You’ve probably noticed that green is everywhere these days. In the news, technology and even fashion. It’s basically everywhere. And as a result of that, you have to follow the trend. There are a lot of products and services out there, therefore differentiating yourself from competitors is a must.
It doesn’t just stop at only going green at home, you can do it at the office too. It might seem a bit difficult at first, but it’s a simple and easy process that’ll help make a change. Embracing a greener way of thinking doesn’t need to be complicated. Believe it or not, everything nowadays has an impact on the planet. And every little thing you can do to keep us a little longer on earth, you should do. As a human, you have the power to decide whether or not you want to do it.
It’s the simple stuff that can have an impact on the environment – from copiers, printing paper and computers. Going green at your office won’t just be beneficial for you, but will also affect your co-workers and the wider community. The big decision often come from head offices but employees themselves have a lot more control over the greening of their office space.
Here are seven simple ways on how you can go green at the office and influence the environment in a positive way.
Use digital electronics
Whenever there are meetings or workshops, the agenda normally gets printed out for everyone. Is that really necessary? Make use of the new technology available and share whatever needs to be printed via email. In the case of an agenda, you can print a big one and place it where it’s visible for everyone to see. Employee guides, manuals and any other related documents can be posted online or founded in the drive rather than printing it individually.
Install solar panels
Firstly, you’ll have to get an engineer to come and inspect your office space to check whether it’s safe to install solar panels. This can be a bit expensive, but it’s a good investment to make. It’ll save you a lot of money in the near future. Check out how a video wall controller works and whether you can save energy by connecting it to solar energy. This energy is renewable, which means you’ll never run out of it.
Bring your own lunch
This might sound stupid at first and that there’s no way it can help you go green. However, bringing lunch to work in reusable containers is more sustainable for the environment. It also cuts down on the enormous amount of waste and packaging that you get from fast-food restaurants daily. If you decide to buy lunch, then do it as a group – that’ll minimise the rubbish. And if the shop is within walking distance, why not take a walk or get a bicycle rather than letting them deliver it to you?
Are you switching on your coffee machine, computer and printer in the morning but not switching it off until you leave for home at the end of the day? Such machines will normally go on to standby when not in use but will still use power. If you want to save energy, switch all the necessary machines off when they’re not in use. Computers can be set to sleep mode if they’re not being used. You can even unplug them from the main switches when you leave in the evening.
This is something that every office uses. And if you make a minor mistake on one of them, you’ll just replace it with a new one. That’s unfortunately not the way to go. All of that paper you made mistakes on can be reused to make a notepad or can be used as scrap paper. If you print, print on both sides. You can even buy chlorine-free paper, which can be recycled when you’re done with it. Saving paper is one of the biggest issues, if you put your mind to it, you’ll be able to master it.
There are a lot of reasons why you need to recycle, with the important one being saving energy. If you recycle, manufacturers don’t have to produce something new from raw natural resources. By doing this and buying recycled products there’ll be a greater demand for more recycled goods. Products made from recycled materials use less water, create less pollution and use less energy.
Bring green in your office
This is something every employee must do. A plant on your desk won’t do any harm as it has loads of health and wellness benefits. Plants make you feel calm, relaxed and reduce stress levels. It’ll also boost your green lifestyle. So it’s a win-win combination.
There are a lot of ideas that you can use to make your business greener. Start small as every bit counts. Encourage all employees to do it. Going green at your office won’t just impact the environment, but it’ll also save you some money.