fight to save the environment, there is still much left to do. You might not realise it, but your office gives a lot of opportunity to go green. There are some simple changes you can make, from switching supplies, to using re-usable mugs. Follow this guide to become an eco-friendly haven!
Offices use an astronomical amount of paper, but there are plenty of ways to use less:
- First of all, use recycled paper, which is widely available from most reputable office suppliers. In addition, make sure you only print things when it’s absolutely necessary.
- In today’s digital world everything can be done online, so promote the use of email.
- If you do need to print something only print one copy and share it, rather than printing a copy for each member of the office.
- Another way to make your printer green is to use its eco-mode, and ensure to print on both sides of paper.
- If you take payments, train your staff to ask customers if they would like a receipt, instead of habitually giving one out with every transaction.
- As an alternative to printing off meeting agendas, or if you need to get information to lots of people, use a whiteboard or projector.
In today’s world, we’re used to reusing almost everything, cups, cutlery, plates, water bottles, the list goes on. But in an office it really doesn’t need to be this way. By providing mugs, cups, plates, cutlery, and other kitchen supplies, you’ll cut down on plastic and paper in no time! Just made sure you use eco-friendly washing up liquid, or put the dishwasher on eco-mode.
The most simple and straightforward thing you can do to go green is recycle, which you should already be doing at home, but what about at work? Offices create astounding amounts of waste, in fact, the average UK office worker uses up to 45 pieces of paper a day! Recycling is easy to implement, all you need to do is create a recycling station in a communal area of the office. Provide separate bins for cans, plastic, and paper, and encourage people to use them with appropriate signs. In addition, give each individual room a separate bin for recyclable waste.
It might seem more time consuming, but by making these simple alterations, we will come much closer to reversing some of the damage that humans have already done.