaning products are made using sustainable manufacturing practices. Often, they also feature naturally-derived ingredients that are safe and non-toxic for both people and the environment.
Eco-friendly products are often just as effective as conventional cleaners at eliminating harmful substances and odours from your office. They will also protect the health of your staff.
On the other hand, conventional cleaning products contain toxic ingredients. To add insult to injury, these toxic ingredients also often come from non-renewable resources, such as petroleum. In short, most conventional cleaning products are terrible for both the environment and your health.Starting a Green Team can help raise environmental awareness in your office. It can also help make sure things get done. After all, employees engaging one another can be much more effective than memos from management. Indeed, having your own office Green Team can help make sure everyone feels involved.
Your Green Team should be in charge of starting green projects for the office. Here are some ideas:
Your Green Team can also create monthly green challenges for your office. For example, they can challenge everyone to go without plastic eating utensils for a month. At the end of the month, a reward will be given to those who complete the challenge. These challenges can be a fun way to encourage your staff to go green. They also help foster healthy competition and team bonding.Instead of spending money to keep the lights on, why not embrace the natural lighting available in your office? It’s better for the environment, your wallet, and your employees’ productivity! In fact, according to the World Green Building Council, employees who work near natural light have a 15% higher production rate.
In areas where natural lighting is scarce, you can opt for LED lights, or other energy saving units.
This is because many electronics consume electricity even when they are not in use. This is referred to as “Standby Power”. So advise staff to unplug any computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers and other devices before they leave the office.Most modern electronics have power-saving features. Enabling these features not only saves power, but it also reduces your carbon emissions.
In addition to enabling power-saving features, there are also other small changes you can make to reduce energy use. For example, you can set your monitor to power off, instead of using a screensaver. You can also make sure that lights are switched off when rooms are not in use. These small changes can make a huge difference to your office’s carbon footprint.The less paper you use, the better. Go paperless. Print fewer documents.
Make use of technology to reduce some of your paperwork burden. This not only reduces your office’s carbon footprint, it also helps improve business efficiency. Here are a few ideas:
If you can’t go completely paperless, make sure to use recycled paper and envelopes.
Get a plant for your desk, and encourage your staff to do the same. The more plants you can bring to the office, the better! Plants can help improve air quality by scrubbing out carbon dioxide, and other chemicals in the air. They also improve the mood. Indeed, a greener office is more comfortable and inviting for everyone.Food delivery and takeaway often lead to a pile of packaging waste in your office’s rubbish bins. Instead, encourage staff to bring lunch from home in reusable containers. Not only is this better for the environment, it also tends to be healthier. Staff can also bring their favourite mugs and refillable water bottles to eliminate the use of bottled water and paper cups.An eco-friendly workplace has a lot of benefits. In fact, it might be one of the best decisions a business can make. Thankfully, a greener office is an easily achievable goal. There are many ways we can each contribute to a greener work environment.
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