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9 Ways to Make Your Office More Eco Friendly

9 Ways to Make Your Office More Eco Friendly

1. Turn off the A/C or heater when no one is in the office (easiest way to be eco friendly)

Your office is likely among your biggest energy hogs. Heating and cooling systems are one of the biggest uses of energy in an office building, which means it’s also where you can save the most energy. Setting your thermostat a little warmer or cooler than you’re used to can lower your heating and cooling bills by a significant amount.
Keep in mind that every degree you raise or lower your thermostat can cut your bill by up to 2%, with larger impacts on older buildings compared to newer ones.

You may not be able to make big changes when it comes to choosing the temperature for everyone in the office, but making sure there’s no heat or A/C running when no one is there can help reduce costs and save energy significantly over time. Make sure all thermostats are turned off when nobody is in the building, especially if you run an after-hours business that doesn’t require employees to be in the office overnight.

2. Buy eco friendly office supplies

When purchasing office supplies, opt for recycled paper and other recycled office products. A few items to consider replacing:

  • Plastic pens with Plencils Plantable Pens
  • Wooden Pencils with Plencils Eco Friendly Pencils
  • Paper Notepads with Plencils Recycled Paper’s Plantable Notepads

3. Create a recycling station

If you really want to encourage eco friendly behaviour at the office, set up a recycling station. This can be placed in your kitchen or as an entire area on its own, but it should ideally be centrally located and visible.
At a minimum, your recycling station should contain two separate bins: one for paper and cardboard, the other for plastic and glass bottles. For each bin, mark it with a sign so people know what to place in them, such as “Paper” or “Plastic & Glass.” You may also need to instruct employees on what not to recycle—such as oil-based paint cans, polystyrene foam plastic cups, metal hangers and light bulbs—for example by posting signs saying “Not Recyclable Here” around these items.
Also, post any waste management guidelines provided by your local authority or waste disposal company so that employees feel good about disposing of their trash properly.
If you want to go even further with making recycling easy at the office, consider purchasing some decorative receptacles that fit into the look of your offices and add labels identifying exactly what they are meant for (e.g., newspaper). You might also want to provide multiple bins alongside desks so that everyone has easy access to convenient recycling areas at all times.

4. Go paperless

Going paperless is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and save money at the same time. Plus, you can feel good about helping the environment.
The first step to going paperless is to get everyone on board with your new plan. Explain why it’s important, and how it will affect how you do business.
Next, move towards digital storage of documents using collaborative software like Cove Identity. This will make it easier for everyone in the office to access the documents they need without being wasteful.
Finally (and maybe most importantly), make sure that everyone knows where to find everything online by implementing an intranet system like these!

5. Encourage the employees to go green in their personal lives too

Encourage your co-workers to go green in their personal lives too!
It is important that you encourage the employees to live an eco friendly lifestyle at home as well as in the office. This will make them more aware of the choices they are making and also make them more motivated to make more eco friendly choices. It will strengthen their sense of belonging and love for the company.

It is said that happy people work harder and contribute a lot more to a company’s growth than unhappy workers do. It is easy for an individual to be overwhelmed by all the things he must do – which might range from using energy-saving light bulbs, using energy-efficient appliances, recycling waste, reducing food wastage etc. You should educate them about how they can save energy and reduce wastage at home without having to invest too much time or money in it.

Buy recycled products

6. Buy recycled products

You can also purchase recycled products. These include:

  • Recycled pens, pencils, and notebooks.
  • Recycled plastic desk accessories.
  • Recycled glass (for example, mason jars as drinking glasses).
  • Recycled printer cartridges.
  • Reusable office supplies (for example, cloth napkins instead of paper towels.)
  • Recycled canvas bags to give out to clients or for employees to use as lunch bags.

There are also many recycled furniture options available for companies looking for new office furniture that is both stylish and environmentally friendly

7. Go mobile with work

Now that you know the ins and outs of how to make your office more eco friendly, it’s time to decide on which actionable steps you want to take. With the help of technology, there are many ways you can cut down your company’s carbon footprint.
From replacing old printers and copiers with more eco friendly models to creating green committees within your office, it’s easy for companies to be more eco friendly. A few simple steps can go a long way towards saving energy, reducing waste, and making money in the process!

8. Use solar energy

Solar energy is a great way to power your office. It’s renewable, clean, and good for the environment. Solar energy is also good for you and your employees. You may be able to enjoy tax incentives that reduce your costs. And you can make your employees even happier when they see that their employer cares about the environment.

9. Get rid of trash cans and move to a “zero waste” system

It’s hard for most people to imagine a world without garbage cans, but it is possible to live a life that produces no garbage. Also known as a “zero waste” lifestyle, this movement is not just an environmental one; it also goes hand-in-hand with living frugally and simply. With the right tools and mindset, anyone can implement a zero-waste system at their home or office.
The first thing to do when you’re going zero waste is to start with the smallest trashcan you can find and put it in the farthest part of your space. One of the main zero waste principles is keeping out of sight what you want out of mind! After all, if your trash isn’t front and centre, you’ll be less inclined to throw things away so easily.
To replace your old trashcan, stock up on reusable items like silverware and cups for everyone in your office (or for yourself). You may be surprised at how quickly your coworkers become accustomed to using these reusable items instead of paper plates or plastic forks!

Get rid of trash cans and move to a "zero waste" system

By making your office more eco friendly, you are helping the Earth and making your employees happier

Whether you’re an office manager looking to make some changes or a concerned employee wanting to see your place of work become more sustainable, it’

s good to know that going green is not only good for the Earth; it’s also good for business. Studies have shown that employees who feel like their companies are doing something socially responsible and ethical are happier and more likely to stay with their company.

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