How to make your Office Greener?
The three R’s of recycling are becoming more important every day, but one place we often notice recycling-savvy is lacking is the office. If you own your own business or you’re just looking to help your workplace embrace a cleaner and greener future, we offer these tips to help you get there.
Use refillable pens
In the USA alone, over four million disposable pens are thrown out on a daily basis. You can prevent this incredible waste by stocking up on refillable pens. To discourage people from going back to the disposables, keep the refill cartridges stocked in the supplies closets and remind everyone that refillable pens are not only environmentally friendly, they’re cheaper in the long run and often write better.
Invest in environmentally friendly materials
There’s a lot of plastic in an office. Help cut back on it by investing in office supplies and furniture that make use of biodegradable or environmentally conscious materials. Use chlorine-free paper and items that contain a high amount of post-consumer recycled content and look for furniture that uses sustainable materials, like UpFiler’s bamboo Hanging Wall File.
Stand-by power sucks up an incredible amount of energy and oftentimes, machines that aren’t in use eat up most of a company’s power bill. Turn off big power suckers at night and invest in a program like Surveyor, which will power down computers in the evening hours.
Move for the light
Installing motion sensors will do wonders for keeping your power bill down and lessening your carbon footprint. If no one is the bathroom, why keep the lights on? Motion sensors will detect a person in the room and keep the lights on as long as they’re there and then turn them off when the room is empty.
Cut waste printing
Many times we’ll print a document only to realize that the fourth page has only a trademark logo or a URL. To prevent this, invest in software programs like GreenPrint that can identify these wasted pages and alert the user before pumping out the ink. The user can then decide whether or not to accept the recommendations.