More businesses than are ever are prioritizing sustainability. Not only are they reducing their environmental impact, but they are also improving their bottom line at the same time. Here are some tips that offices can use to make their office more sustainable.
- Choose Eco-Friendly Cleaning Practices
Many businesses are turning to green, eco-friendly cleaning practices. They’re cheaper, much better for health and, of course, environmentally friendly. Opt for green cleaners instead of chemical-heavy ones. Commercial-based, chemical-free cleaners are just as effective, if not more so. Offices can also opt for compostable vacuum bags, stopping thousands of vacuum bags from ending up unnecessarily in landfills. Here’s a more in-depth look at eco-friendly cleaning practices that offices can use.
- Focus on Office Supplies
Replace disposable pens with reusable ones. Opt for remanufactured link and toner cartridges. Reduce unnecessary printing. Offices can start by designating a box to papers that have only been used on one side and then reusing those papers again. There is also software available on the market that helps eliminate wasteful printing. Offices should also go digital wherever possible. For example, replace paper notes at meetings with digital alternatives. Of course, offices can’t get by without using paper at all, which is why they should invest in recycled paper instead.
- Use Light Effectively
First, make use of any natural light. Consider moving cubicles and desks near windows. Replace all necessary light fixtures with LEDs and incorporate timers wherever possible. Ensure that lights are turned off at the end of the day (and whoever forgets has to contribute to the “green jar,” the contents of which get donated or used for team lunches).
- Power Savings
Install a smart power strip at every workstation so that electricity is not wasted when electronics are not in use. Also get rid of screen savers—set computers to power off instead).
- Choose Portable Air Conditioners
Replace central air with portable air conditioners. After all, central air spends a lot of time cooling unnecessary rooms.
- Monthly Green Challenges
A fun way to get all employees on board with your sustainability goals is to do monthly green challenges. This not only serves to raise awareness of important issues, but also brings your employees together (thereby boosting morale), all the while moving toward your goals. Some examples include replacing plastic utensils with washable ones and then rewarding those who stuck to the challenge at the end of the month.
- Buy Second Hand
If possible, consider buying second hand. You will reduce unnecessary by-product waste in the making of new items.
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