Creating a more sustainable office doesn’t have to be complicated.
Here are five simple steps to get started:
Recycling is essential to minimizing the huge negative impact waste has on our planet. Start by supplying your office with bins for plastic, paper, glass and cardboard waste. For other materials like empty toner cartridges, check if the supplier offers a recycling program.
As Niels Diffrient said, “No amount of recycling will equal using less in the first place.” Before you click “print,” ask yourself if the document could be easily read on your computer, tablet or phone. If it’s absolutely necessary to print, print double-sided. Another easy way to reduce waste is to cut down on plastic material in the kitchen. Instead of disposable cups, plates and cutlery, use permanent kitchenware instead.
How many people leave their computers on overnight? Before the workday is over, turn off all lights and encourage colleagues to turn off their computers. You can even go a step further and unplug any phone chargers and other electrical devices before you leave the office. Even if they are turned off, many appliances can still use power if left plugged into outlets.
Plants absorb airborne pollutants and release more oxygen into the air – making employees happier and healthier. Spider plants, peace lilies, and snake plants are beautiful, low-maintenance options for the office. Check out Thrive Global’s blog for inspiration on how to create a beautiful, healthy workplace that connects with nature!
Upgrading to more energy-efficient office appliances will pay off over time. A good place to start is to cut down on overhead lighting by adding task lights to workstations. Overhead florescent lighting is notorious for excessive energy consumption. Task lights use significantly less energy and can contribute to yearly energy savings.
We hope these tips help you create a more environmentally friendly workplace. If you have any other ideas, we would love to hear them below!