As we’ve become more and more aware of the extent to which human activity can harm Earth’s fragile ecosystems, it seems everyone has been pitching in to make a positive difference and preserve the natural environment for the future. Whether it’s recycling plastic bags or using reclaimed graywater to irrigate lawns, there are all sorts of simple ways for people to make their lives a little greener. Today we’ll look at a few steps you can take to make your office as environmentally friendly as possible.
Resist the Urge to Print
These days, printing documents is often unnecessary and redundant. As long as you’re careful to keep digital files well-organized and backed up, there’s generally no reason to make hard copies. If you do have to print something, be sure to print on both sides of the page to save paper.
Change Computer Power Settings
Leaving an office full of computers running overnight is a huge waste of energy. Configure the computers in your office to shut off automatically after hours, and go to sleep if they’re not being used during the day. Not only will this benefit the environment, it will save you money on your energy bills as well!
Use Supplies Made From Recycled Material
You can find a variety of office supplies including paper, pencils, boxes and even carpets that are made from recycled materials. Try to use these products whenever possible. Once they’ve outlived their usefulness you can recycle them again!
Purchase Reusable Items
Ditch the plastic utensils in the breakroom and replace them with the real deal. Encourage employees to use their own mugs and thermoses instead of Styrofoam cups. Take a look around your office and try to eliminate the use of disposable products wherever possible.
Replace Old Lightbulbs
If you’ve still got a few stray incandescent bulbs in the light fixtures in your office, now is a great time to replace them. LED lightbulbs have become far more affordable in recent years, and they’ll save you even more money on your electric bill. Plus, they last for years so you won’t have to worry about replacing them again anytime soon.