Going green is a great way for businesses of all sizes to reduce their carbon footprint and make the world a better place, while saving money and increasing productivity
Small changes like switching to LED lighting or reducing paper waste can have a big impact on your business’s sustainability. Here are some obvious and not so obvious tips.
Reduce Paper Waste
One of the most effective ways to go green in the office is by reducing paper waste. This means minimising printing when possible and using electronic documents instead of physical ones whenever it makes sense. Review documents digitally before printing them out, as well as using both sides of paper when printing is necessary.
In the kitchen
If using a coffee machine make sure you recycle the pods. Globally coffee pods make up approximately 576,000 metric tons of waste. Companies are making it easier to do so why wouldn’t you do this simple task.
Switch To Reusable Containers
Another great way to go green in the office is by switching from disposable containers such as plastic cups and water bottles, to reusable ones. Encourage employees to bring their own reusables from home or invest in company-wide sets of durable mugs and containers that everyone can use. This will help cut down on plastic waste significantly over time, while also saving money on disposable items each month.
Take Advantage Of Natural Light
Take advantage of natural light instead of relying solely on artificial lighting sources such as fluorescent bulbs or LED lights. Natural light helps create brighter spaces that are more inviting and energising for employees, while also having a positive environmental impact. Make sure windows are uncovered during work hours so that natural light floods into the space during daylight hours - this will also help reduce energy costs associated with having lights on all day long!
Eating meals on the go or outside of our homes leads to waste but you can make your meals more eco-friendly, and it can start with lunch! Choose meat free and sustainable options. Choose local suppliers for in house client and team meetings this will help to reduce your carbon footprint.
Beyond the office look at greener travel options. Cycle to work or use public transport. Check the sustainability ranking of individual airlines to see what they are doing to become more environmentally friendly, such as investing in sustainable aviation fuel. Give your staff the opportunity to use more sustainable companies that have proven data to back up what they are saying.
Going green doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Small changes can make a huge difference when it comes to sustainability in any workplace. Start going green today!