Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Guest Contributor1
Eight Eco-friendly Office Tips
Individually, we don’t do much damage our world and its environment but when everyone is careless with precious earth resources, the cumulative effect is massive.
It doesn’t take much effort to change and adopt the attitude that we should never throw away things we can still recycle. Here are eight quick and easy tips you can use today to make your office a more eco-friendly place.
Use a Shredder
Shredding documents that are no longer needed, that can then be used in other ways, is a great eco-habit to develop. How do you reuse shredded paper? If you have items you ship to customers you could use it as packaging. If you have employees with small pets, you could give it away as pet bedding.
Stop Buying Expensive Notebooks
Office staff make lots of notes to themselves which are then thrown away. Instead of going through dozens of jotters, reuse printed paper that has one clear side by cutting each A4 sheet in half then stapling sheets together in one corner.
Switch off lights in kitchens and bathrooms when they’re not in use. This will save on monthly utility bills and help reduce your carbon footprint. Post notices by light switches to remind everyone.
Think Before Printing
Do you really need to print that email, memo or set of instructions? If you can get away with leaving it on the screen, do so. Paper and ink are valuable resources, and printers use electricity.
Save on Postage by Emailing Where Possible
If you can reduce the number of letters sent by traditional mail you’ll not only reduce your stationery bill, you’ll shrink your carbon footprint by cutting down on transport costs.
Buy Office Supplies Locally
Another way to save on transport costs is to locally source as many of your office supplies as possible. Instead of having what you need shipped across the country, support your fellow local business owners by giving them your business.
Use Recycled Paper in the Office
If possible, get letterheads, compliment slips, envelopes and business cards printed on recycled paper. If you send out a lot of promotional material in the form of flyers or advertising posters, choose recycled paper for these too.
Encourage Employees to Leave Cars at Home
The daily commute to work is often a relatively short journey, but it burns valuable fuel and contributes to the air pollution that causes global warming. Making your office a more eco-friendly place doesn’t have to begin inside the door.
By adopting a more holistic attitude to environmental issues, we can all do our bit to help the environment and create a more pleasant world for everyone.
Photo from Shutterstock. This post was supported by Tesco, marketer of many green items, including recycling bins for the office.