1. Eco-Friendly Office Supplies
Millions of plastic, disposable pens are thrown out on a daily basis. Seeing as plastic is one of the most harmful materials to the Earth, the best option would be to either source eco-friendly pens (which might be a bit more expensive, but worth it in the end) or refill pens, thus reducing plastic waste.
2. Saving Power
It’s always wise to be conscious of how much power is consumed by machines in the office, even when they’re switched off. Known as ‘phantom power’, the majority of office power is consumed by machines plugged into live outlets. At the end of the day, be sure to switch the power off at the wall. Encouraging your office to go solar is also a huge advantage in the eco-friendly world. Solar Panels derive clean, pure energy from the sun which helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel. If that hasn’t sold you already, it’s also cheaper!
3. Go Digital
Be conscious of how much paper your office uses. For example, email meeting agendas to each member instead of printing out numerous copies. If you really can’t escape using paper, print on both sides and use misprints as notepaper. When buying paper for your printer, buy recycled paper only.
5. Lunch Time
Bring reusable containers to work. If you order takeout, be sure to save the plastic containers and don’t just throw them away. Perhaps there’s a cupboard at work where you could store your plastic takeout containers to be reused at a later stage.
Some striking statistics that prove just how much change even the smallest of actions can make:
- Producing recycled paper compared to virgin paper saves 55% water and also takes 60-70% less energy to produce.
- If every UK office worker used one less staple a day, we’d save 120 tons of steel.
- If every commuter car in the US carried just one more passenger, they would save 8 billion gallons of gas.
Continuing on the theme from our last blog post, we have made a list of some of the coolest eco-friendly offices in the world: