Thursday, March 09, 2017  10:52 AM | By: Hayley Morphis
How to Go Green at Work & in the Office

How Can My Workplace Become More Environmentally Friendly?

It’s important to protect the environment, and there are many things that we can do in our day-to-day lives to be more environmentally friendly. While most of us consider our personal impact, we seldom take into account the steps that we can be taking in our workspace to reduce our carbon footprint. It’s fairly easy to make several small changes that, when combined, make a big difference. Take a look at these simple tips on how to go green at work and in the office for things you can be doing in your workplace right now to make your company more environmentally friendly.

Recycle

Recycling symbol

Reduce, reuse, repair, rethink and recycle. Before throwing anything out, make sure you contemplate these five words. Can you reuse the item at a later date? Can it be repaired or used for another purpose? There are many ways to repurpose items you already have. Many non-profit organizations and charities accept corporate donations. Nearly anything can be donated, from appliances, filing cabinets, and furniture to office supplies, ink cartridges and more. If your items are not suitable as donations, you can still recycle them. For large items, a simple Google search will generate all of the recycling centers near you. For everyday items like paper and plastic, most cities and counties have recycling pick-ups available to those who request it.

Go Digital

Be green by signing electronically

Gone are the days of needing paper for every last business task. With the technology takeover has come a new digital age where most businesses can operate virtually paper-free. Really consider whether each print job needs to be a physical copy or if you can simply save a digital version. Also, look into paid online document signing services such as DocuSign or free versions like E-Sign for all of your contract needs. If you really can’t avoid printing and mailing, be sure you are using environmentally friendly paper and send them with sustainable envelopes. Today, you can choose from many alternative sustainable materials such as cotton, bamboo and others, or at the very least, you can choose chemical free papers made with high amounts of post-consumer recycled content.

Let There Be Light

Bring natural light in

You can instantly lower your utility bills and help the environment by simply encouraging more natural light throughout your workspace. The more natural light your workers have, the less they will need to rely on artificial lamps and overhead lighting. By using environmentally friendly bulbs and installing motion sensors, you can further increase your energy savings. By decreasing your company’s use of these energy draining lighting devices, you will be able to decrease your carbon footprint in a big way.

Clean Green

Use green cleaning supplies

There is a plethora of green cleaning products available on the market today. While many people still stick by their chemical-laden cleaning products, it simply doesn’t have to be that way. Environmentally friendly cleaning products go a long way towards helping to preserve nature. Better still, using green cleaning products is also a great way to keep employees healthy, which can both decrease absenteeism and increase productivity.

Keep It Casual

Woman sipping coffee

If you are able to, institute a casual or semi-casual dress policy. If employees are able to wear more relaxed and casual clothing, they are more apt to not need an entire new wardrobe for the workplace. Additionally, more casual clothing items will, more than likely, not require dry cleaning, which can further lessen your company’s overall environmental impact.

While there are many additional things you can do to become a more environmentally friendly workplace, these tips on how to go green at work and in the office will give you a great start.

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