The impact an organization has on the environment is becoming more and more important in today’s society. Consumers want to know that the products and services they buy don’t have a negative effect on the earth. That’s why more and more companies are taking steps to become green and more sustainable. Not only does this help with consumer relations, but it can help reduce costs, as well. Here are some tips that can help your office to be greener and more sustainable.
Turn off electronics when you’re done
Whether it’s lights in conference rooms or computers at the end of the day, turning off electronics not in use is a good way to save energy for your organization. This not only saves your company money in utility costs, but it is friendlier to the environment, as well. Setting a policy of turning off electronics is a simple, effective way to help make your office space more eco-friendly and reduce your company’s impact on the environment.
Implement a recycling program
Offices can use a lot of paper. Implementing a recycling program for non-sensitive documents will reduce the waste generated by your office by a lot. Put paper recycling bins next to printers and in central office locations and aluminum and plastic recycling in kitchens and break rooms. Encourage your staff to recycle everything they can to make your office greener and more sustainable.
Use eco-friendly supplies and materials
Whenever possible, use eco-friendly supplies and materials for your office. For example, recycled printer paper can be a small change that can make a significant impact. Encouraging your staff to bring reusable bottles and coffee cups to the office is another way your office can be more sustainable.
Bring some nature indoors
Spending all day in an office cuts people off from nature. Bringing plants into your office will brighten the space and pick up staff member’s moods. In addition, plants in the office will keep the air fresh naturally, which can improve the health and well-being of your staff.
Share information digitally
Finally, if you have information to share, such as a meeting agenda, share it digitally whenever possible. This will reduce the amount of unnecessary paper waste generated by the office. Sharing files digitally, whether you send them via email or make them available on a file sharing drive, will keep your staff from printing memos, agendas, and other information to share with coworkers.
Whether you are trying to save costs on printing or reduce your company’s carbon footprint, implementing eco-friendly measures is good for any office. By using these tips as a starting place, your office will be well on its way to being more sustainable.