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10 Steps to Being Green at Work
Here at Global Office Supplies, we pride ourselves on being the UK’s premier Eco-Friendly Office Supplies company.
So, to help you turn your office into the sustainable workplace of our dreams, we’ve come up with some top tips to help you on your way…
1. Use electricity wisely
Turn off all computers, printers, photocopiers, and other equipment that doesn’t need to be left on at the end of the day and leave them off until you need to use them again. Check that all computers/monitors are set to their most energy efficient settings (e.g., monitor set to shut off after 15 minutes of no use). When leaving a room for more than a few minutes, switch off the lights. Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Take advantage of natural sunlight as much as possible.
2. Reduce, reuse, recycle
“Reduce, reuse, recycle” means more than just throwing old notepaper in the paper bin (though you needn’t stop doing that). Really think about everything you use. Do you need disposable cups at the water station? Can you use the other side of the used sheets of paper you’ve thrown in the recycle bin? We can add another R – Refuse. Simply put: Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. And, when you do make a purchase, bring your own bags.
3. Use environmentally friendly office products (our personal favourite 🙂)
You can start small – 100% recycled paper, refillable ink cartridges, non-toxic highlighters, etc.
4. Use non-toxic cleaning products.
There are many brands available nowadays, such as Nature Clean, Norwex, Method, Ecover, Orange TKO, and Pink Solution. Encourage your cleaning company to use green cleaning products and if they won’t, switch to one of the many companies that now do use environmentally friendly products.
5. Make eco-friendly food choices
Encourage use of the 100-mile diet: local first; organic for high consumption foods. When ordering lunch for an office meeting, how about going vegetarian (or even vegan, if you dare)? Cutting down on meat can have a huge impact on the health of the planet. (See The Food Revolution and EarthSave for statistics and information.)
6. Telecommuting (Could be one of your favourites 🙂)
Encourage working from home, particularly for workers who would normally drive to work. This cuts down on pollution and increases time availability.
For those who do come to the office on a regular basis, encourage (and help arrange) carpooling, use of public transport, biking, or walking.
8. Use Recycled Paper
Use only 100% recycled content paper products in the office and when getting promotional material professionally produced.
9. Institute a casual dress code
Not having to wear suits in hot summer months can help keep cooling costs down (and make for a happier workplace).
10. Fair trade & organic
Buy fair trade, organic coffee and teas for the office. If employees prefer to go out for their hot beverages, encourage them to take their own mugs. Most coffee shops offer a small discount to patrons who do so. More importantly is the reduction in waste from not having to throw out paper or Styrofoam cups.
Hopefully we’ve inspired you to think about how you operate within your office. Please get in touch with us to see how we can help you be Green at Work with our range of recycled and eco-friendly products:
0845 519 1556