Everybody knows about global warming and climate change and frankly, it can seem like a lot of hard work to reduce our growing carbon footprint. However,it's usually much more helpful bring things down to an individual level; there are things that we can all do to help our environment both in the workplace and in the home. Being eco-friendly doesn't have to be hard work and on the plus side, leaves you with a nice warm fuzzy feeling because you know your contribution counts!
Making sure your workplace is green not only benefits the environment- it’ll be a healthier and more productive place too. I’ve researched some top tips for saving energy in the workplace that are really easy to do.
1) SWITCH OFF anything that isn't needed right now- lights, computers, printers, scanners etc
2) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TECHNOLOGY – Isn’t it weird that in this day and age when computers are key, we still use loads of paper when we don't really need to? You can keep files on computers rather than in cabinets, send emails instead of letters and store documents on a memory stick for travelling and backing up your data.
3) USE RECYCLED PAPER – Try to print on both sides of the paper and use any misprinted pages to jot your notes on. If your company ships packages regularly it could be a good idea to use shredded paper as packing material.
4) TRAVEL GREEN – If you’re feeling energetic you could walk or cycle to work, saving fuel and giving yourself a boost. Or, if you like your creature comforts why not car share with a friend or colleague?
5) USE RECYCLED STATIONARY- Nowadays there are plenty of recycled stationary products out there and many of these use green methods to process and colour too! You can also recycle your ink cartridges and refillable ones are a good option for saving money.
6) MAKE YOUR SPACE GREEN- Use natural daylight where you can, it’s been proven to boost worker productivity and best of all, it’s completely free! The next best thing is to use low energy light bulbs and for furniture, there are great deals to be had when you buy a recycled item.
7) LUNCH BREAK- If you bring your own lunch, put in a reusable container. If you all order lunch, try to place your orders together as there will be much less packaging! Also, you could ask your employer to have fair-trade coffee and get everyone to bring in a favourite mug or glass to use less paper or plastic cups.
8) TELL EVERYONE- It’s much easier to go green at the workplace when your colleagues and employers are supportive.