For more and more businesses, it’s becoming extremely important to reduce the environmental impact of running an office – from reducing waste to increasing recycling, raising awareness and ensuring that green habits are introduced.
Read on for just a few ideas and tips to help make your office better for the environment – and to help your employees implement them into their working habits every day.
10 ideas to make your office environmentally friendly
1. Simplify the way you recycle your waste
While many businesses already have processes in place for recycling paper materials, often these systems are less than ideal; making them extra work for everyone involved. Working with an external recycling company that offers in-house bins is just one solution to make recycling paper effortless.
2. Switch out your light bulbs
Not only do fluorescent lights use more electricity, but they can also actually have an adverse effect on staff as a whole – from migraines to tiredness over time. Opt for energy-efficient and more suitable alternatives such as LEDs, and you’ll have happier staff and a greener office in no time.
3. Ditch the plastic
Are you using disposable cups for water coolers or coffee machines? Switch out that plastic for biodegradable materials, such as products made for bamboo, to instantly reduce that environmental footprint and set better standards for plastic use.
4. Introduce walking or cycling schemes
Is your office in an easy to reach location? Offering benefits for staff that walk or cycle can be the perfect method to reduce car use in and around your business, as well as improving the health and wellbeing of your employees.
5. Choose more envrionmentally-friendly food
When it comes to catering for staff or guests, it might be convenient to offer plastic-wrapped sandwiches and imported fruit, but choosing to work with an environmentally friendly catering company can ensure you’re green at all times – and will be sure to impress your guests.
6. Compost your food waste
From coffee grounds to food leftovers, instead of putting any food materials in the bin, choose a composting service to handle that waste and turn it into something worthwhile – or even opt for your own in-house composting, if you have the outdoor space available to you.
7. Think electric for all your power
From company vehicles to backup generators, there are many ways your business can improve their eco-friendliness by choosing electricity over fossil fuels. Consider upgrading to electric cars for your fleet and switching to more eco-friendly options for your business’s electricity supply.
8. Go solar
Own your office property, and have plenty of roof space? Consider choosing solar panels as an added boost to your green solutions, reducing your electricity bill and decreasing your impact on the environment as a whole. For properties that own large amounts of land, moveable solar panels could also be a perfect choice.
9. Make your business paperless
Still using paper for anything from sign-offs to staff handbooks? Ditch the physical copies, and opt for digital. Making your office paperless can be as easy as switching that pen and paper for a laptop or tablet, and you’ll soon find your environmental footprint reducing.
10. Choose reusable goods
From takeaway boxes to water bottles, lots of waste can be produced in a single day that could be prevented with reusable products. Provide your staff with reusable coffee cups and ban coffee pods, water bottles or containers to reduce single-use waste, and stop that cafeteria bin from overflowing every day.
From simply reducing the amount of paper you use to introducing healthy living schemes, there are many ways to make your office more green. All it takes is a little creativity, and a bit of change, and you’ll soon be on your way to a more eco-friendly workplace.
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