Ten quick tips on how you can help the environment while at work.
27th April 2010
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1) Turn off your monitor(s) and office televisions before you leave at night: In a recent UK survey it was estimated that if the 17 million workers in the UK who regularly use a computer turned it off at night, it would be the equivalent of removing 245,000 cars from the road – approximately one per cent of all UK vehicles, or 77 per cent of all traffic entering the congestion zone in London.

2) Turn off all workstation, office and meeting room lighting when not in use: Turning off lights is simple - breaking old habits is the challenge.

3) Choose tap water: Why spend a huge premium to buy bottled drinking water, with the associated cost to the environment of bottling and transportation when Jersey tap water is of drinking water quality and clean and reliable? Also with bottled water there is the issue of the disposal of yet another plastic bottle.
4) Buy recycled paper: If you are able to influence the source of the paper used in your office why not  convert to using FSC-certified or 100% recycled content. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper is paper that has been independently certified to ensure that it comes from forests that are managed to high social, economic and ecological standards (see http://www.fsc.org/).

5) Print double sided:  If you must print it, use both sides of the paper.  Not only does this save trees and lower office supply costs, but printing double-sided means you’ll only need half as much filing space to store the documents.

6) Avoid printing in colour where possible:  When compared to black and white printing, colour printing requires a greater volume of toner and more energy for every sheet printed.  As a result, colour printing costs approximately 15 times as much as printing in black and white.

7) Use ceramic mugs for coffee and tea, rather than disposable cups: If your workplace has kitchen facilities or uses a drinks dispenser that facilitates this make a point of using ceramic coffee mugs for coffee or tea, rather than disposable paper, plastic or Styrofoam cups. Think of how many disposable cups are used once and thrown away in Jersey in a average day.

8) Recycle newspapers and cans and glass: If your workplace already has arrangements that allow staff to recycle such items make use of this facility. If not why not suggest that such facilities are made available for staff to use.

9) Use video, web and tele-conferencing where available: Many offices now have facilities to enable the use of web and tele-conferencing capabilities to reduce the need for off island air travel.  I am sure that many island business travellers effected by the recent flight disruptions caused by the volcanic ash wished they could have dealt with their meeting by tele- conference rather than needing to fly. 

10) Use the bus, car share or cycle into work: This will help reduce your carbon footprint and if you cycle be good for your health. With the ever increasing cost petrol and parking it would also have positive impact on your bank account.


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