Bring your green ideas to the office, use ceramic coffee cups, recycled envelopes and get your coworkers to join in.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” Col 3:23
Here are a few ideas for making your office greener! You can be the one to influence others.
– Use electricity wisely
Make sure computers, printers, photocopiers and other equipment get turned off when you go home. Check that monitors are on their most efficient setting (eg set to shut off after 15 mins of no use). When leaving a room for more than a few minutes, switch off the lights. Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Take advantage of natural sunlight as much as possible.
Reduce, reuse, recycle:
Reduce, reuse, recycle” means more than just throwing old notepaper in the blue bin (though you needn’t stop doing that). Really think about everything you use. Do you need disposable cups at the water cooler? Can you use the other side of the used sheets of paper you’ve thrown in the recycle bin?
Australia has added a fourth R – Refuse. Simply put: Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. And, when you do make a purchase, bring your own bags.
Use environmentally friendly office products.
On average, they only cost 5% more, which is a small price to pay to cut down on waste and pollution. Start small – 100 % recycled paper, refillable ink cartridges, non-toxic highlighters, etc
Use non-toxic cleaning products.
There are many brands available nowadays. Encourage your cleaning company to use green cleaning products and if they won’t, switch to one of the many companies that now do use environmentally friendly products.
Make eco-friendly food choices
Encourage use of the 100-mile diet: local first; organic for high consumption foods. When ordering lunch for an office meeting, how about going vegetarian ? Cutting down on meat can have a huge impact on the health of the planet
Encourage working from home, particularly for workers who would normally drive to work. This cuts down on pollution and increases time availability.
For those who do come to the office on a regular basis, encourage (and help arrange) carpooling, use of public transit, biking, or walking.
Aim for a paperless office
Though the paperless office may still seem unrealistic, at least try to cut down on printed material when possible. Read on-screen and only print documents when absolutely necessary. Use only 100% recycled content paper products in the office.
Institute a casual dress code
Not having to wear suits in hot summer months can help keep cooling costs down (and make for a happier workplace).
Fair trade & organic
Buy fair trade, organic coffee and teas for the office. If employees prefer to go out for their hot beverages, encourage them to take their own mugs. Most coffee shops offer a small discount to patrons who do so. More importantly is the reduction in waste from not having to throw out paper or Styrofoam cups.