How To Turn Your Office Green
Whether you are the office manager or just an environmentally-conscious employee, there are plenty of ways you can do your bit to help make your workplace green.
As well as helping the environment, improving energy efficiency and employing ‘green’ practices can help save the business some serious money, and bring other benefits - such as keeping yourself and your colleagues healthier, fitter and even more productive.
Unplug - or at the very least turn off - energy-hogging office equipment like PCs and TVs when they are not needed and place posters reminding people to turn of lights and air conditioning units when they leave meeting rooms or toilets. Better still, install sensors or smart systems to automatically turns lights off when rooms are empty.
If that’s just not practical during working hours, then settle for unplugging equipment at the end of the work day so that they are not using energy overnight - because even standy mode uses up valuable energy resources.
If your office is not on the ground floor of the building then consider using the stairs instead of the lift - and try to persuade your colleagues about the benefits of doing this too.
You’ll be saving office energy by not using the lift and you’ll definitely be getting fitter and boosting your own energy levels too.
Petrol guzzling cars are bad for the environment so why not go green by walking to the office? Yes, you might need to get out of bed earlier but you won’t be frustrated by getting stuck in traffic - and you’ll be clocking up those 10,000 recommended daily steps in no time. Not to mention how much money you’ll save!
If it’s too far to walk, then how about cycling to the office? And, if it’s still too far to cycle, then, at the very very least, explore public transport or try to arrange a regular car share with colleagues who live nearby to you.
Office managers can incentivise employees to cycle to work or take public transport by offering loan schemes for buying bikes or season tickets and provide showers if possible. If you need a fleet of company vehicles, opt for electric or hybrid.
Insist on buying from green suppliers. Whether that’s office supplies, your energy supplier or sub-contractors, explore the providence of what they supply and check their environmental credentials and policies.
Try to cater for lunches or meetings with local, organic and sustainable food. And use proper cups, plates and cutlery rather than disposable ones at those meetings and lunches too. Also, pass up on that daily coffee takeaway. Not only will it save you about £800 a year, but will help to reduce the 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups used in the UK each year.
If you aren’t in charge of selecting suppliers, speak to the people who are and try to explain the benefits of buying green.
Install plants around the office
Turn your workplace literally green by adding plants around the office. Office plants add more healthy oxygen to the workplace and improve indoor air pollution by removing volatile organic compounds like Benzene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene from the air.
As well as helping the office to become a healthier and greener place to work, numerous studies have shown that plants in the office lead to increased work productivity too.
Have A Recycling Centre
Make space in the office for a recycling centre and try to get all employees to use it for drinks cans, plastic water bottles and other recyclable items so that they don’t all end up in the bin.
A recycle centre is a great place to start a real office culture of saving energy, recycling items and living green. If you need help with this, contact us and we can handle your environmentally-friendly waste management needs.