Making real environmentally-friendly changes (no matter how small) in the office can make a big difference and at the same time, they may also inspire others to follow your lead.
Here are fifteen of our favorite tips to help you green your office space!
1. No more styrofoam! Instead use coffee mugs and drinking glasses made of glass or ceramic. Wash, rinse, reuse.
2. Buy recycled! Paper and plastic such as wrapping papers, writing papers, etc.
3. Mop it up! With a sponge or mop instead of paper towels.
4. Refill those water bottles with filtered water from your tap or the water cooler
5. Make it into Scratch! Paper that is! Use the backs of printed documents to jot down notes, in your fax machine and more.
6. Recycle those old manila file folders by relabeling them.
7. Reuse bubble wrap, styrofoam peanuts and other packing materials you receive in shipments.
8. Use refillable pens instead of disposable pens.
9. Donate your magazines to local libraries and senior citizen centers.
10. Recycle newspapers.
11. Conserve energy by purchasing compact florescent bulbs. They use less energy and last years longer than incandescent bulbs.
12. Buy energy efficient appliances and machines such as copiers, faxes, etc.
13. Look for ways to create new uses for product scraps and methods for reducing waste
14. Email it! Instead of printing out emails and reports, upload them to the cloud and share the link with the people who need it. Saves paper, ink and time! Today you can sign documents electronically so the need to print may not be a need after all.
15. Add plants! In addition to cleaning the air of carbon, they look nice and studies have shown they actually improve the mood clean the air by removing carbon, and improve the overall ambience of any office space. In fact, according to WeForum,justbeing in the presence of indoor plants can improve mental and physical health, based on 42 studies they reviewed. Because plants improve air quality, they have proven to benefit our cognitive performance – something that is especially important for people who are inside all day.
So tell us, what are you doing to live and work the Sustainable lifestyle? We want to hear from you…